Christopher Jordan Wallace, 2017 Billboard Music Awards

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Notorious B.I.G would have been 45 years

To celebrate his friend's 45th birthday and his life, Sean "Diddy" Combs paid a touching tribute to his slain pal, who was murdered in 1997. During the tribute, the music man brought out Biggie's son, Christopher Jordan Wallace, out on stage in a rare public appearance at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

"Right now, I would like to bring a very special guest to the stage. He's a new groundbreaking actor. Brand-new recording artist. That's going to change the game. Please welcome biggie's son, C.J. Wallace."

The 20-year-old, who was born just months before his father was gunned down, briefly spoke about his iconic father.

Notorius B.I.G., Biggie Smalls

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"I know my father is looking down on all of us tonight," said C.J. "And all of this love and support, my sister and I carry on his name with tremendous pride, and live my life by his words."

Diddy also spoke about his new documentary called Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. The film, directed by Daniel Kaufman, shows a behind-the-scenes look at the history of Bad Boy Entertainment, as well as Biggie's muder.

Watch E!'s Live From The Red Carpet at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 21 and tune into ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT for the Billboard Music Awards. Then, watch Fashion Police: The 2017 Billboard Music Awards Monday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT only on E!

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