June 30th, 2010
09:31 AM ET
Chris Brown’s weepy tribute to Michael Jackson at Sunday’s BET Awards may have left viewers split about the sincerity of his performance, but the 21-year-old singer has won back at least one fan: Michael’s big brother Jermaine Jackson.
“It was just a spectacular moment,” the 55-year-old former Jackson 5 member told “Extra” of Brown’s rendition of “Man in the Mirror,” in which the troubled R&B star – who received a felonious charge for beating his ex-girlfriend Rihanna a year ago - became so choked up that he could barely get through the song.
"To see [Chris's] performance, it was very emotional for me, because it was an acceptance from his fans from what has happened to him and also paying tribute to my brother,” said Jackson, adding, "He deserves to perform, because it's healing for him. How can he learn from his mistakes if you don't give him a chance? He needs that."
“I love Rihanna, and I'm not supporting what he did, but I support him [as a singer] 100 percent.... Chris Brown is a human being, and we all make mistakes. We can't condemn him for what has happened. We hope he has learned from it."
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