Sean “Diddy” Combs will receive the lifetime achievement award at the 2022 BET Awards. The award show is hosted by Taraji P. Henson for the second year in a row, and will air live on June 26 on BET at 8 p.m. ET/PT from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
“Diddy has always been a pioneering force in our community, breaking barriers, achieving unprecedented heights, blazing new trails, and, in so doing, raising the bar for all of us,” BET CEO Scott Mills said in a statement. “His virtuosity is matched only by his range – from music to media, culture, business, and philanthropy. …We are delighted to have this opportunity to use our biggest stage to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of our friend Diddy.”
“Puff’s contributions to culture transcend hip hop,” said Jesse Collins, BET Awards executive producer and founder and CEO, Jesse Collins Entertainment. “Growing up in D.C., I watched his rise at Howard University as he repped Black excellence from day one. It’s an honor to celebrate him now, while he is still on his incredible journey.”
Combs is just the second recipient of the lifetime achievement award who started his career in the industry as a rapper. He follows Queen Latifah, who won it last year.
In his career, Diddy has taken home three BET Awards: video of the year (2002) for “Pass the Courvoisier, Part II” (with Busta Rhymes & Pharrell Williams); Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award (2003) for “Bump, Bump, Bump” (with B2K); and best group (2011) for Diddy-Dirty Money.
Awards-wise, Doja Cat is this year’s top nominee, with six nods. Ari Lennox and Drake are runners-up, with four nods each. Baby Keem, Silk Sonic, Chlöe, Future, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Kanye, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Baby, Mary J. Blige and Tems each received three nominations.
See a full list of the nominees below: