Chris Brown did not participate in the Sunday's BET Awards'Michael Jackson tribute, but the 20-year-old pop star still gets a chance tohonor his late icon this week with old footage.MyNetworkTV. The channel will play an encore presentation ofthe 2006 World Music Awards that named Michael the recipient of the DiamondAward which is given to artists who have sold more than 100 million albums.
The program also recognized the 25thanniversary of the release of "Thriller."
In performing "Thriller," Chrisdressed up like Michael, wearing a red leather jacketwith black stripes and red pants. Chris mimicked Michael's choreographyand was backed by dancers in zombie costumes.
The re-broadcast is ironic forChris who was rumored to have been shut out of Sunday's BET Awards thatfeatured several artist tributes to Michael. Because of Chris' singing anddancing styles he has been the contemporary artist most compared to Michael.
The New York Post and Daily Newsreported that Jay-Z and Rev. Al Sharpton insisted that BET not include Chris inany Michael tributes. However, reps for Chris denied these reports, and toldVH1 that Chris had not been confirmed for the annual event.
Chris reached a plea deal on June22 admitting to one count of felony assault against his former girlfriend,fellow pop star Rihanna. Chris has not made any award show appearances since theFebruary 8 altercation.
Chris is featured on anotherMichael tribute. Chris, The Game, Diddy, Boyz II Men and others joined torecord the song "Better On The Other Side."
- Chris Brown