Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em is not scared to shed a few tears and has now explained why he let some drop down his face at last weekend’s BET Awards 2012 show.
According to Soulja Boy, watching the late Whitney Houston tribute worked up his emotions and reminded him of a family he lost last year.
“Yeah man,” Soulja–via phone from LA–began to recollect yesterday. “When I was standing there and they started to do the tribute, I started to think about Whitney Houston. When her mother came onstage, I thought about how a mother was singing about her daughter that was no longer here. A daughter that had died. That’s really tough. Then I started thinking about my younger brother that recently passed. I got his name tatted on my arm. [His passing] feels like it happened yesterday. So those things are hard to watch.” (XXL Mag)
He also reflected on Houston’s legacy in the music industry and no longer having her here.
“Whitney…this is a woman who you see in photographs with Michael Jackson,” he said. “This is a woman who was friends with Michael Jackson, she had so many hits of her own, she worked with other legends, she did a lot. It was touching moment at the BET Awards. Like I said, it was hard for me to watch her mama speak on her. The realization that [Whitney’s] not here. To have her mother come out there and sing like that, it was very appropriate. You have to give legends those huge, touching tributes.” (XXL Mag)
During the BET Awards tribute, Soulja Boy and other high-profile artists were caught shedding tears.
Cissy Houston and Mariah Carey were at the forefront of an emotional tribute to Whitney Houston at last night’s BET Awards. The latter kicked off the 19-minute event, recalling stories about Whitney – who tragically overdosed and died in February – and told the audience: “I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter.” Monica and Brandy also took to the stage, singing multiple Whitney hits, while former Waiting to Exhale co-stars Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine honored their late friend. But it was Cissy who brought tears to the eyes of all in attendance. She sang a version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and A-listers such as Beyonce and Soulja Boy were caught on camera crying. (The Hollywood Gossip)
Rap star Kanye West was also reportedly spotted getting emotional during the tribute.
The emotional high point was Whitney’s mother Cissy’s rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” It was a very reaction-heavy segment, led by about 10 seconds of Soulja Boy crying. I always knew there was a sensitive soul cranking deep inside of him. We then checked in with a pensive, inside-crying Kanye and, best of all, Beyoncé, whose single tear trickle down as the camera was on her face may count as the greatest choreography of a highly choreographed career. It must feel like crazy pressure to have to emote when an awards-show camera turns your way, and these three in their own distinct ways, delivered. Bravo on the emotional displays, all. (Gawker)
Check out Soulja Boy Tell Em crying below: