Brown big winner at BET Awards
Published 27/06/2011 | 11:20
Chris Brown was the big winner, as the BET Awards became all about the music.
There were more performances than awards during the three-and-a-hour show at the Shrine Auditorium, where singer Chris Brown and rappers Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and DJ Khaled did double-duty, each taking the stage twice to perform.
Brown, 21, made a few extra trips to the stage to collect his four awards, adding momentum to a comeback that began with his Michael Jackson tribute at the BET Awards last year and continued with his album F.A.M.E.
Brown has been working to repair his image since he pleaded guilty to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. He hit a stumbling block this year when he reportedly tore up his dressing room after an appearance on Good Morning America.
He was named best male R&B artist and won best collaboration for his song Look At Me Now with Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. The three performed together as part of a medley of Brown's songs.
"Public-speaking is not my strong suit," he said, thanking BET and his fans before passing the microphone to Wayne, who expressed gratitude to God, his fans and Brown for including him on the track.
Earlier in the ceremony, Brown also thanked his fans and the network, saying: "I appreciate all the support. I know it's been a long road, so I appreciate every blessing in front of me."
Brown was back on stage to join Big Sean on his song, My Last, and again to close the show, which he did on a bicycle alongside host Kevin Hart, who was on a Segway scooter.
That's when Hart announced that Brown also won the Fandemonium award and the Viewers' Choice prize.
Other performers included Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys and Cee Lo Green.