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Diddy slams Grammys organisers saying ‘black music has never been respected’

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has used the annual pre-Grammys bash to take aim at the organisers over a perceived lack of respect towards black music.

The 50-year-old took aim at Clive Davis’ organisation as he gave a 50-minute speech ahead of receiving the icon award at the gala.

Diddy did not hold back with his assessment of the state of the awards and the nominations as he spoke out.

The music mogul said: “I have to be honest. The last few days I’ve been conflicted. I’m being honored by this industry I love, this family that I love, but there’s an elephant in the room and it’s not just about the Grammys.”

“This is discrimination and injustice everywhere at an all-time high. But there’s something I need to say to the Grammys and I changed my middle name to love, so it’s Sean Love Combs now…

“I say this with love to the Grammys because you really need to know this. Every year, y’all be killing us man.

“I’m talking about the pain. I’m speaking for all the artists here, producers and executives – the amount of time to make these records, to pour your heart out into it…

“In the great words of Erykah Badu, ‘We are artists and we’re sensitive about our s***. We are passionate.’”

Diddy then went on to claim that the Grammys shuns black artists, as his diatribe continued.

He continued: “For most of us, this is all we’ve got. It’s our only hope. 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. So, right now, in 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 on around the world.”

Diddy was not finished there as he continued his hit out at the awards.

He added: “And for years, we’ve allowed institutions, that have never had our best interest at heart, to judge us.

“And that stops right now. Y’all got 365 days to get this s*** together…

“We need the artists to take back control. We need transparency. We need diversity. This is the room that has the power to make the change. It needs to be made.”

Diddy received a standing ovation from the artists in the room, which included Jay-Z and Beyonce.