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Rapper denies advising Brown to cry at BET Awards show

By | Published on Wednesday 30 June 2010

American R&B type Lloyd has denied explicitly telling Chris Brown to cry during his comeback performance at last weekend’s BET Awards.

As previously reported, popular wifebeater Brown attempted a comeback at the annual black music awards bash by performing a Michael Jackson tribute, the awards coinciding with first anniversary of Jacko’s death. After an apparently kick ass rendition of ‘Billie Jean’ he attempted to sing ‘Man In The Mirror’, but broke down as he started to sing.

American singer Lloyd was subsequently quoted as saying he had advised Brown he should cry at the awards show in a bid to publicly demonstrate his remorse for beating ex-girlfriend Rihanna unconscious at the start of last year, in a bid to win over those former fans and journalists and music business types who are yet to forgive him for that incident.

But Lloyd took to his website yesterday to say he had been misquoted, and that Brown’s tears at the BET show were genuine, not some pre-rehearsed cynical attempt to win renewed public approval from American R&B fans.

Lloyd wrote: “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. I thought he was holding back and needed to let that emotion out. [But] him crying at the BET Awards was real, I could feel it”.

He added: “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 [Jackson] being gone and him performing ‘Man In The Mirror’, that song is powerful, especially for his situation. It pushed him over the edge”.

So there you go. Given Lloyd was widely misquoted on this and is now seen by some as a cynical tear orchestrator who was making light of Brown’s Rihanna-beating crimes, he might now have to go on stage and cry too, and perhaps write a gentle ballad about being terribly misunderstood, so people love him again as well.