When Jermaine Jackson came on stage at the BET Awards to introduce a tribute to his brother Michael Jackson, he didn’t say the name of the performer. He just announced, “Here he is!” before Chris Brown appeared behind a screen on stage.
Brown has been shut out of Michael Jackson tributes over the last year, having fallen out of favor with the public after his assault of Rihanna became public knowledge.When finally given the chance to honor his idol, Brown went all out – sparkly socks, arm brace, and all.
He danced and lip-synced along to several of Jackson’s hits, but the
real highlight of the performance came when it was time for Brown
himself to sing Jackson’s hit “Man in the Mirror.” When he opened his
mouth to sing the opening line, “I’m gonna make a change for once in my
life,” Brown couldn’t get the words out, fighting back tears.
Was he weeping for Jackson, or because the words hit a bit too close to
home? We’re guessing it was a bit of both. Brown never managed to pull
himself together, so he dropped the microphone and just sang along with the
audience, tears streaming down his face.
NERVOUS FOR ME… im s***tin’ a brick right now!!!!!” We think that
showing some raw human emotion might do some good for Brown’s tarnished
public image… maybe.
According to the official BET Twitter, Jermaine Jackson thought that “C. Breezy’s performance was Jacksonesque!”
What are your thoughts, Zap2it readers? Should Chris Brown have been
allowed to perform at the BETs, or is he still persona non grata? Do
you think Michael Jackson would have been proud of that performance?
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