Chris Brown channeled Michael Jackson, then sobbed and apologized for roughing up his girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009, promising his fans that “I let you down once, I won’t do it again.” Yes, something interesting always happens at the Black Entertainment Television Awards.
At Sunday’s gala, held at the Shrine Auditorium, the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Prince, who was serenaded with his own songs as sung by Patti LaBelle, Esperanza Spalding and Janelle Monae. He thanked “almighty Jehovah” for his honor.
Afterward, the crowd converged on Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills for the Interscope Records annual after party. Sean Combs stood texting in one corner of the tented outdoor space, while Fergie and friends clogged up the narrow hallway that led back into the restaurant. She was still bummed that Prince himself didn’t sing. Her hubby, Josh Duhamel, wasn’t in the house, but his “Transformers” buddy Tyrese Gibson was, along with Ludacris, Gabourey Sidibe, Lance Gross, Ashanti, Keri Hilson and Keenen Ivory Wayans, who all made it past the fire marshals before they clamped down, leaving hundreds of partygoers stranded on Camden Drive.