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Diddy Slams the Recording Academy Ahead of 2020 Show: 'Black Music Has Never Been Respected By The Grammys'

Diddy Slams the Recording Academy Ahead of 2020 Show: 'Black Music Has Never Been Respected By The Grammys'

Diddy slammed the Recording Academy and the Grammys ahead of the show’s big Sunday night awards ceremony.

While accepting an award as the 2020 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons honoree at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammys Gala, he honed in on the current situation for artists during a 50-minute acceptance speech.

“There’s something that I need to say to the Grammys — and I say this with love,” Diddy told the crowd. “Every year y’all be killing us. I’m speaking for all the artists and executives: in the great words of Erykah Badu, ‘We are artists and we are sensitive about our sh–.’ For most of us, this is all we’ve got. This is our only hope.”

“Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys. Black music has never been respected by the Grammys,” Diddy continued.

“So right now, with this current situation, it’s not a revelation. This thing been going on — not just in music, but in film, sports, around the world. And for years we’ve allowed institutions that have never had our best interests at heart to judge us — and that stops right now,” Diddy said while the crowd cheered, Variety reports.

“I’m officially starting the clock: you’ve got 365 days to get this sh— together. We need the artists to take back control, we need transparency, we need diversity. This is the room that has the power to [force] the change that needs to be made. They have to make the changes for us: They’re a non-profit organization that is supposed to protect the welfare of the musical community. That’s what is says on the mission statement: they work for us,” he added.

Diddy concluded with, “It’s going to take all of us to get this done. I’m here for the artists, so sign me up.”

Here’s the full list of Grammy nominees for tonight’s show.

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Sam Rockwell, Chrissy Metz, & More Honor the Best Directors at DGA Awards 2020!

Sam Rockwell, Chrissy Metz, & More Honor the Best Directors at DGA Awards 2020!

Sam Rockwell and Chrissy Metz appear on stage at the 2020 Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday (January 25) at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles.

Sam was at the event to honor his Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi, who was nominated for Best Director. Parasite‘s Bong Joon-ho received a tribute from the film’s star Lee Jeong-eun and The Irishman‘s Martin Scorsese (who did not attend) received a tribute from Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

Leonardo DiCaprio was at the event to honor Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s Quentin Tarantino while Sam Mendes won the Best Director award for 1917.

Honey Boy director Alma Har’el went home with the First-Time Feature Film Director award, which was presented by Catherine Hardwicke.

Bill Hader won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for his work on Barry.

Some more nominated directors in attendance included The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, Queen & Slim‘s Melina Matsoukas, AtlanticsMati Diop, When They See UsAva DuVernay, El Camino‘s Vince Gilligan, and Fosse/Verdon‘s Thomas Kail.

More stars in attendance included Anthony Anderson, Constance Zimmer, Terry Crews, Katheryn Winnick, Byron Bowers, Judd Apatow, and Christine Lahti.

60+ pictures inside of celebs at the DGA Awards… More Here! »

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Kelly Osbournes Joins Parents Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammys Gala

Kelly Osbournes Joins Parents Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammys Gala

The Osbourne family pose together on the red carpet as they arrive at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammys Gala on Saturday evening (January 25) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Ozzy Osbourne, wife Sharon, and daughter Kelly all coordinated in black outfits as they stepped out for the event.

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The Osbourne‘s eldest daughter Aimee made an extremely rare appearance during a day out with mom Sharon.

10+ pictures inside of the Osbournes arriving at the event…More Here! »

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Diddy is Joined by All Six Kids While Being Honored at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammys Gala!

Diddy is Joined by All Six Kids While Being Honored at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammys Gala!

Sean “Diddy” Combs is supported by all six of his kids during his big night!

The 50-year-old entertainer stepped out in style for Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammys Gala on Saturday night (January 25) in Los Angeles.

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Joining Diddy on the red carpet where his six kids – Quincy Brown, 28, Justin Combs, 26, Christian Combs, 21, Chance Combs, 14, and 13-year-old twins D’Lila and Jessie James Combs.

Inside the event, Diddy was honored for all of his musical achievements.

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and singer Faith Evans were also in attendance.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Honors Director Quentin Tarantino at DGA Awards 2020!

Leonardo DiCaprio Honors Director Quentin Tarantino at DGA Awards 2020!

Leonardo DiCaprio speaks on stage at the 2020 Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday (January 25) at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles.

The 45-year-old actor spoke at the event to honor his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino, who was nominated for Best Director.

The award went to Sam Mendes for 1917.

Leo and Quentin are both nominated for Oscars for their work on the movie, so you can expect to see them at that event two weeks from now.

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