"It's great, I love BET, but I'm really here for Diddy," the politician told VIBE ahead of his surprise performance.
Hosted by Taraji P. Henson, this year's ceremony celebrated Black excellence on all fronts.
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He also dedicated his performance of "I'll Be Missing You" to Kim Porter, the Notorious B.I.G., and Heavy D.
"The D.A. didn't even know those people existed," Deal said of the witnesses sent by Bad Boy security.
"He's about to lose everything," said Shyne. "I'm about to lose everything. I'm from that though. Diddy is a musician, but he wasn't from that."
The former rapper turned politician was deported to Belize in 2009 and arrived in the U.S. for the first time since on diplomatic business.
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