2010 BET Awards belong to Prince and Chris Brown

2010-06-28 09:15

The BET Awards on Sunday were hosted by a Queen and honoured a

Prince, but it was a fallen star, Chris Brown, who surprised fans with a tearful

tribute to the late King of Pop.

Alicia Keys, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj and current albums chart champ

Drake were among the big winners at cable television network BET’s annual salute

to R&B and hip-hop stars, while Diddy, Kanye West, Eminem and El DeBarge

wowed the audience with their performances.

Veteran funk rocker Prince was given a lifetime achievement award

at the show, which was hosted by comedian, actress and rapper Queen


Prince watched as Stevie Wonder paid tribute to him in a video. On

stage, Janelle Monae gave an energetic rendition of his Let’s Go Crazy, while

disco diva Patti Labelle pumped out a rousing Purple Rain.

Wearing white trousers and a turtleneck, Prince took the stage,

thanked the crowd and said: “I do believe the future is in good hands. I’ve seen

so much talent here tonight.

“I was pretty wild in my younger days and you don’t have to do what

I do,” he said, with a smile. “You don’t have to make any of the mistakes that I

made. The future is in your hands.”

The night’s top honour, BET’s viewers choice award, went to Rihanna

and Young Jeezy for their song Hard.

Keys, who also performed a Prince song, took home two trophies –

R&B female singer and best collaboration for the smash hit Empire State of

Mind with Jay-Z.

Trey Songz, whose hits include Can’t Help but Wait, was named best

R&B male singer. “I want to let you all know that anybody can be anything.

All it takes is dedication and a lot of hard work,” Songz said.

Canadian rapper Drake was named best male hip-hop artist and Minaj

took home the trophy for best female hip-hop singer.

Beyoncé and Lady Gaga earned video of the year honours for their

collaboration Video Phone, but were not on hand to accept their trophy.

Chris Brown reflects

Brown’s medley of Michael Jackson songs stood out from the pack, as

much for the emotion as for his energetic dancing to tunes such as Billie


Brown, who in 2009 was arrested and pleaded guilty to assaulting

his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, fought back tears as he struggled to sing Jackson’s

gospel-inspired song about self-redemption Man in the Mirror.

After it was over, he left the stage at the Shrine Auditorium and

hugged Jackson’s brother Jermaine, who had introduced him.

Later in the show, Brown was given an “AOL Fan-demonium” trophy and

he told the audience: “I let y’all down before, but I won’t do it again. I


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