Brown’s Jacko Tribute Steals Show At BET Awards

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June 28, 2010 | 12:24am EST

Chris Brown stole the limelight at the 2010 BET Awards on Sunday night when he performed a showstopping dance tribute to the late Michael Jackson.

The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was introduced to the stage by Jermaine Jackson to mark the first anniversary of the King of Pop’s death.

The young singer showed off his fancy footwork to The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal and Billie Jean, but struggled to complete his tribute segment as tears streamed down his face while trying to sing Jackson classic Man in the Mirror.

His surprise addition to the show’s line-up came a year after Brown was forced to bow out of plans to take part in the Michael Jackson memorial concert following his highly-publicised bust-up with ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

It was also a big night for Kanye West, who kicked off the 10th annual ceremony with a defiant performance of his new song Power, making his first major televised appearance since storming the stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

A pregnant Alicia Keys led the way at the ceremony taking double honours for Best Female R&B Artist and Best Collaboration for her work on Jay-Z’s New York anthem, Empire State of Mind, while Lil Wayne’s proteges Drake and Nicki Minaj ruled the main rap categories, taking the Best Male and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist titles, respectively.

John Legend was honoured with a special prize for his philanthropy, while Keys, Janelle Monae, Patti LaBelle and Esmeralda Spalding all took part in a musical tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winner Prince.
The main list of BET Award winners is as follows:

Best Female R&B Artist – Alicia Keys
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist – Nicki Minaj
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist – Drake
Best Collaboration – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, Empire State of Mind
Best Male R&B Artist – Trey Songz
Video of the Year – Beyonce and Lady GaGa, Video Phone
Humanitarian Award – John Legend
Lifetime Achievement Award – Prince
Sportsman of the Year – LeBron James
Sportswoman of the Year – Serena Williams
AOL Pandemonium Prize – Chris Brown. (MT/WNV/KD)