Sunday was the Grammys, but Diddy made waves before the event officially kicked off when he gave a speech during Clive Davis' pre-Grammys gala, slamming the academy for their treatment of hip hop and its artists.
"So I say this with love to the Grammys because you really need to know this, every year y'all be killing us man. Man, I'm talking about the pain. I'm speaking for all these artists here, the producers, the executives," he said during the speech, which reportedly lasted almost an hour. "The amount of time it takes to make these records, to pour your heart into it, and you just want an even playing field."
"In the great words of Erykah Badu, 'We are artists, and we are sensitive about our (expletive).' We are passionate. For most of us, this is all we got. This is our only hope," Diddy continued. "Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys. Black music has never been respected by the Grammys to the point that it should be."
He then added, "So right now with this current situation, it's not a revelation. This thing been going on, and it's not just going on in music, it's going on in film, it's going on in sports, it's going around the word," Combs said. "And for years we've allowed institutions that have never had our best interest at heart to judge us. And that stops right now.
"I'm officially starting the clock—y'all got 365 days to get this sh*t together."
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