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rhythm of the night

R & B star Chris Brown stole the limelight at the 2010 BET Awards on Sunday night when he performed a show stopping dance tribute to the recently deceased Michael Jackson.

The "Kiss Kiss" hitmaker was introduced to the podium by Jermaine Jackson on the first anniversary of the King of Pop's death mark.

The young singer showed off his fancy footwork in "The Way You Make Me Feel ',' Smooth Criminal 'and' Billie Jean ', but struggled to complete his tribute segment tears streaming down his face while trying to Jackson classic sing Female in the mirror. "

His surprise addition to the show line-up came one year after Brown was forced to bow out of plans to participate in the Michael Jackson memorial concert after his sensational bust-up with ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

It was also a big night for Kanye West, who kicked off the 10th annual ceremony with a provocative performance of his new song "Power", making his first major television appearance since the storming of the stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards .

A pregnant Alicia Keys led the way during ceremony where double award for Best Female R & B Artist and Best Collaboration for her work on Jay-Z's New York anthem, "Empire state of Mind", while Lil Wayne's protege Drake and Nicki Minaj prevailed on the main rap categories, where the best male and best female hip-hop artist titles, respectively.


Both artists made sure that their imprisoned boss, real name Dwayne Carter, remember when they accepted their prizes, with Minaj dedicates her award to the prison-like star Wayne Drake called "my hero and my mentor."

John Legend was honored with a special award for his philanthropy, while Keys, Janelle Monae, Patti LaBelle and Esmeralda Spalding all took part in a musical tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winner Prince.

The audience in Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium welcomed the soul icon to the stage with a standing ovation and Prince thanked his fans for their support long-term when he called the promising new talent in the music industry.

He said: "I believe the future is in good hands. I have so much talent here tonight .. and I'm just so glad to be a part of this world of music.

"I was pretty wildly in my younger days and you do not have to do what I did, you do not hoeft to any of the mistakes I've made. The future is now in your hands, the world is truly yours."

It was a night of collaborations with PDO working with Keyshia Cole and Eminem for "Aircraft," and Diddy, Dirty Money is assisted by Rick Ross, TI and Nicki Minaj on the "Hello, Good Morning" remix, while on the podium again for the show got Minaj Ludacris' finals with rocker Tommy Lee on drums before his single "My Bad Chick. "

Ludacris closed the show as part of DJ Khaled's all-star lineup for 'All I Do is to win, "the will of T-Pain, Busta Rhymes and Sean" Diddy "Combs to help the night to end .

Other highlights of the 10th annual BET Awards performances by Usher, El DeBarge and Alicia Keys, who sang a medley of her hits including 'No One', 'Try Sleeping recorded with a broken heart' and 'Unthinkable (I'm Ready). "

Late star Lena Horne, Teddy Pendergrass, and former actor Gary Coleman were also remembered at the annual awards show, which was hosted by Queen Latifah.

Presenters included Jada Pinkett Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Nia Long, Ciara and Mike Epps.

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