June 28th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Night of the comeback on the BET Awards

Between Prince's Lifetime achievement award and Queen Latifah running the show, there was plenty of royalty at last night's 10th anniversary of the BET Awards. But in the midst of the performances of accolades, the stage was also set for a few big names to make their comebacks.

Jermaine Jackson announced the first return of the evening when he introduced the tribute to his late brother, thanking everyone for their love and support over the past year. He added, “There is one tribute performance we have yet to see…here he is.”

Chris Brown was poised behind the curtain, looking like the silhouette of Michael Jackson himself. Once he came out, there was a palpable moment of tension so strong, it could almost be felt through the TV.

Brown crotch-grabbed and moon-walked his way like a pro through the Michael Jackson songs as a supportive audience cheered him on.

But then the opening bars from “Man in the Mirror” began to play, and we all braced for the irony of the words. Brown got through about one line of the song before his voice started to quiver with tears. After a few heartfelt efforts to regain composure, Brown fell to his knees sobbing and completely gave up trying to sing as the backup track took over.

Whether the tears were over shame for his legal issues involving ex-girlfriend Rihanna - who was absent from the awards show - or something else, we don’t know.

But Brown wasn't the only one returning to the stage: Kanye West opened the show on top of a mountain - literally - as he performed his latest single, "Power." T.I gave an upbeat performance that had the whole crowd moving, and El DeBarge was also a surprising treat as he performed a new song from his upcoming album and a medley of his R&B hits.

Queen Latifah kept the show flowing as she changed outfits about 500 times, and Alicia Keys also had a good night. She won Best Female R&B artist, Best Collaboration for her work with Jay-Z in “Empire State of Mind,” and also fit in two performances: a medley set of her own songs early on in the program, and then she joined in the Prince tribute.

But probably the best Prince performance of the night came from the one and only Patti LaBelle, who sang “Purple Rain” like we've never heard it before. LaBelle flicked her shoes off into the audience where Prince picked one of them up and gestured in respect to the diva.

LaBelle came back and joined Chaka Khan on stage to formally present Prince with his Lifetime Achievement Award.

Overwhelmed by the amount of praise coming from the audience, Prince asked everyone to sit down and said he was “speechless.” He started by thanking Jehovah, and then remarked on the future of music. “I do believe the future is in good hands, there is so much talent here,” he said.

Then Prince offered some words of wisdom to the young talent in the room. “I was pretty wild in my younger days and you don’t have to do what I did and you don’t have to make the mistakes I made,” he said. “Thank you for a wonderful night tonight, I’ll never forget it as long I live.”

Trey Songz took home Best Male R&B Artist and Drake won Best Male Hip Hop Artist. Nicki Minaj received the award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist and thanked the female rappers who paved the way for her.

Rihanna received the coveted Viewer’s Choice Award for “Hard,” but was not there to accept it. Also not there to accept Awards were Beyonce and Lady Gaga, who won Video of the Year for their collaboration in “Video Phone," and Jay-Z was absent from the show as well.

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  1. the truth

    Chris was 18 or 19 when he did what he did! A KID, NOT A MAN! this young boy will find his way! but the Media will make sure he is in a negative light until the day he die, just watch and see! smh.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Geneva

    Chris Brown's tribute was just incredible. No one can ever do Michael Jackson as well as Michael Jackson. Having said that no one has paid tribute to MJ the way Chris Brown did. I have not seen another tribute to MJ that was even close to what Chris Brown did. Kudos to him. I believe Chris' breakdown was a result of a combination of emotions. He was mourning MJ's death as well as looking at himself in the mirror and was showing remorse for what he had done to Rhianna. Rhianna forgave him so who am I not to? He should not be punished for the rest of his life and only time will tell if he truly has made that change. He is still young and hopefully has learned a lesson. I wish him well and just say "welcome back" Chris. You have just earned a new fan.

    June 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. donna

    while people are looking for someone to blame for mjs death... why not look at the whole picture?... he was a very talented person.. this we all know.. his songs will never be forgotten or his love for people ...
    dr. conrad murray should not be help responsible for mjs dealth in any which way or form..he is a good dr. and good person and loved michael and his children just as well as the rest of the world!!!
    this was a case of unfortunate long term drug addiction which continued to worsen his health over the corse of yrs.. it was just a matter of what pill.. or what drug would be the one that ended his life.. no matter who or where he got it from.. all i know is that dr. murray would never have given mj anything strong enough to cause him harm or death!!! he addmitted small dose was given.. not anywhere near an amount that should have cased any harm.. so either mj gave himself more.. or someone else did.. or even may have been just the amount of drugs in his system had had enough on his body.. (AS IT WOULD ANYONE).. it was always russian roulette with him in a way.. there were many other drs. that treated mj for yrs before dr. murray and they fed his addiction for so long.. dr. murray was trying to wean mj down.. this i know... the dr. is a good man.. i know him. and i hope the truth prevails.. amen.. rip mj... and dr murray.. we are with you... donna and lenny...

    June 29, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ohyesss

    It kills me when people point their fingers @ others lk they are perfect themselves... But lk the saying goes 'when you point your finger at others, there are three pointing right back at you' ... Judging and assuming things about a total stranger says a lot about a person... It just makes them look pathetic and hateful... Smh

    June 28, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RRich

    Chris Brown was sincere at the BET awards.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. diana

    I forgive u Chris.......So proud of u......U Did that last night :)
    Continue to be a good person and the sky will be your limit.....Much Success to u

    June 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nineteen80snore

    here is the Chris Brown BET break down analyzed with video

    http://nineteen80snore.com/2010/06/28/chris-brown-break-down-analyzed/

    June 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Samantha

    wow, kim and that rhianna is playing us stuff, holy cow Kim you need to get back on your meds me thinks. i got mad at my husband once and slapped him. thank god he knew he was a man and just grabbed my hands and stopped me til i cooled off instead of beating the living daylights out of me, didn't bite a plug out of me and didn't leave me completely battered. yes i did wrong slapping my husband, so i do thank god my husband wasn't like chris brown and beat the living daylights out of me. so face it Kim, Chris Brown isn't a man, he doesn't come close to the definition of the word MAN. Thug perhaps.

    June 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ohyesss

      Well then if u put it that way... U must b a ghetto hoodrat cuz a real woman/lady would keep her hands to herself as well

      June 28, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Samantha

    so someone here said MJ was cleared of those charges, well actually some of the charges he bought off the family. that said, who knows the truth behind michael and kids, have to admit mentally michael was warped. but he was an incredible performer. the first part of chris browns tribute was touching.....until he got to man in the mirror and then faked breaking down so he could find some pity and get his career back. chris, cry us another river but when you aren't accepted back, please don't go find some young innocent female and beat the snot out of her because it upsets you.

    June 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DC

    sc,

    it is about race and it isn't about race. it is really about fairness, treating all of the crimes and the criminals the same. have the crimes been treated fairly in the media? no. have the criminals been treated equally in the media? the answer is no! then, in order to figure out why they have not been treated fairly you have to look at the obvious/not so obvious, or what some choose not to see, color.

    June 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ToAllTheHaters

    First of all, CNN needs to get their head outta their a@$! Get over it already. The man paid his debt to society just like everyone else who does a crime. The only reason why people are trippin is because he's a young black man. I hate when the race card has to be pulled but dammit, I'm pulling it. Yea they reported the Charlie Sheen's, the Steven Seagal's and every other white man that was in the same situation but for how long....uh lets try couple of days give or take. This man has been crucified for a whole flippin year. In the meantime, RhiRhi, is bedding down every man that comes her way. Oh I see, she's teaching the young teeny boppers its cool to go from man to man. Yea we all understand that these entertainers are grown men and women but the fact remains that they are still role models. Do I condone what he did to her, HELL NO but can and should we move on, YES!! Murderers and Rapists get out of prison everyday and do we see blogs about how unfair it was to release them? Hell no because you wanna know why, they paid their debt to society is what you would hear. So what is the difference with Chris Brown? He didn't go to the extreme as far killing someone but he mind as well have. That's they way everyone is treating him. The man did an outstanding job. Ten times better than what they did for him last year and all people want to do is criticize him for it. The last time I checked, GOD is not walking around judging folk. So stop doing it and let the man do what he loves. If CNN wasn't so ignorant, they would have seen when he accepted his award that he apologized once again for his actions. Chris Brown, stop apologizing to the world. They don't owe you a darn thing. GOD has already forgiven you and he's the only one that matters!!

    June 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • .....

      ToAllTheHaters, Thank you for that repsonse. Chris did an excellent job and I just love him. Crhis will have a bright positive future.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sc

    Ok let me start by saying I do agree people need to give Chris a break and I don't think his tears were staged just because he has hit a women doesn't make him heartless...I have no doubt he is hurt by the loss of mj.....but I don't get why everyone thinks this is a race thing....they absolutely did comment and criticized Charlie sheen and all the other white actors who have hit their Wives...I do think the idea of this story is stupid and they are trying to make something out of nothing but I don't believe its because he's black.

    June 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michelle

    It amazes me that people can have so much hatred in their heart. It says more about you when you speak ill of someone rather that the person you are speaking about. Focus on your own problems rather than others, because you all have problems...SSSSHHH!

    June 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michelle

    WOW! That is all I can say.

    June 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. WhoCares

    we all know that MJ died last year get over it, he was a child molester and should been in prison. I saw Chris Brown and thought it was funny as hell. He was faking the whole thing to try to get his rep back.

    June 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kim

    I am so sick of all the people continuing to punish someone that has apologized time and time again for his mistake. Take a step back and realize there are two sides to every story and Ms. Rihanna is not totally innocent. Many people have come out of said that they have witnessed Rihanna hitting Chris Brown. I do not condone violence, but these women must realize that hitting a man is very wrong and at no time be done. She is a violent person and she has played us. They interview she did discussing the incident made people realize she was not being very truthful about the incident and her career has never been the same. Many of us will continue to support Chris Brown because he is a talented kid and deserves a second chance.

    June 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Cheryl

    CNN where is your outrage over Charlie Sheen still having a TV show? Where is your outgrage over Robert Downey Jr getting a part in a new movie this past year. Where is your outrage in Mel Gibson producing and getting parts in movies. You are such hypocrites. What is the difference between Chris and the above actors? (answere His race). If you really want something done about abuse make sure you go up against anyone one who hits a woman. Not just an african American singer/actor.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • whocares

      TO Cheryl

      Need to go back to elementary school.... ANSWER not answere

      June 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  18. KS

    Chris Brown was the highlight of the show last night !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He was the awesome. His tribute is the only tribute that matters and the only one everyone wanted to see. He is the only one who can move like Micheal and it is a treat to see. We are all human and make mistakes. He doesn't have to answer to any of you..not the media. He has to make peace with Rihanna, pay his debt to society.( whateva the hell that is) and GOD. EVERY man walking the earth is imperfect and makes mistakes. It is how you handle it and strive to change yourself. No one made a big deal when some other big known star (JAY-Z) hit a women and didn't make a mends for it. No community service, no apology, not anything...and where is the backlash from that years ago...it is the same thing. The media and music industry could at least be consistant.
    JUST LEAVE CHRIS BROWN ALONE

    June 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. vavavoom

    Charlie Sheen supposedly assaulted his wife...don't see or hear anyone in the media criticizing him. His career is stil going great...everyone deserves a second chance.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheryl

      I did not hear that his TV show was taken away did you?

      June 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mindyourownbiz

      You're absolutely right! For all you Chris Brown hypocrites – where is your outrage towards Charlie Sheen? Hummmmm?

      June 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  20. breezie02

    I cannot believe how hypocritical the media can be. Just a few weeks ago a teenage girl was punched in the face by a cop. This story has gotten little to no air time. However, in their reporting most of the news media report that the teen was being resistant and the cop had every right to use such force. Let me paint the picture the cop drew back his fist and punched this teen with force right in the face. The teen was a female. Now, to all the bloggers who have blogged over the past year that NEVER is there a reason for a man to hit a woman I ask, where is the proper outrage regarding this assault of a woman??? I just don't get it.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Tracey

    I thought it was staged. Chris Brown looked like a big baby. All that snot and spit flying was gross.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  22. nick

    stephen hill, founder of the bet awards, said in an interview that chris brown really broke down and those tears werent staged as he was stilol crying backstage..why would some1 fake that, he was in the middle of performing a song ya know?

    and we are praising his performance becuase mj is dead (we all miss him) and like my mom said last night, "chris brown is the closest thing alive we have to mike."

    June 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Kent

    "Brown fell to his knees sobbing" Crocodile tears! Get real. Chris Brown is a joke.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dempsy

      And what have you achieved in life,no one has ever heard of you,looser!!Go back to your trailer!!Trash

      June 28, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Dempsy your going to hurt his feelings..........LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 2, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Dempsy your going to hurt his feelings...LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 2, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  24. Shills

    Has he considered a dramatic acting career? Seriously, he needs 'work' but he might have a future.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Jaybrezzy

    I think chris brown did a very good job last night!

    June 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  26. tatiana

    man ion care wut nobody says chric brown did a fantastc jb...nd i love him soo much for that ...

    June 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  27. amigay

    I thought Michael Jackson was dead.....why all this fuss over a one-dimensional performer? Don't immortalize a freak.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  28. akua

    rihanna leaked her own nude pictures, then said now that the world has seen it i am gonna show you more on the stage & everywhere..and is this the person you cry for smh! there is no justice in this world CB is a good boy and as i always say the truth will surely come out....

    June 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Trena

    Leaving race & the rihanna situation out of it.

    I saw the WHOLE tribute he did, not the portion CNN is choosing to show and he did a PHENOMENAL job! I mean he really did MJ justice.

    For some negative people to come on here and say that his breakdown was crocodile tears, you all are REALLY giving this boy WAY TOO MUCH credit with acting skills. I find the accusation to be laughable. On one hand you think he is a dumb, spoiled, criminal but on the other hand you think he is this great actor who could pull off the emotional display he had.

    I think not.

    That boy left his heart on that stage.

    i have followed the kid over this past year, not just relying on the few negative tidbits that the media chooses to feed the masses, but I really wanted to see how he would act during and after February 2009.

    And let me tell you I was surprised at all the positive things he has done with his time and touring that he has done that has never even been reported in the last year, which could easily alleviate a lot of the negative perception toward him.

    It has been almost a year and a half since what occurred. He had no history of violence toward women prior to or since that day.

    Unlike Charlie Sheen who is a grown MAN with a history of abusing the females in his life and is still maintaining his job and is adored by his fans; this young man has just turned 21 and still has time to try to be a better person.

    Well Mr. Brown you have convinced me you are trying to change. It's up to him to contnue to do better.

    Stay encouraged young man.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Fred

    Anyone who think Chris's performance was a fake is a joke. They do not know music and they do not know Chris. They are just into bashing Chris. They need to grow up and shut up.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  31. PD

    Chris Brown's performance last night couldn't have been a bigger fake! He's even a bad actor. Anybody who believes that performance is a naive fool!

    June 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Val G

    I just don't understand why people can't just move on...Rihanna has boyfriend...she's going on tour...she doesn't even talk about it...let's do the same. It's over. Drop it. Who cares. Chris Brown did an amazing job whether you like him or not...nobody could have done a tribute like that except him. So....lets just keep it moving already.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  33. RRicha

    My apologies. The radio station was club 93.7 (not WDZZ).

    June 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Nayshaboo

    First off Chris Brown has not done anything that anyones next door neighbor hasn't done so wut if he hit the girl she bout as guilty as he is because nobody knows who started it so you can't blame one without the other. second, Chris is a great performer and can dance his butt off so his performance last nite was heartfelt and it takes alot to see a MAN cry so I think it came from the heart. I mean who didnt cry when they found out that MJ died. and to NOFAN you need to get your facts straight because there are other people who have beat on their women and you cant keep holding one thing against one person no one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes he has paid for his and everyone needs to leave him alone!!

    June 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Robert

    Did Prince just apologize for being Prince? I don't think anyone caught that over the shouts of "We love you Prince!" in the audience. The artists in that audience really needed to hear the man speak. There was over 40 years of musical genius on stage, amn who has come to terms with his demons and a voice we have rarely heard and no one would let him talk. He was speaking to Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj and everyone else who thinks it's cool to sell themselves. Prince was trying to say "If you play the MUSIC and not the GAME the people will still love you." Deep, real deep.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Natasha Shinze

    OMG this is a MJ tribute that I will never forget.
    Chris Brown's performance was amazing.
    Here is another MJ tribute that I love. Check it out
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhwoKhnyGb4&w=640&h=390]

    June 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  37. RRich

    The only reason I signed in is to comment on the Chris Brown performance. Chris Brown's Performance last night on the BET Awards was fantastic! ITS ABOUT TIME! Chris has been tried in the courts and in the media and what I see happening to him borders on discrimination and/or slander. A few months back my local radio station (WDZZ, 92.7FM) had a request line going and I called in to request one of Chris Brown's songs (it was either Lucky Me or Fallin'). The station was more interested in what I was doing that evening so that they could air my comments and never played Chris' song (but they did air my comments). I watched the Joy Behar Show in December 2009 and they were discussing the Twitter posts from Chris Brown. I commented as follows to the Joy Behar's show: "RE: Joy Behar's 'Twitter Tantrum'
    What a disappointing discussion with your panel who does not listen to Chris Brown's music nor do they necessarily know for sure that suburban kids do not buy Chris Brown's music; WalMart reported that many of their stores had sold out of Chris' CDs and his performances are selling out at venues around the country. I am not really sure of the purpose of your interview except to trash Chris Brown. Have any of you (including Joy) seen Chris perform? He is equally if not more talented than Lady Gaga. I attended a Chris Brown concert recently and was stunned at the number of individuals who appeared to be from "suburbia". The panel is unfairly characterizing and stereotyping Chris and his music...I had not really watched Joy Behar too much and probably won't in the future."

    What can be done about radio stations who refuse to play his music even if there is a request. How often is that happening?

    Also, what can be done to suspend the constant onslaught of what seems to be slander or discrimination towards Chris Brown?

    No doubt, Chris Brown was convicted for his actions with his ex-girlfriend. The courts have decided. Why must the media continue to condemn and criticize? What can be done to change the perspective with which media outlets choose to report? I am so sick of the negativity around Chris Brown. Its been over one year since the ex-girlfriend situation. Let Chris Brown and his fans move on. Or, offer an onslaught of solutions. Please stop the negativity!

    To Chris Brown: I am a fan. I wish you the best. I hope you have good people advising you. You can get through this (or anything else) with great decision-making, humility and endurance. I hope you are working on new positive habits and fabulous music and entertainment.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Cheryl

    You keep talking about Chris Brown let's see: Why aren't you pushing for Bill Murray not to get jobs, Sean Connery, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen and Robert Downey Jr. Oh that's right there is only one difference. Let me see if you can guess what it is. Please take a hint if you are even that smart.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Tina

    I am very proud of Chris Brown!!! Keep on Striving!

    June 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Interesting

    Yawn....

    June 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  41. really

    If you were watching and didnt feel the raw emotions emitting from him, you have no compassion which is not surprising. On note to all no one and I mean no one makes the ugly face while crying in public unless it was really real. Now please move on to more pressing matters.....

    June 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Cheryl

    The media needs to shut up. Just because Chris broke down crying Michael's song, they are trying to make a big deal out of it. I do not see them pushing to get Charlie Scheen off of his TV show after he hit his wife. Such a double standard. Michael is one of Chris Idols. Leave the guy alone and shut the hell up.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Lydia

    Oh, one other thing. It is so crazy that the only time you MEDIA want to headline us is when there is something negative to say about us! We are so tired of this. There are many wonderful, intelligent, kind hearted, supportive, loving black people in this world. We don't all do criminal minded activities!!!!! It is time for this to stop! Making examples out of us when all races committ the same crimes!! Are you insinuating that no other race has issues with domestic abbuse??
    You can please believe that 9 out of 10 ours will make headlines. Just like you the "MEDIA" is traeting our President just because of the black blood he has in his veins! He is expected to perform better than any President ever!!!!! He is not being given a chance to try and fix this MESS he walked into from all the previous elected Presidents! Why would we expect any difference in any celebrity! Well from now on I will sound off about any negative you have to say about us!!
    We all deserve an opportunity to turn around and correct our mistakes. Especially when you are young!!

    June 28, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Tiffany

    I agree with Mya and everyone else that believes that Chris Brown is human...I was said by numerous comedians namely the legendary Paul Mooney that Rhianna would hit Chris Brown and no one ever says anything about that...I am not making excuses for Chris but, I am not willing to scratch him off because of one mistake. What if God scratched us off when we made a mistake and never forgave us? What would happen to us? See, God is a forgiving God...when we repent HE forgives us. There is no one greater than HE, so Chris Brown should not have to keeep apologizing to Rhianna, the media and whom ever else believes they have never done anything wrong...If God forgave him than that is enough...And another thing...did anyone notice how Jermaine Jackson did not introduce him by name...nor was his name in the opening credits? I believe that was because of the possible idiots that may have boo-ed him...that is a shame...Team Chris Brown all day!

    June 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Toni

    I was also moved by Chris Brown's performance. I often break down whenver I listen to Michael Jackson on my IPod because he was a musical genius and so misunderstood. RIP Mike and thanks Chris for one hell of a performance!

    June 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  46. sista77

    Listen, the media are a bunch of hypocrites. This morning I heard a negative comment from a CNN commentator. I thought CNN had more class, at least I thougnt that yesterday. However, Chris Brown is just another way the media is critical of African-American males. That's why we have our own show's because we don't want anyone to tell us who to forgive, and who to hate. We celebrate the up's and down's and embrace those who have faltered. Stop kicking our men around and kick around your own dirty men. Spitzer, Clinton, Limbaugh all still have lucrative jobs, but they made a mess of their lives as well. Clean up your own backyard, take the mote out of your eye, until then just shut-up. Note: Senator Byrd a known Klu Kux Klan participant is being idolized today, should we forgive his pass?

    June 28, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Mya

      CLAPS. LOL wow soo0o0o a white person cn be a part od the KKK and no news gets reported on that Chris brown hit Rihianna and the world stops for 2 years. lol shows you right there the news is two faced show what they want to show that will bring black people down...but want black support. got black staff workers that allow this to happen. kills me. really does

      June 28, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  47. damebochie

    This isn't new! The media here is good as trashing people. Holding on to mistakes more than achievements. That's how they manage to kill Michael Jackson. Chris Brown did an AMAZING JOB last night. And as a fan of MJ I was thrilled and cried like a little baby over his performance. I bet MJ was watching, smiling, and thinking "at least someone can moonwalk almost like me." Thanks CB!

    June 28, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  48. ProperVillain

    Yes Chris, keep shedding those staged crocodile tears and (unfortunately) enough people may believe that you are just "misunderstood" and give you your career back. To the people comparing that girlfriend beater to MJ's legal troubles, I think you all suffer from a lack of clear thinking. Nothing with MJ was ever proven, with CB, on the other hand, there is testimony from Rihanna, a police report from the scene, as well as photographs. CB is nothing but a spoiled, snot nosed pop star with zero manners, zero class, zero regret and more money than brains. He is only sorry that he was caught and publicly embarrassed. His past statements attest to the fact that the only thing he gives a damn about is his pathetic career and 15 minutes of fame. He will say anything, act any way, and do everything to get that back.
    Vocal talent does not negate a wicked personality. Unfortunately, most of you here do not believe that and feel that since he is "talented" he should get a free pass. I don't think you would feel this way if it was your daughter he beat on.
    But, do what you will. Follow your pretty pop star like the pack of sheep that you all are. Pathetic...

    June 28, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mya

      chris brown has made so much money if he wanted to disappear ahe be covered FOR LIFE. and who are you to judge ProperVilliain are you god because i didnt know he had internet. WEIRD!! you can judge him and his fans as you want but what do you do cont living your life after you click off the page right and her will cont MAKING MONEY off his poor lil sheeps awww sucks for you. TEAM CHRIS BROWN!!

      June 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • properVillain

      Money is not the issue. It's not like I'm pining away wishing I had his millions. I don't. I'm happy with what I have. I love how people invoke the god card to get away from personal responsibility as well, always seems to play well with the masses. You are correct with one thing, he does have enough money to disappear. Wish he would, and do us all a favor. The fact that you sign off with "TEAM CHRIS BROWN" tells me all I need to know. That, in your eyes, he could set fire to an locked orphanage full of kids and you would still be all starry eyed about how awesome Chris is. Yeah, I think you just proved my original point. Thanks...

      June 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mya

      HA! you amaze me with your provoking of the WHAT IF card. what if he did this what if he did that you going away from your weak argument. he hit her i never said he didnt does he deserve to have it hang over his head now. you have your opinion yes but do you have the right to judge him and belittle him because to you he did wrong uh no. you dont. i dont know what you do in your life but in his he sings the MUSIC is what matters your lil comments dont i havnt heard you say one time nothing about rihanna that abuse was caused by both sides and both parties stated that so if you gonna go hard for one side go hard for both. like i signed off before TEAM CHRIS BROWN he has my full support

      June 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      Lets hope you don't have any problems in your life ProperVillain! He is a YOUNG MAN! He can come back from this! I was angry as most when it happens but I can't say this man doesn't deserve a second chance! He loved MJ..all his dances as a young man was inspired by MJ. He grew up wanting to be a star like MJ. You can't say that his emotions were fake because of his incident with Rihanna. I don't know your race but we {black} people LOVE Michael Jackson!!!

      June 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • lb

      And where have you seen this "wicked' personality? Are you in close quarters with him? Do you know him personally? I didn't think so. All you can do is vilify the young man when he is clearing repenting for what went down last year. Get a Life. the only person that should be judging him is God and the last I looked, you aren't him. Just ignorant for no reason.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Cynthia Brown

    Chris did an amazing job. Compared to the haphazard tribute last year this was phenomenal, even without the singing. So if Chris faked the breakdown does this take away from the performance? I would say no. But to be honest, I believe this man's tears were sincere. If not, then his next movie should be really good.
    I think Chris cried for both himself and MJ. I think he totally understood MJ's plight in life and during his performance the shared experience overwhelmed him.

    June 28, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  50. Roberto Torres

    I think a man that did what he did to Rhianna has no feeling's i do believe his tear's was a show to better his image.

    June 28, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Mya

      So i guess lil miss rihanna has no feelings either because SHE DID HIT HIM AS WELL but yet where are you bashing her this show wasnt about chris brown and rihanna it was about honoring MJ. FOUCUS ON THE MUSIC PEOPLE THEY ARE ARTIST not a slab of meat for you to analyze

      June 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Real

    CHRIS BROWN = TRUE TALENT

    I've always been on his side since day 1.. and the media and all of JayZ's puppets can not hold this young man back ANY LONGER ... his TALENT speaks for itself. And NO ONE can or has ever done MJ so must justice, than Chris.

    And let's not all forget how the mainstream media VILIFIED Michal, and then AFTER he passed everyone wanted to be all emotional over MJ – there are some really ridiculously judgmental people out there, but it doesn't even matter any more because the Chris' talent and raw emotions SPOKE FOR THEMSELVES. And don't even get me started on Rihanna's LACK of talent or integrity... please.

    Chris you ALWAYS have my FULL SUPPORT!!!!!!!!

    June 28, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  52. Kraig Rasool

    Ohhhhhhh fudge and cookies......I got so bored with the first 30 minutes of the BET Awards that I I missed the tearful
    performance of Chris Brown....this is why you should put the best first and leave the tired stuff at the end....Now I
    have to set my DVR to record the upcoming replay (if any) so i can also see Patti Labelle.... I dont agree with those
    who say King Latifah's ranting was fierce...please ghetto fabu is more like it....The writers on that show should take
    some classes on how to entertain an adult crowd and not resort to infantile ranting.. sooo maybe I will probably miss it againl........darn.

    June 28, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  53. Mya

    So out of the whole program of black people celebrating black music the best performance of all you have a negative comment about that CNN. then you expect black support in your show i am ashamed of you. SMH. he was crying because he couldnt perform last year during the entire bet MJ tribute why because jayz beyonce and lil miss inncocent riri were gonna no show so bet chose them over chris he finlly get to shine and pay tribute and u accuss his crying to be fake, or because of her. HOW MUCH DOES HE HAVE TO PAY. !!!!!!!!!!!! lil miss innocent never has to walk into a room and people whisper how she hit chris brown BUT SHE DID so why keep hanging the BLACK MAN for it. bet you if it was Steve and becky they cont they life no glitch. I AM TEAM BREEZY ALL DAY. focus on the music people not the past. how wud u feel if some one kept bringing up your dirty deeds all the time 24 7 365

    June 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  54. Dr. Johnson

    LEAVE CHRIS BROWN ALONE; HE WAS DOING TRIBUTES TO MICHAEL B4 MICHAEL DIED. HE LOVES MICHAEL. AMERICA "DON'T CARE ABOUT US" LISTEN TO MICHAEL JACKSON SONG CALLED "THEY DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT US" AMERICA DOES NOT CARE ABOUT POORE WHITE PEOPLE, BLACK PEOPLE, NOR FOREIGHNERS, CHRIS BROWN IS A VICTIM OF THE MEDIA BRUTALITY. HE DID AN EXCELLENT JOB LAST NIGHT, AND I AM NOW A FAN OF HIS. IM A REALLY BIG JANET JACKSON FAN & MICHAEL, BUT CHRIS WON ME OVER LAST NIGHT!!

    June 28, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  55. Lydia

    CNN you are the worst of all! The media will not give this YOUNG man a chance to grow up and realize his mistakes! Should he be punish forever?! Where is our forgiving hearts as one nation under God! God can only judge us! We should be willing to give this man a chance to earn respect again. Also, how dare you say his emotions were not real!! This young man as most african american men grew up idolizing Michael Jackson!!! How can any REAL human being not be touched by walking down memory lane of Michael's life and singing a song about change...knowing you have made mistakes!! How the HEC did this make NEWS headlines anyway???? You all disrepect the Jackson family by insinuating that this was fake emotions! I hate the media sometimes now because of news reports like this!!! Chris Brown learn from your mistakes and turn it into a positive!! All of you "perfect" people sitting there judging and knowing you have skeletons in your closets from some past incident...God will judge you!!! Rihanna forgave him and she was the person it happened to!? Did she deserve it NO!!!! Report some real news!! Leave Chris Brown and Michael Jackson alone!!!! Have some respect that you would want if one of your family members died!! Self Righteous idiots!!!

    June 28, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  56. Stacey Henderson

    Eva Vasquez your job is to report the news, not give your opinion! Chris Brown had an amazing performance at the BET Awards. His display of emotions were obviously for the loss of another great artis. For you to oppose the tears might have been "over shame for his legal issues involving ex-girlfriend", was totally uncalled for. Stick to the facts.

    June 28, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Weezie

      Stacy, I agree with you. One other thing, why is no one holding Rhianna responsible for what happened too? She has to have had some type of blame also, it takes two.

      June 28, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Stacy, if I can play devils advocate here for a minute. The tears could be in part for MJ, but is it so far fetched to think it wasn't a combination of this whole year? He was asked by BET not to perform in last years MJ tribute, in part because rap mogul Jay-Z told BET if Chris was there he wouldn't be there. Due to controversy, his last album tanked. People wouldn't play his music or even sell it. People, myself included, wrote him off. It's clear to me that he loves what he does, and he will be the next GREAT entertainer. Chris Brown is a true artist, who made a HUGE mistake. But in the long run I feel this whole situation is going to lead him to greatness. Watching Chris Brown last night was a huge eye opener for me and a lot of other people that maybe we've been a little too hard on him...

      June 28, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • TCP

      Weezie...you simply can NOT be serious!

      June 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Boricua

    I agree, leave him alone he has had enough punishement from the media, he is just a kid that made a mistake and he is paying for it. He is a great performer and last night his performance was the best ever. He made me cry and made me remember how I miss MJ as a artist. Go Chris ! Alot of us support you. Glad you are back !!!

    June 28, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  58. brownie1

    I didnt think he would be able to sing "Man in the Mirror" Wow!

    June 28, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  59. no fan

    Chris Brown is an adult. IT WAS STAGED
    and for the record he honored a song by a adult male who shared his bed with kids.

    June 28, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Weezie

      to No Fan....what the he– are you writing on this page for then. So are a lot of those closet freaks that you probably DO admire.

      June 28, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • rugbyboy

      No fan... You idiot!! That man poured his heart and soul out. If it was stagged, he would've cried from the begining... And MJ was cleared of those charges!! Duh! Get a life!! You must be a "Klan Fan!!"

      June 28, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      I guess you were there when it happened??? How do you know other than what you hear through the media! Oh, and you must be perfect!!! You never made a big mistake that you needed forgiveness for. You are probably living one of these perfect lives and everyone likes you??? It's not about what he did wasn't terribly wrong, its about allowing a person to learn from the mistakes and grow up! We allow murderers second chances after serving time....hello dont you think some families would feel they deserve no other chance?? Our God is a forgiving God you need to learn this. Michael Jackson accusations are just that ACCUSATIONS!!! NOTHING was ever proven. He is dead, let him rest in peace!!!

      June 28, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • no fan

      you forget he is an entertainer. And you bought it

      June 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      He is a human being first!!!!

      June 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nayshaboo

      get a life !! Would you like to be criticized if you hit a female all the time the past is the past grow up move on

      June 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • twin

      I just have 2 words for you PROVE IT

      June 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Shay

    CNN should show the whole tribute before asking for the public opinion. The breakdown was at the END of the tribute. The media ALWAYS try to hold him back. He did an amazing job last night and I respect him. He showed great respect for the late Michael Jackson. Great job Chris! He even apologized to his fans at the end of the awards but CNN didn't show that either! Please show the whole tribute, it deserves it!

    June 28, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Chi-Girl

      Chris Brown was great until he started crying. I wish he could've held it together b/c the performance was the best tribute that I've seen so far.

      About the tribute to Prince...Patti LaBelle was AMAZING!!! However, the young lady who opened the tribute with Let's Go Crazy was HORRIBLE! She looked like a clown...the ugly ugly ugly hairdo, the outfit, the "dancing. SHE SUCKED! It looked like she was mocking Prince not honoring him. Gotta wonder what he was thinking...

      June 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Marla

    Let me just Say that I really Enjoyed Chris Brown HE WAS the best Performance of the Entire SHOW!! Hands down. I was very proud of him and cannot wait to go and see his new movie "TAKERS"... He has accepted responsiblity and paid his debt back to society and said sorry for what he did 50x's over! WE need to Move on already God Has forgiven him who are we to continue to hold it over his head!! I LOVED IT.... GOOOD JOB CB I LOVE YOU

    June 28, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  62. Che`

    CHRIS BROWN DID HIS THANG LASTNIGHT ON THE B.E.T AWARDS !!! JUST PLEASE STOP CALLIN HIM A WOMEN BEATER ...HE HIT ONE GIRL ..GET OVER HIT , CUZ SHE HAS !!!

    June 28, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Dang! Gurl u right. hey hit me up @ slappyakascott@facebook.com . We can talk more if u like.

      July 2, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  63. Baby

    Chris Brown is a KID, LEAVE HIM ALONE! Why don't you ADULTS in America pick on someone your own size? Charlie Sheen BEAT/SHOT/STRANGLED 4 women! Steven Seagal BEAT wife Kelly LaBrook, John McEnroe BEAT wife Tatum O'Neil, Eminem BEAT wife Kim Mathers etc. Why have you ADULTS in America not punished these ADULT MALES so harshly? STFU while you are trying to come up with a FAKE @SS answer!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Weezie

      Baby, I totally agree with you. They are dragging this thing too long. Why crucify him and let Rhianna walk around like she's so innocent. I'm not a teenager or anything, but I like his music, like to watch him perform, and just overall like him. Leave him alone. He needs to make a living too.

      June 28, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • mark nyc

      he is not a kid. he's an adult who is a batterer, bad actor and a disrespectful, unprofessional piece of crap.

      June 28, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • KP

      Um, "Let Rihanna walk around like she's all innocent?" Weezie, It doesnt matter what she may have done to provoke Chris Brown, a man should never beat up a woman. And He is not a child for God's sake, he is a grown man who knows right from wrong. Sure he made a huge, possibly career ending mistake, but, we cant chastise him forever and people do need to move on. I hope he truly feels remorse for what he's done.

      June 28, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • KJ

      Chris Brown is a grown man that makes millions of dollars. I am not saying he should never be forgiven but he beat and bit a woman brutally and viciously that is not okay. If you have seen a mother , sister or daighter beat my a man or experienced it yourself then you really dont understand the magnitude of what he did to Rihanna . Did you notice she chose not to attend.He can cry crocodile tears all he wants at the end of the day neither he nor his handlers decide when its okay for him to come back. The public will ultimately through the purchase of his records and concert tickets.

      June 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  64. My Comments

    CHRIS BROWN DID AN AMAZING JOB! Mchael Jackson, the Jackson Family & the MJ fans were all smiling on you KID! Hold your head HIGH, they tried to crucify MJ so you know you are in good company! Love your NEW DEVOTED FAN!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      I think those of us that love and grew up loving Micheal shed real tears. It was appearet that the reporter did not beleave him but one show not use there job to influance other. People cry when they hurt, even after they hurt others

      June 28, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • ceci

      Great job, Chris is a young-young man learning who he is. He has to learn life lessons, as we all do. I once took a class, which talk about knowing how to spot a black hole. A black hole is someone who sucks the life out of the air or a person. If you meet or work with one you need to go the other way. They get up in the morning trying to mess up your day or any ones day. We all know a black hole. Ms "B" is one, she even looks one, this has all been about her. The news can also be a black hole, always telling one sided stories. If we were more human, we could learn life lesson an go on, this life would be great. Oh no, lets run this in the ground. LEAVE THE BOY ALONE, AN LET HIM GROW AN BE A MAN. Does he have to hang on a cross to forgive him? He was in a moment, it had nothing to do with Ms "B" how did that come up. The black hole at work!

      June 28, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Doc12

      amen..

      June 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  65. chris

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    June 28, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      They should have put this animal in Smith's Grove Sanitarium and thrown away the key. Chris Brown is a danger to society. Period.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doc12

      Other than Micheal's youngest son Chris Brown is the closes we're going to get to Micheal. I'm not a fan of Chris but he did great last night in his tribute to Micheal Jackson. I know Chris made a mistake last year with his girl friend but it shouldn't be held against him like everyone else in the world Chris did wrong but there's three sides to what happen last year ( her side, Chris side and the truth). Chris has been forgiven by Almighty GOD and Me People need to forgive and not hate or hold mistakes over other people heads. He's not a bad person because he hit his girl friend and shouldn't be treated like he's a criminal. Let Chris do what God created him to do and that is be the next Micheal superstar.Do your thing Chris that you do because only you can do what you do and do it great.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • donna

      i think everyone needs to forgive chris!! god forgives all... he has tried to make ammends.. paid his dues. and time that he moves on with his life... all of the so called "god loving" people need to find forgiveness in their heart for chris. he did wrong.. and he knows it.. let's get past it.. amen...

      June 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |

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