Chris Brown BET Awards Tribute to Michael Jackson: Tears Flow For the Man in the Mirror

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Last night's BET Awards featured lots of big names - Kanye West, Usher, T.I. - but perhaps the most talked-about performance came from Chris Brown.

The embattled singer, who has kept a relatively low profile of late, provided an emotional tribute to the late Michael Jackson, breaking down in tears.

Chris was introduced by Michael's brother, Jermaine Jackson.

After a lengthy performance featuring the sickest Michael-inspired dance moves you'll ever see, Brown took the mic to sing "Man in the Mirror" and lost it.

Nearly six minutes into the elaborate MJ homage, his voice cracked, he couldn't sing, and at one point he crumpled to the stage in apparent agony.

MAN IN THE MIRROR: For Chris Brown, that Michael Jackson hit took on an entirely different meaning as he paid tribute to his idol on stage at the 2010 BET Awards.

Coupled with the one-year anniversary of Michael's death, the moving moment was made even more so by the song's lyrics and Chris' recent past.

The 21-year-old returned to the stage later to apologize to his fans: "I let you all down before, but I won't do it again. I promise you," Brown said.

Say what you will about the guy and what he's been through, the performance was actually pretty cool and showed how MJ's music influenced him.

Was that really what it was about, though? Or was it about exploiting Michael's memory for some much-needed positive PR, as some fans have said?

Here's Chris Brown channeling Michael Jackson ...

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i think chris brown has apologised for his action and he should be forgiven because everyone makes mistake. no matter wat d world says about u chris u will always be my guy


Jonny Q- Beating someone up is not always a evil/vicious act. That's why people can get off on murder charges...There is a difference if it is a crime of passion or a premeditated/intentional act. You can't stop the human condition/bad behavior. Everyone is guilty of that. If you want to make a difference, volunteer at a local abuse shelter. Teach your sons not to abuse women. Teach your daughters to recognize the signs of abuse, and to avoid them. Chris Brown has served his debt to society, and thus far has proven to regret his actions. He has done things to better himself just let it go. Guess what? If you don't support him, that's fine. Don't buy any of his music. I doubt it'll hurt his feelings much...


momof1- That's a pretty messed up thing to say! You can argue no one really knew him, so why all the devotion/dedication, tears/heartbreak, etc...but he was and is one of the very best entertainers there ever was or will be. The man has sold millions upon millions of records SINCE HIS DEATH...not to mention all the millions sold before. So, clearly, people feel a connection to him, even if it's just through his music. Music can be very emotional to people. There could be a song of his that touches someone's heart to this why wouldn't they still feel bereft? Have you never lost a loved one? Are you that callous to tell someone else to just suck it up? All I can say is, grow up. If you don't like it...don't watch it/read about it/ or discuss it.


What Christ BROWN, did to Rihanna,isn't normal. After professional counseling, hopefully Christ now realize his actions wasn't normal..He did put on a great show on the BET award with his Michael Jackson tribute.


I think CB was crying simply because he was relieved to get a chance to perform again. In my opinion his performance was o.k., he really stole the show when he started crying. I personally think Usher would have done a better job though.


I Chris Brown before the Whole Rihanna incident and I love him now, That's not to say that I condone what he did because I absolutely don't but I do believe he made a mistake and is genuinely remorseful about it, He deserves a second chance. He did an awesome job paying tribute to Michael and I believe that his emotions were genuine. You would be emotional too, After being excluded from numerous events and black balled on radio..... and if you consider the lyrics of the song in conjunction with the going's on in life in the last year. I can definitely understand his emotion. I Love You Chris Brown!!!


i think his emotions got the best of him. i do think it was personal. he was probably so grateful to have the chance to be back on that stage, doing a tribute to the greatest artist ever. he probably felt relief. that was his moment i believe where he might have been forgiven and he felt it.


Wow people say some amazing things.....take a second and look at yourself in the mirror are you any different from chris brown ......youve made mistakes just like him you have your flaws chris brown sincerely is sorry for what he did there is no excuse for hitting a woman but at the end of the day thats his past..I tbewilders me that everyone has a conspiracy theory he did as a Publicity stunt STO HATING ON THE MAN MOVE ON WITH YO LIFE YOU JUST WITNESSED THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIS BROWNS CAREER


Chris Brown will always be a ISh to me no matter what mistakes he he said that was his past mistake..which is normal.Everyone makes mistakes it passes left behind..its the past..and now he is back..and for him to sing in tribute to MJ was awesome..His idol to!!Chris brown your amazing!


From the moment that Chris sings the line "" I'm gonna make a change for once in my ... " Brown's voice failed and just hear her crying, you see his face completely drenched in tears and feel totally ... its great sorrow. We affirm that these are people who have hearts, and who has heart is certainly sensitive to this. Who has not felt this tremendous suffering, not one person, one is insensitive, and can never feel the talent and suffering of this young star ...

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