News: BET Responds To Chris Brown Awards Show Performance Rumors

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 6:17PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

After speculation of Jay-Z and Covergirl forcing BET to cancel Chris Brown's alleged performance at Sunday (June 28) night's BET Awards 2009, the network has addressed the recent reports.

Sources close to Brown and a spokesperson for BET said the singer was never billed to perform at the Michael Jackson-based tribute ceremony.

Reports said Reverend Al Sharpton, who has been a spokesperson for the Jackson family in recent days, had a hand in quashing Brown's appearance (Sharpton told MTV News on Tuesday (June 30) that the rumors have no validity). Although Brown himself has not commented on the reports, a source close to his camp told MTV News that Brown was never confirmed to be a part of the show and the rumors regarding Brown and BET were untrue; a spokesperson for BET corroborated that information, adding that "the rumors are false." (MTV)

A rep close to Brown also said the singer had no intention of performing.

A rep for Brown said, "That's not true -- he was never confirmed to perform." Brown was close to Jackson and performed "Thriller" at the World Music Awards in 2006. (New York Post)

Former BET personality Toure sparked speculation of Covergirl having his alleged set called off.

"Real talk: Chris Brown was going to perform but Covergirl and Rihanna nixed that," he wrote via Twitter. "@BarkBiteBlog Covergirl is a BET sponsor. Rihanna is a Covergirl spokesmodel. Thus, they have some say." (Toure's Twitter)

Juelz Santana said Jay also played a role in getting Brown nixed.

"i take nothin away from Jay-Z," he wrote via Twitter. "i dont wanna sound like a Hater but his swagger was on Zero yesterday. & i just heard thru the grape vine that Jay-Z said he would not Perform if Chris Brown was gonna perform.. SMH Sucker Move I woulda rather seen Chris Brown come out & do his tribute to [Michael Jackson]. It woulda been the 1st time he Performed since ? I know he woulda Killed it. ok Tweople. Yall do the Math. MJ just died the show as a Tribute to MJ. so not only does he say he down want chris to perform & do what would of been probably the best MJ tribute, but he coulda atleast did H-to tha IZOO cuz it has the MJ beat and Put MJ's name in it." (Juelz Santana's Twitter)

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