Chris Brown Surprises at 2014 BET Awards with 'Loyal'

Chris Brown at the BET Awards 2014
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Chris Brown performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. 

The BET Awards were doing well, as far as performers go. But one man instantly got the audience on their feet on arrival: Chris Brown, who performed his hit single “Loyal” for the first time on a huge stage since being released from jail. Lil Wayne and Tyga joined him.

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Wayne made his second appearance of the night for his opening verse. Wearing a red hat, matching plaid jacket, sunglasses and jeans, Brown earned the biggest cheers of the night up to that point as a surprise, unannounced performer.

Vocally, the lifting was light for Chris, whose singing is relatively minimal on the cut, though he sounded pretty comfy during his brief verses and coos. The true “He’s back” moment came when his background dancers left him alone on stage for a solo groove session.

Brown bopped, boogied and shook like the Michael Jackson disciple he. Drummer Travis Barker was an additional surprise as the last-second percussion for Breezy.

Comedian host Chris Rock commented after Brown left the stage that Chris was “dancing like he’s free.”

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