Chris Brown’s Emotional Performance and More from the BET Awards 2010
A year goes by, and it’s already time to celebrate our favorite stars again, at the annual BET Awards.
It was a night of comebacks at the BET Awards 2010, especially shown by a performance from Chris Brown.
The 21-year-old singer paid a tearful tribute to Michael Jackson with an emotional performance at the BET Awards on Sunday night. He sang and danced through a medley of the late King of Pop’s hits at the awards show, mimicking Jackson’s signature dance moves with almost eerie accuracy.
He started by moonwalking across the stage to “Billie Jean.” Then, as Brown grabbed a microphone to sing “Man in the Mirror,” he broke down in tears. His voice cracked, he couldn’t sing, and at one point he crumpled to the stage in apparent agony. It was a moving moment made even more so by the song’s lyrics and Brown’s recent past.
He received a standing ovation from the audience at the Shrine Auditorium in LA, and lots of praises from fellow artist and fans in Twitter. Just like Kim Kardashian Tweeted, “Wow @ChrisBrown did such an amazing MJ tribute. Amazing job!” Sean Kingston also Tweeted, “WOW Chris Brown Congrats Bro, U KILLED THAT GREAT JOB MY brother.”
The embattled pop star has mostly kept a low profile since pleading guilty to felony assault for beating up Rihanna in February 2009. Brown returned to the stage later in the show when he won the AOL Fandemonium Award. He promised in his speech, “I let you all down before, but I won’t do it again. I promise you.”
The show also featured a stage comeback from Kanye West, in his first awards show performance since his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards – and one from T.I., who had been absent from the stage thanks to serving a prison sentence.
Performances were so plentiful during the 3 1/2-hour show. Usher was backed by a string section as he sang “There Goes My Baby.” Drake, who was named best male hip-hop artist, performed his hit “Thank Me Later.” B.o.B. was joined by Keyshia Cole, and later Eminem, on “Airplanes.”
Eminem continued with his new single, “Not Afraid,” backed by a choir. Mom-to-be Alicia Keys performed a medley of her hits, bookended by two awards. She won for female R&B artist and best collaboration for her song with Jay-Z, “Empire State of Mind.”
The BET Awards honor the year’s best in music, sports and film in 19 categories. Winners are selected by a voting academy comprising industry insiders and executives, music journalists and a group of fans randomly selected by BET.com.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Viewers’ Choice: Rihanna and Young Jeezy, “Hard”
Best Female R&B Artist: Alicia Keys
Best Male R&B Artist: Trey Songz
Best Female HIp-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Drake
Best Collaboration: Alicia Keys and Jay-Z, “Empire State of Mind”
Best New Artist: Nicki Minaj
Best Group: Young Money
Video of the Year: Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, “Video Phone”
Young Stars Awards: Keke Palmer
Best Actress: Mo’Nique
Best Actor: Idris Elba
Best Movie: Precious
Best Gospel: Marvin Sapp
Centric Award: Monica
Subway® Sportswoman of the Year: LeBron James
Subway® Sportsman of the Year: Serena Williams
Best International Act: Dizzee Rascal
Lifetime Acheivement Award: Prince
Humanitarian Award: John Legend
Congrats to all winners!
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