Last night, the 2010 B.E.T. Awards planned a special tribute to pop icon Michael Jackson, who passed away exactly a year and a day before the show aired. And to perform this tribute, they got legendary assh*le icon Chris Brown to step into Michael’s sequined shoes. The result is, as the German’s would say, a sh*tshow.
Brown wept, sobbed, gnashed, collapsed, fist-waved, and collapsed his way through “Man in the Mirror,” so much so that he was only able to spit out about 4 percent of the lyrics. The result was two-fold: On the one hand, the performance sounded like a drunk girl at a karaoke bar too wasted to figure out what the lyrics are, but without all that fun “People in Z. Cavaricci’s Falling in Love” footage we’ve all grown so accustomed to.
And on the other hand, it was a supremely accurate rendition of my own self watching Beaches on the WE Channel Saturday night. Though we’re still not sure who’s predicament is sadder. (Mine.)
But the controversy surrounding Brown’s histrionics is one delightfully internet ready, with folks on Twitter decrying Brown’s phoniness vs. people who love lady-beaters.
Take a look at some of the “highlights” from his performance and weigh in: Was Chris Brown really so overcome with emotion for a man he never met that he couldn’t even spit out 5 words in a row? Or is this just another exploitative moment from a desperate artist looking to sell 3 more CDs at Wal-Mart, or wherever it hasn’t been banned? Footage: