Travis Scott Gives First Award Show Performance Since Astroworld Tragedy
Back in the game.
Travis Scott took the stage at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards for his first televised award show performance since the tragic Astroworld festival that left ten dead and hundreds more injured.
The Grammy Award winner performed his hit track "Mafia" in a snowy, cave-like setting while dressed in a wintery fur ensemble. Later, he also shared a segment from a brand new song that is believed to be a sneak peek of his upcoming album Utopia.
This marks the artist's second live performance since Astroworld. Following the tragedy, the "Highest in the Room" rapper was hit with hundreds of lawsuits, and was even cut from the lineup at this year's Coachella festival. As OK! previously reported, despite Scott keeping a low profile after facing backlash from the incident, Diddy — who hosted this year's Billboard Music Awards— claimed full responsibility for getting Scott the gig.
"This will be unlike any awards show – I’m bringing the love and setting the frequency at an all-time high," he wrote in a statement made last month. "The Billboard Music Awards truly represent the artists and where music is today, so I’m excited to curate the biggest live performances and surprises. The world has to tune in to see."
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Diddy later elaborated on one of the "surprises" in an an Instagram video.
"For the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday I made a request, I made a demand. I said, 'My brother Travis Scott has to perform. I'm executive producing, he has to perform,'" he continued, "and NBC said, 'Yes.' It's going down Sunday, Travis Scott will be performing … now that's love."
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Scott attended the music awards show with on-and-off girlfriend Kylie Jenner and their adorable 4-year-old daughter, Stormi. The couple also share a newborn son whose new name has not yet been publicly announced. The Kardashians star previously share they changed their son's name from Wolf Jacques Webster because they "didn’t feel like it was him."
"We just haven't fully, legally changed it or anything, so I don't want to announce a new name and then change it again," she explained in an April interview. "We're not ready to share the new name yet."