Beyoncé & Jay-Z Give Standing Ovation to Diddy after His Fiery 50-Minute Speech at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala

Lois Oladejo
Jan 28, 2020
11:00 A.M.
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Hollywood power couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z honored Grammy Award Winning hip hop artist Sean Diddy following his revolutionary acceptance speech at the 2020 Grammy Awards.


Rapper and record producer, Sean Diddy, on Sunday, stood out as a voice of African-American artists following his powerful speech delivery.

The 50-minute speech, delivered at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala earned the record executive a resounding ovation from the crowd, led by legendary couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z.

ay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter attend Sean Combs 50th Birthday Bash presented by Ciroc Vodka on December 14, 2019 in Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images


The power-packed delivery was rendered by the artist after he bagged the honors for "Industry Icon" in the 2020 Grammy Awards. During his speech, Diddy called out the Grammys for their seeming snub of the African-American music genre.

He continued by saying the least hip hop and R&B artists deserved after pouring out their hearts into their records was an "even playing field." He said:

"There is something I need to say to the Grammys, and I say this with love to the Grammys. Every year y'all be killing us. I am speaking for all the artists and executives."


The "Coming Home" singer went on to point out that hip hop and "black" music had never been respected by the Grammys.

The 50-year-old also noted that the biased treatment extended to other entertainment industries, including sports and movies, and has been on for years, with no one coming out to take a stand.

The father of six dealt the Grammys a one-year ultimatum to bring an end to the diss of black music.


Voicing out his grievances, Diddy explained how having institutions like the Grammys, which did not have the interests of hip hop artists at heart, be the judge over them was a stench that ought to be stopped immediately.

After sharing his 50-minute revolutionary string of words, he dealt the Grammys a one-year ultimatum to bring an end to the diss of black music. The star also took to social media to reaffirm his stance, tweeting:



The three-time Grammy Award-winner's speech was borne out of the prevalence of black folks losing out on the honorary awards for decades.

Since the inception of the Awards, only two rappers have landed a win for best album of the year, including Lauren Hills, for her album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," and "The Love Below," by OutKast.

Last year, singer, "Childish Gambo," made history when his song, "This Is America," was awarded song and record of the year, making him the first hip hop crooner to achieve the feat.

Hopefully, with Diddy's distress call, more R&B and hip hop artists would mark their name in the Grammys record of fame.