Chris Brown finally allowed back into an awards show to be able to perform did his best to cry for Michael Jackson (himself) on Sunday night at the 2010 BET Awards. After being shut out from the 2009 BET Awards the singer and girlfriend beater performed his tribute to Michael Jackson with Man in the Mirror in which he broke into tears and couldn't finish the song.
As posted on MTV.com,
Brown faded in and out of the song, closing his eyes, grimacing, trying to soldier on. Whether it was the emotion of the moment or the past 16 months, Brown struggled and failed to find his voice, even though the pre-recorded backing vocals played on.
Finally, he gave up, raised a bandaged finger to the sky and fell to his knees as Michael Jackson's voice could be heard saying, "I'm starting with the man in the mirror." The camera cut from Brown to an audience member who clearly uttered "Oh my God," in shock.
The audience loudly sang the words that Brown could not. Their aid seemed to move Brown to rise from his knees and mouth the words along with Jackson's voice, while gesturing along with the mic as tears rolled down his face. In the audience, actress Taraji P. Henson could be seen mouthing, "That's all right baby," as Brown walked offstage to Jermaine Jackson, who moved to console him.
After his last album tanked one can only assume that Brown is trying to get his career back, and to do so had to put on this act. Fortunately we didn't buy it. How can you feel bad for a guy who beat the shit out of his girlfriend?