BET honored Diddy with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for all his contributions to the industry.
The 52-year-old music mogul hit the stage to perform after artists Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes, The Lox, Bryson Tiller, Faith Evans, and The Maverick City Choir ran through a string of Diddy-produced biggest hits.
Babyface and Kanye spoke about the impact Diddy has had on them and the music industry, before presenting him with his award. Diddy thanked several important people in his life, including late music exec Andre Harrell, late rapper Heavy D, late Hip Hop icon The Notorious B.I.G., and his beloved mother of his children, Kim Porter, who died in 2018.
But … the gratitude didn’t stop there. Even though they’ve since broken up and gone their separate ways, Diddy also thanked his ex/singer Cassie, who is now married with two children.
“I’ma keep it a hundred with y’all,” he said. “I was in a dark place for a few years, you know what I’m saying? And I have to give a special thank you shout out, thank you, all that love. I gotta give a special thank you to the people that was really like there for me.”
“Bishop T.D. Jakes, my Chief of Staff, Kristina Khorram, Laurieann Gibson, [for] keeping me free,” he continued. “Yeah… and also Cassie, for holding me down in the dark times.”
Of course folks online had a lot to say, especially since because his “current” boo Caresha was not mentioned and she was in the audience holding up “Congrats Papi” sign.
Diddy was just one of a laundry list of artists awarded during the show. See full list here.