Last night saw the 2010 BET Awards, which was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The ceremony, hosted by Queen Latifah and celebrating its 10th anniversary, was a star studded event, packed with lots of great A-list performances from the likes of Eminem, Alicia Keys, Usher, Drake, T.I., P Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Trey Songz and more…
One of the most anticipated moments of the night was the ‘return of Kanye West’. The rapper has been keeping a very low profile since last years VMA’s, where he infamously gate-crashed Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech. Since then he’s pretty much been public enemy number one in the media’s eyes, cancelled his tour with Lady Gaga and hasn’t performed live on stage on a mass level. So this moment was his grand return to the stage and to the public eye as well. As always West rose to the occasion, he gave a great rendition of new single “Power” like the true showman that he is, with a stage set so dramatic; it could give his ego a run for its money. His performance set the tone for the rest of the night. Yep, it’s fair to say Kanye West is officially back.
Surprisingly Kanye’s big return wasn’t the most talked about moment of the night. That came from Chris Brown, whose emotional Michael Jackson tribute stole the show and was arguably the highlight of the night.
Following his very public assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna, the last 16 months have been a tough one for the 21-year-old singer. Brown has been at the receiving end of a lot of criticism from the media and public alike. Many radio stations refused to play his music, he’s been dropped by major endorsement deals and was just recently denied entry into the UK. And last night when he performed a MJ medley, the recent strains were evident for all to see.
He sang and danced his way through ‘Remember The Time’, ‘Smooth Criminal’ and ‘Billie Jean,’ but when he began to sing ‘Man In The Mirror’ during the close of the tribute, his emotions got the better of him. He could hardly utter his words and chocked back tears throughout the whole song, prompting the audience to sing even louder, showing their support. It was a very powerful moment, as Brown counts MJ as his ultimate idol and the reason he got into music in the first place. Just last year he was dropped from the BET MJ tribute line-up and asked not to attend the show, so being asked to do MJ’s one year anniversary tribute alone, was a huge moment for the young star.
This may highlight the turning point for Brown’s image in the public’s eyes. Following his emotional tribute, Vibe.com did a poll, asking its readers… Did Chris Brown’s 2010 BET Awards performance win you over? 74% answered YES. It’s time to forgive him, 17% NO. Cry me a river. 7% Forgive but can’t forget and 2% are still not sure.
During the show Brown won the AOL Fandemondium – an award voted for online by the fans – beating out the likes of Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.
Best R&B Male winner Trey Songz showed his support for Brown, saying:
Chris killed that. He left his heart on the stage. I was proud of him and I was happy for him for having that moment. He did that justice. Everybody’s been waiting for that.
BET Awards 2010 winners:
Best Female R&B Artist: Alicia Keys
Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake
Best Collaboration: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
Best Male R&B Artist: Trey Songz
Video of the Year: Beyoncé f/ Lady Gaga – Video Phone
Fandemonium Award: Chris Brown