Chris Brown had a chance to perform at Sunday’s BET Awards, but producers supposedly backed out at the last minute after Jay-Z and Al Sharpton pulled some strings. NY Daily News reports:
One source says Brown’s absence came at the insistence of the Rev. Al Sharpton. “Al made such a fuss to the BET executives that they pulled Chris,” says our insider, who adds that Jay-Z also had a hand in the decision. “Jay is a big name in the BET community, and he was very vocal about his displeasure with Chris attending the ceremony. He didn’t want Chris anywhere near the awards so close to the court’s ruling.”
Brown isn’t taking the public dis on the chin, either. “He’s furious,” a pal of the singer tells us. “BET asked him to perform and waited until the last minute to tell him it was off. He’s pretty shocked and outraged right now.”
Producers were also concerned it would’ve been “bad taste” to have Chris Brown perform since the show was quickly revamped to honor the life of Michael Jackson. Personally, I don’t think Michael would’ve minded. Except, wait, Chris Brown’s over 18 now, isn’t he? Never mind.