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Chris Brown Resilient During Los Angeles Tour Stop

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Chris Brown has appeared defensive, unapologetic, andawkward in recent television interviews with Larry King, MTV, and WendyWilliams.

But the embattled pop star looked completely comfortable onstage Wednesday night when he played to a sold-out crowd at Hollywood's Avalon theatre during a stop onhis Fan Appreciation Tour.

The 19-city run donates a portion of the proceeds tonon-profit organizations, Best Buddies International and The Jenesse Center.

Chris sounded great live, a testament considering his nonstop dancing. Typically, performers with excessive intense dance routines relyon lip syncing to get through the set. But the 20-year-old artist only lipsynced the night's opening track.

Chris kicked off his 60-minute set with the "I Can TransformYa," the lead single from his third album, "Graffiti," out December 8.

Dressed in black spacesuits, Chris and his male backgrounddancers emerged, wearing their game faces and delivering a high powered performanceof the electronic hip-hop track. The precision of their choreography wasperfect, setting the tone for the rest of the show.

Chris did not address his February 8 assault on Rihanna, buthe thanked the audience for their support and said that he would be nothingwithout them.

His performance of his ballad "Take You Down" earned theloudest crowd reaction. The show featured all of his hits, including his 2005debut "Run It," "Forever," and "Say Goodbye."

He even previewed an a capella version of a new song"Singing Like Chris" with lyrics that boasts his ability to "have the girlssinging like me."

Michael Jackson was honored in a tribute in which Chriscovered the late King Of Pop's classics "Billie Jean" and "I Wanna Rock WithYou." Chris wore a sequined black and red jacket.

Friends Keri Hilson and Ester Dean made appearances duringthe set, performing snippets of their songs "Turnin' Me On" and "Drop It Low,"respectively.

Chris closed the night with his new single, "Crawl," aslow-tempo song about repairing a relationship gone bad.

As he performed, Chris' mother watched the show from thesound engineer's booth, often proudly smilingly and at times wiping her eyes.

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