Wednesday, May 22, 2024

UPDATE: Sean P Diddy Combs Got His Way: Travis Scott, Morgan Wallen Will Be Welcomed on Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards


I’ve confirmed with NBC that both rapper Travis Scott and country star Morgan Wallen will perform on the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night.

Dick Clark Productions and NBC have caved to the desires of Sean P Diddy Combs, who is hosting the show. Billboard, which creates the awards, is obviously cool with it, too.

All these organizations for some reason are eager to normalize Travis Scott despite the AstroWorld tragedy last year in which a dozen people died and hundreds were injured. Scott is being sued by everyone involved, accused of inciting and encouraging the crowd surge at the concert which caused such destruction.

Hey, but that was last year, right? Like, six months ago. All is forgiven, right?

Well, no, not if you lost a family member or friend in the disaster. Or if you’re the woman who filed suit today. She says the crowd crush caused her to miscarry a child. Also, Scott has a history before Astro World of violence at his shows, injuries, and other lawsuits.

But this what has happened: no one will take a stand against putting this person on TV as a rock star. Not even Billboard will take a stand, and they reported at the end of January about 400 lawsuits that were combined into one against Scott and the show’s organizers. There’s some disconnect between Billboard and its music awards.

Meanwhile, it was also determined that country star Morgan Wallen is also rehabilitated now. He was over heard in a home video using the N word last year. For a short time he was “punished.” But Wallen’s sales have just grown and grown. He made some donations and paid lip service, and now the incident is behind him. It doesn’t seem to have bothered Combs, who is Black, and has gone on tirades about the mistreatment of Blacks.

And obviously the other Black artists on The Billboard Music Awards, including Scott, don’t care about what Wallen did.

But that’s the way it goes. Death, racism, none of it apparently matters when ratings might be involved.

You can read more about AstroWorld here.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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