Chris Brown’s MJ tribute at last weekends BET Awards was the most talked about part of the whole night. Many saw it as major stepping stone for Breezy and the point where the general public will finally begin to forgive him – paving the way for the 21-year-old to make a real ‘comeback’. However, some were sceptical and questioned the singer’s sincerity. R&B singer Lloyd has not helped the situation and has caused a little bit of a stir…
Yesterday a video was released by Rap-Up, in which LLoyd was asked how he felt about Brown’s emotional performance:
“He’s back with a vengeance! He has a point to prove. All the people who wrote him out, they’re gonna find a place in their heart for him again. I told him man, you gotta get up there. You gotta cry, you gotta really show your heart to the world and they’ll understand. Time heals all wounds.”
Lloyd’s comments have now caused further debate as to whether Browns emotional breakdown was staged. Lloyd quickly responded to the backlash and took to his blog – where he explained his comments were taken out of context and clarified what he meant by “I told him to cry”.
“I consider Chris a friend. He’s been through a lot in the past couple years. I never told him to go on stage and cry. We spoke recently, and I told him as a friend that people hadn’t really seen him be vulnerable about his situation last year [with Rihanna]. I thought he was holding back and needed to let that emotion out. Him crying at the BET Awards was real, I could feel it. I think he cried about a number of things. About the fact that he thought people would hate him forever because of one mistake. Feeling that love on stage was probably overwhelming. Plus MJ being gone and him performing ‘Man in the Mirror’, that song is powerful, especially for his situation. It pushed him over the edge.”
Responding to the many blogs and fans that took Lloyd’s comments as a negative statement against Chris Brown, Lloyd offered this response: “To say that he was faking or that I’m hating on him, that’s some bull sh*t. Last week Essence.com asked me what artist most embodied MJ. I told them it was Chris. I never saw MJ perform live, but he [Chris Brown] is the closest thing I’ve witnessed. Chris is back, and I’m just as excited as his fans are. It’s just frustrating that people want to make everything negative.”