A Chris Brown BET Awards 2010 set wasn’t expected. However, the Chris Brown BET Awards 2010 performance made Brown the BET Awards star. This was not expected a year ago, as he was in the midst of his domestic abuse scandal. In fact, his attack on Rhianna kept him out of last year’s show, and also kept him from taking part in their tribute to Michael Jackson. However, the Chris Brown BET Awards 2010 Michael Jackson tribute corrected that, as the star literally broke down while paying tribute.
The anniversary of Jackson’s death was marked days earlier, with several tributes to the King of Pop. As such, BET wrapped up a weekend of Michael Jackson tributes with their own homage. To honor Jackson, the show recruited another star who is acclaimed for his talent, but racked with his own past personal scandals.
The Chris Brown performance served as a Jackson tribute, in both dancing and singing. Brown mimicked Jackson’s moves for “Remember the Time,” “Smooth Criminal” and “Billie Jean,” then had to sing Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror” When that time came, Brown could barely sing the lyrics through his tears.
“Man In The Mirror” is about making changes and bettering one’s self, which Brown has badly needed to do lately. As such, the Chris Brown BET Awards 2010 Michael Jackson tribute might have been about Brown as much as it was about Jackson. His tears got the audience behind him, as they sang along while Brown could not get the words out.
Brown was also a winner in the show, as he won AOL’s “Fandemonium” prize later on. He acknowledged that he let his fans down before, but promised he wouldn’t do it again. As this was his first major performance since the scandal, his comeback – and his efforts to keep that promise – has only just started.
The BET Awards appearance was a major milestone for the singer. Before he let his temper get out of hand, his moves were frequently compared to Jackson’s. Now, as he tries to be best known for his music again, it is no coincidence that he started off with a Michael Jackson tribute. Like Jackson, fans are arguing whether his talent is enough to balance out his off-stage ordeals.
After Chris Brown’s BET Awards 2010 Michael Jackson tribute, that debate will get louder than ever. Perhaps that is a fitting way to close this year’s Jackson homages after all.
MTV.com- “Chris Brown Melts Down During BET Awards Michael Jackson Tribute”
Washington Post- “Based on his BET Awards turn, is it time to forgive Chris Brown?”
Dayton Daily News- “Were Chris Brown’s tears during MJ performance real or really fake?”