Billboard Music Awards: Travis Scott’s performance divides fans after Astroworld
Billboard Music Awards 2022 viewers were left divided as Travis Scott returned to the stage in his first TV performance since the Astroworld tragedy.
He also made it a family affair as girlfriend Kylie Jenner, and their daughter Stormi, joined him on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony.
After being introduced by host Diddy, the 31-year-old performed two songs – Mafia and Lost Forever – on a futuristic set.
However, fans watching on home weren’t too impressed with the booking, questioning if it was ‘too soon’ after the tragedy at the Astroworld festival last November left 10 dead.
‘Who asked for Travis Scott? He still needs to be in timeout for that mess at Astroworld. #BBMAs,’ a follower suggested.
‘Does anyone think it’s too soon for Travis Scott to be performing on a huge platform like this?? #BBMAs #BBMAs2022,’ another questioned.
One fumed: ‘Nobody was feeling Travis Scott!! Boooooooo #BBMAs.’
‘Couldve done without that Travis Scott performance tbh #BBMAs [sic],’ a viewer agreed.
Despite a mixed reaction, others heaped praise on his stint on stage.
‘Travis ALWAYS has some of the best visuals. Best performance thus far tonight. #BillboardMusicAwards #BBMAs2022 #BBMAs,’ a Twitter user said.
‘Travis Scott is STILL dat dude!! Will remain!! This #BBMAs performance is SICKENING,’ a a fan commented.
As a viewer added: ‘I’m loving the futuristic vibe Travis Scott’s performance is giving at the #BBMAs.’
This marked his first televised stage performance since tragedy struck at his Astroworld performance on November 5, in Houston.
Travis took to the stage at around 9pm at the event, when the crowd – of roughly 50,000 – surged towards him, leaving many trapped under the movement and unable to breathe.
The death toll rose to 10 and hundreds more were injured in the ordeal, with the youngest victim just nine years old.
Travis, along with event organizers, is facing multiple lawsuits from attendees – and was condemned for continuing his set while unconscious bodies were pulled from the audience in front of him.
He has maintained that he was unaware of the casualties, despite being asked by many in the audience to stop.
Diddy later declared that it is time to ‘forgive’ the dad-of-two over the incident, ahead of the Billboard Music Awards.
The star served as presenter and executive producer, and was said to be a key factor in his return to the stage.
‘Travis went through a tragedy,’ he said of the decision. ‘Now we’re moving on with love and respect for everybody that was hurt or affected. It’s time to forgive.
‘Everybody in the room is getting a second chance at life, you know, because we’re back inside with no masks on.
‘We need love and I’m excited about celebrating that.’
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