The BET Awards Comeback KidsPublished by Dior Noir on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 3:00 pm.
To be honest, I usually yawn my way through awards shows but I still can’t stop talking about last night’s BET Awards! There were so many entertaining moments but hands down my favorite part of the awards fete was watching the comeback kids work.
Kanye set the tone for the night spitting “Power” from the top of a mountain reminding us all that while he may have had a brief hiatus, we need him and his beats back on the music scene. It was good to see T.I.back in the mix performing after his stint in jail and El Debarge do a set that showed that great music never goes out of style (he’s set to release his first album of new material since 1994 this year!). I even loved seeing the cast of The Game on stage thanking the fans for reviving their show which will come to BET (get ready for Derwin’s baby mama drama!). Still out of all the comeback appearances, last night belonged to your boy Chris Brown.
I was crossing my fingers that it was him underneath the mask (sorry Usher) when the set up began for the Michael Jackson tribute and sure enough he popped up!
Chris did an amazing job channeling MJ and danced his tush off to “Remember the Time,” “Smooth Criminal” (those glow suits! Work!) and when he hit the moonwalk during “Billie Jean” I got shivers and was pretty much done then! Yet when he grabbed the mic to sing “Man in the Mirror” and couldn’t even get the lyrics out because he was choked up and visibly crying the audience got emotional. It was as if he was finally getting a moment to release all the tension from the past year and almost begging us to see that he’s trying to be better. I’ve heard people debate whether or not his emotions were genuine or staged and some have even side-eyed Chris saying that his tears probably weren’t for Michael at all, but I think the King of Pop, someone who knew what it was like to be practically crucified for his behavior in his personal life, would’ve been pleased with that performance.
Just when we thought he was done, Chris won the AOL Fandemonium Award an honor chosen the fans, and gave credit where credit was due: “Bottom line, I couldn’t never do this without my fans. Team Breezy, all the support I’ve been getting from day one. I just wanna say one thing: I let y’all down before but I won’t do it again, I promise. I love y’all.”
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