Jermaine Jackson has praised Chris Brown for leaving it all on the stage at Sunday night's BET Awards during his tribute to JJ's late brother, Michael. Fans and critics have speculated about whether the tearful breakdown during "Man in the Mirror" was a genuine show of emotion or a calculated attempt to win back fans who've abandoned him since his assault on Rihanna last year.
But Brown himself has not spoken publicly about what caused him to choke up onstage, so it's unknown why he was unable to complete the song after his thrilling dance tribute to the late King of Pop. One hint, though, emerged on Monday, when R&B singer Lloyd seemed to say that he had advised Brown to shed tears during the performance.
"He's back with a vengeance," Lloyd told Rap-Up.com after the show, where he was nominated in the Viewer's Choice category for his hook on Young Money's "Bed Rock." "I think that 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."
After some backlash, Lloyd took to his blog on Tuesday to clarify his remarks. "I consider Chris a friend. He's been through a lot in the past couple years," Lloyd wrote. "I never told him to go onstage 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."
He also speculated about the possible source of those tears, saying Brown may have cried "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."
Lloyd also lashed out at the "many blogs and fans" who saw his original statement as a negative comment on Brown. "To say that he was faking or that I'm hating on him, that's some bullsh--," he said. "Last week Essence.com asked me what artist most embodied MJ. I told them it was Chris. I never saw MJ perform live, but [Chris Brown] is the closest thing I've witnessed. Chris is back, and I'm just as excited as his fans are."
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