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Sunday night, R&B star Chris Brown, who has been keeping a low profile since last year, broke down while performing a surprise tribute to Michael Jackson at the BET Awards. The audience was very much on Brown’s side, helping him sing the lyrics to “Man in the Mirror” when he was overcome with emotion.
“I think people felt, in terms of the dance tribute he did, I think people enjoyed that and were reminded that in spite of his past behavior and actions that he’s a talented person,” a reporter says.
“It was one of the best performances of the night,” she says. “Everybody stopped what they were doing and watched, and you kept hearing over and over again [from his fellow performers] ‘Chris Brown is back’ and ‘Let’s give him a chance.’ “
His career has yet to reach its former heights. In December, he released his latest album, “Graffiti” and to date, it has sold fewer than 500,000 copies, poor even in a time of diminished album sales. None of its singles have hit the Billboard Top 10.
Brown, who turned 21 at the beginning of May, often hasn’t helped his case. He’s been a frequent social network user, often using services to either apologize or vent — that is, when he wasn’t leaving them entirely.
He apologized again at the BET Awards, telling the crowd, “I let you down before but I won’t do it again, I promise.”
“He’s just a kid, and that’s what people have to remember,” she says. “You really don’t want to do anything, if you’re in his position, that reminds people of what happened. … Only time will tell. Hopefully he can mature a little bit. There needs to be somebody in his camp guiding him to be a little more careful.”
Perhaps Gucci, a commenter put it best. “I think he’s been forgiven a while ago. He just hasn’t forgiven himself,” and “that’s why he won’t act like he has damn sense,” the commenter wrote. “Stop with the [Twitter] rants, the pointless interviews, and the [whining] and just dance!”
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