Perusing through news stories recapping the weekend's highlights, I came across this headline from the Los Angeles Times this morning:
BET Awards 2011 crown Chris Brown the comeback kid
As someone who doesn't follow Brown's career, he will forever be in my mind the convicted felon who viciously assaulted fellow R&B singer Rihanna. In case you forgot, after a night of rage in 2009, Brown left her looking like this:
Amazingly, Brown skirted any prison time by pleading guilty to felony assault charges and accepting 5 years of probation and 6 months of community service. Still under probation for the beating, however, Brown accepted several awards at this weekend's BET Awards -- an annual celebration on Black Entertainment Television:
Last year at the BET Awards, Chris Brown stomped and bawled his way through an emotional tribute to his idol, the late Michael Jackson. The performance earmarked a yearlong public plea for redemption that had plenty of highs and lows. On Sunday night, it was pretty clear that at least one audience had embraced the singer.
The 22-year-old was the uncontested man of the evening, collecting five trophies, including male R&B artist, video of the year and collaboration for “Look at Me Now” during the telecast, which aired live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
"All my fans are everything to me," Brown said while accepting the award for male R&B artist. "I know it's been a long road. I just appreciate every blessing that's been put in front of me." ...
The BET stage, as Brown demonstrated, is the place to begin a much-needed comeback narrative.
While I'm personally not a fan of Brown's music, the guy obviously has a talent that many people see as exceptional. But is it me or does it not seem wrong that a convicted woman-beater be put on such a pedestal? What do you think?