Diddy To Receive Global Icon Award At 2023 VMAs & Will Perform
Sean “Diddy” Combs’ contributions to the music industry will be recognized as he will receive the Global Icon Award at the 2023 Video Music Awards.
Diddy is the first solo recipient of the award and third overall. Previous Global Icon Award winners were the Foo Fighters in 2021 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2022.
He is also a nominee at this year’s award show as he is nominated for four nominations, including Best Hip Hop Song for “Gotta Move On (Queens Remix)” with Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, and Yung Miami, and Best R&B Song for his guest feature on Metro Boomin’s “Creepin’ (Remix),” which has appearances from The Weeknd and 21 Savage. Additionally, both songs are up for Best Collaboration.
The last time Diddy was on a VMA’s stage was in 2005, when he was a host and performer. He led an orchestra in his performance with Snoop Dogg in a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G.
The award show, which will air on Sept. 12 at 8 PM ET/PT, comes three days before he will be releasing The Love Album: Off the Grid. Diddy released the trailer last month which featured cameos from Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, and more. Last week, he dropped the official features list, which includes the aforementioned artists in the trailer, as well as Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R., Summer Walker, Kehlani, Babyface, John Legend, Teyana Taylor, French Montana, Coco Jones, Fabolous, The-Dream, Busta Rhymes, and many more.
In the trailer, he discussed the meaning behind the album’s title.
“We in the love era, that’s the frequency that I’m asking y’all to be a part of,” Diddy says. “I had to go off the grid in order to really lock in ’cause I was so addicted to my phone, so addicted to the work, so addicted to the bulls—.”
The new album is Diddy’s first major album release since Last Train to Paris, a 2010 collab with Dirty Money who will also appear on The Love Album: Off the Grid. His last solo album was released in 2006 was Press Play.
The 2023 VMAs will air live on Tuesday, September 12 at 8 PM ET/PT.