Sean “Diddy” Combs is slated to receive the Global Icon Award and make his live return after a year to the live circuit with a performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).
The legendary rapper will be awarded at New Jersey’s Prudential Center for his “unparalleled career and continued influence that has achieved unrivalled global success in music and beyond” on Tuesday, September 12th.
On top of the Glocal Icon Award, which follows his win of the Harlem Icon Award, Diddy has also been nominated for four other major awards this year: ‘Best Rap’, ‘Best R&B’ and two ‘Best Collaboration’ nominations for his work on ‘Creepin’ (Remix) and ‘Gotta Move On’ featuring Bryson Tiller, Ashanti and Yung Miami.
It will be the first time he’s performed at the VMAs since 2005. Diddy previously made his live debut at the awards ceremony in 1997, performing ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’ from The Notorious B.I.G.’s album Life After Death, which he featured on along with Mase.
The Global Icon Award was handed last year to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who dedicated their coveted prize to the recently deceased Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died from a cardiac arrest in Columbia earlier this year.
Shakira will also be awarded at the event with the ‘Video Vanguard Award’, which celebrates excellence by a performing artist or director in music videos. It was won last year by Nicki Minaj, with previous recipients including LL Cool J, Missy Elliott and Janet Jackson.
In other news, Diddy has announced that, rather than selling the entire catalogue, he will be returning the publishing rights of music by the likes of Notorious B.I.G. and Faith Evans to his Bad Boys Record label.