Kanye West makes first public appearance since Grammys snub, says he's been 'legally dead for a year'

ovest, who wore a face mask and gloves and was almost completely covered in clothing, explained his recent absence from the public spotlight.

“Sai, I took a little hiatus. ho detto, I just want to declare myself legally dead for a year,” West ha detto.I just want to be off the grid.

Kanye West onstage during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 a Los Angeles, California.

Kanye West onstage during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 a Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

West’s comments came as he presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Diddy, who he praised as a talented artist and a wise friend.

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How do we crown our kings? How do we appreciate our kings?” West asked the crowd at the Microsoft Theater.

I go to him for advice to this day. He inspires so many of my choices, so many of my life choices. My wife choices,” West rhythmically added, referencing his former marriage to Kim Kardashian. “Grazie per quello, Puff.

Kanye West speaks onstage during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 a Los Angeles, California.

Kanye West speaks onstage during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 a Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET)

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Puff is pretty persistent, but I had to think, Fra, è come, people get amnesia. Like I should never have Puff have to ever call more than one time,” West continued. “Any of us in this room if Puff ever need us, we need to jump and be there. This man has been through [e] survived a lot of stuff and broke down a lot of doors so we can be standinghe broke down so many doors of classism, gusto, swag.

Puff, if I never told you, ti amo, you’re my brother,” West added.

Sean "Diddy" Combs arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday, giugno 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Sean “Diddy” Combs arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday, giugno 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The appearance was West’s first awards show appearance since he was uninvited from performing or appearing at the Grammy Awards in April. The show citedconcerning online behaviorfor snubbing West.

At the BET Awards, Diddy embraced West on stage and thanked him for his comments. He also announced he would be making a pair of sizable financial donations.

Before I leave, I want to donate a million dollars to Howard University, and also I’m gonna drop another million dollars on Deon Sanders and Jackson State because we should play for us,” Diddy said in his acceptance speech. “Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Mariah Carey performs at the BET Awards on Sunday, giugno 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Mariah Carey performs at the BET Awards on Sunday, giugno 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (WILL SMITH NON SARÀ "PERMANENTEMENTE ANNULLATO" DA HOLLYWOOD MA IL SUO MARCHIO È "PER SEMPRE APPARSO")

BET CEO Scott Mills also praised Diddy in a statement, chiamandolo a “pioneering forceand someone whoexemplified Black excellence.

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Diddy has always been a pioneering force in our community, breaking barriers, achieving unprecedented heights, blazing new trails, e, in so doing, raising the bar for all of us,” ha detto in una dichiarazione, People.com reported. “His virtuosity is matched only by his range — from music to media, cultura, attività commerciale, and philanthropy — Diddy has exemplified Black Excellence.

Kanye West onstage during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 a Los Angeles, California.

Kanye West onstage during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 a Los Angeles, California. (Foto di Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

Ha aggiunto: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to use our biggest stage to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of our friend, Diddy.

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Several speakers who took to the stage used their remarks to criticize the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling overturning landmark abortion case Roe. v Wade.

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