Kayne West Shows Up At BET Awards Wearing Bizarre Getup
Kanye West praised Sean “Diddy” Combs at the BET Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday and told the crowd he has been “legally dead for a year.”
Wearing a face mask and gloves and completely covered in clothing, West explained his recent absence from the public.
“You know, I took a little hiatus. I said, I just want to declare myself legally dead for a year,” West said. “I just want to be off the grid.”
West’s comments came as he presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Diddy, who he described as a talented artist and a wise friend.
“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. “Thanks for that, Puff.”
“Puff is pretty persistent, but I had to think, bro, it’s like, 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 needs us, we need to jump and be there. This man has been through [and] survived a lot of stuff and broke down a lot of doors so we can be standing… he broke down so many doors of classism, taste, swag.”
“Puff, if I never told you, I love you, you’re my brother,” West added.
The appearance was West’s first awards show appearance since he was uninvited to perform or appear at the Grammy Awards in April due to “concerning online behavior.”
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.”