One of the most successful American rappers, P. Diddy delivered a fiery speech at the 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony which was held yesterday, January 26, 2020, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Moment after coming up on stage to receive an award, the rapper, real name Sean Diddy Combs seized the chance to fire the organisers for the apparent disrespect they have shown towards black people and their culture (Hip-Hop).
This is a sentiment which has, and continue to be expressed by the black community in the entertainment world and it was P. Diddy who said it right under the noses of the Grammy Awards organizers after he picked up, ‘Salute To Industry Icons’ award.
”There’s something that I need to say to the Grammys — and I say this with love. Every year y’all be killing us. I’m speaking for all the artists and executives: in the great words of Erykah Badu, ‘We are artists and we are sensitive about our shit.’ For most of us, this is all we’ve got. This is our only hope.
Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys. Black music has never been respected by the Grammys
So right now, with this current situation, it’s not a revelation. This thing been going on — not just in music, but in film, sports, around the world. And for years we’ve allowed institutions that have never had our best interests at heart to judge us — and that stops right now.
I’m officially starting the clock: you’ve got 365 days to get this shit together. We need the artists to take back control, we need transparency, we need diversity. This is the room that has the power to [force] the change that needs to be made. They have to make the changes for us: They’re a non-profit organization that is supposed to protect the welfare of the musical community. That’s what is says on the mission statement: they work for us.
It’s going to take all of us to get this done. I’m here for the artists, so sign me up. “
Diddy to Grammys: Hip-hop has always been disrespected. “You have 365 days to do better.” pic.twitter.com/3JjuiobtHC
— Andrew Hampp (@ahampp) January 26, 2020