Kanye West made his first public appearance since his controversial online outbursts toward ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her partner Pete Davidson at the 2022 BET Awards.

Kanye West honours Diddy in first public appearance since Kim and Pete drama

Kanye West honours Diddy in first public appearance since Kim and Pete drama

The 'Jesus Walks' rapper delivered a heart-warming speech as he presented Sean 'Diddy' Combs' with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night (26.06.22).

The appearance came after the hip-hop icon was banned from performing at this year’s Grammys due to his "concerning online behaviour", which also saw him temporarily banned from Instagram.

He began his speech: “How do we crown our kings?

“How do we appreciate our kings? To think how far we could just make it off of inspiration, to hear the way somebody chopped a sample...”

Kanye - who legally changed his name to Ye - continued: “This is my favourite artist.

You see what I’m saying? Favourite artist—everything—specifically, production, drip. You know, back then, it was so many rules to hip-hop. And he broke all of them and broke down all the doors and understood contracts the way a lot of us still don’t, understood money the way a lot of us still don’t.”

The 45-year-old rap legend - who has North, eight, Saint, six, Chicago, four, and Psalm, three, with SKIMS founder Kim - then quipped that the 'I'll Be Missing You' hitmaker, also known as Puff Daddy, is the reason why he chose to marry the 41-year-old reality star in 2014.

Ye went on: “He inspires so many of my choices, my life choices, my wife choices.

“And here we are. Thanks for that, Puff.”

He added: "You might know him as Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Combs. But when it’s hitting a certain point, I thought at the end of it, all is love — all of it. All we have is love. In Jesus’ name, bring out Love."

Following Kanye's well-received introduction, the likes of Mary J. Blige, Nas, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes, Bryson Tiller, Faith Evans, and the Maverick City Choir honoured Diddy with a career-spanning performance, before the man himself came out.