Masked Kanye West returns to the public eye with a surprise appearance at the BET Awards

Moving away from the spotlight after a series of disputes with Kim Kardashian, Kanye “Ye” West returned to the public eye STAVKI Awards 2022.

The rapper appeared on stage during Sunday night’s awards ceremony to help present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sean “Diddy” Combs, following an introduction by singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

Wearing a mask and sunglasses that completely obscured his face, Ye went on to praise Combs for inspiring artists like himself who benefited from his pioneering legacy.

“How do we crown our kings? How do we value our kings?” said the rapper at the beginning of his somewhat meandering speech. “Just think how far we could go if we were inspired by hearing someone cut a sample.”

He went on to call Combs his “favorite artist”, noting how the music mogul was a game changer as a performer, businessman and entrepreneur.

“He broke so many doors of classism, taste, culture, freebies,” Ye said between increasingly heavy sighs. “Puff, if I had never told you I love you. You are my brother”.

“I go to him for advice for the day. He inspires so many of my decisions. So many of my life choices are my wife’s choice,” he continued, presumably referring to the fact that both he and Combs married women named Kim before bursting into laughter. “Thank you for this Puff.”

It’s unclear what else Ye might be hinting at when it comes to Combs’ connection to the reality TV star. The former couple, who broke up in February 2021 after seven years of marriage, attended Combs’ 50th birthday party in 2019 as a subject.

This year’s BET Awards marked West’s first appearance at an awards show since the Grammy Awards. forbade him to speak at a ceremony in April due to “behavior on the Internet”.

Ye briefly mentioned his career hiatus, sharing that he wanted to “declare himself officially dead for a year” but that “Puff is pretty pushy.”

“Any of us in this room, if Puff ever needs us, we should jump in and be there,” he said. “This man has gone through a lot. They broke down a lot of doors so we could stand. I know for myself that I could be here today.”

Although the presence of the rapper “Donda” at the ceremony was unexpected, it was not shocking, given his many nominations.

Ye received awards in categories such as Best Hip-Hop Artist, Album of the Year, and Dr. Bobby Jones Award for Best Gospel/Inspiration, but did not win a single win.