Sean “Diddy” Combs may face challenges attending the 2024 Grammys, as the Recording Academy is currently reviewing its invitation to the artist. Combs has been recently sued by four different women over sexual abuse claims, leading to discussions about his attendance at the February 4 ceremony. Despite his nomination for Best Progressive R&B Album for his 2023 project, The Love Album: Off the Grid, the Recording Academy is taking the matter seriously and carefully evaluating the situation.
In a statement provided to Rolling Stone, the organization stated, “We are taking this matter very seriously and we are in the process of evaluating it with the time and care that it deserves.” While there is no current discussion about rescinding the nomination, the Academy’s decision to uphold Combs’ invitation remains uncertain. It is noteworthy that in 2021, both Louis C.K. and Marilyn Manson, who faced accusations of sexual abuse, were nominated, with C.K. winning Best Comedy Album.
Grammy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. had previously stated that the Academy does not consider individuals’ histories or criminal records during the submission process. He emphasized focusing on the legality within their rules, considering the recording’s eligibility based on date and other criteria.
The recent allegations against Combs began with Cassie, who came forward as the first woman to allege sexual abuse during her decade-long relationship with him. Following her public disclosure, a private settlement was reached between the former couple. Subsequently, three more individuals have come forward, including one woman who claimed she was sex trafficked and gang-raped in 2003. Combs has denied all allegations.