Diddy says ‘Billboard’ Music Awards is about “love and forgiveness” this year


As Diddy prepares to host the Billboard Music Awards this weekend, he’s giving Billboard a taste of what to expect.

In particular, he explains why it was important for the show to have Travis Scott and country singer Morgan Wallen perform — two artists who have been embroiled in controversy recently.

“The mood of the show is about love and forgiveness,” Diddy says. “As a musical family, none of us are saints; none of us are without things that happen to them in life. So one of the things I’m doing directly is un-canceling the canceled. That’s breaking news because people haven’t been about uncanceling. But canceling is a trend that needs to stop.”

“Travis went through a tragedy; Morgan [used the N-word] while talking to his boy,” he continues. “People make mistakes. Now we’re moving on with love and respect for everybody that was hurt or affected. It’s time to forgive.”

Diddy, who’s also executive producing the show, adds that the ceremony is about everybody “getting a second chance at life” post-pandemic. “We need love and I’m excited about celebrating that,” he says.

The Billboard Music Awards airs Sunday on NBC.

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