R&B Singer Lloyd On Chris Brown Performance

R&B singer Lloyd is speaking up about comments he made after Chris Brown’s tribute to Michael Jackson at the 2010 BET Awards. Brown’s tribute was widely regarded as his “comeback” performance since he beat down Rihanna in 2008. In an interview, Lloyd said he told Chris Brown to cry and show his “heart to the world” if he wanted fans to accept him again. And Brown broke down in tears during a rendition of “Man in the Mirror.”According to Lloyd, Chris Brown’s performance was authentic. Check out his statement clarifying his own comments:I consider Chris a friend. He’s been through a lot in the past couple years. I never told him to go on stage 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.I think he cried about a number of things. 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.To say that he was faking or that I’m hating on him, that’s some bull shit. Last week Essence.com asked me what artist most embodied MJ. I told them it was Chris. I never saw MJ perform live, but he [Chris Brown] is the closest thing I’ve witnessed. Chris is back, and I’m just as excited as his fans are. It’s just frustrating that people want to make everything negative.

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