Chris Brown was the big winner at the BET Awards on Sunday, collecting a total of five awards including Male R&B Artist and Collaboration, Video of the Year and Viewer's Choice for "Look At Me Now," his single with Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes.
"All my fans are everything to me," Brown said while accepting the award for male R&B artist. "I know it's been a long road. I just appreciate every blessing that's been put in front of me."
Brown's most significant blessing are his fans, who have stood by him despite several controversies. It was only three months ago that Chris Brown had a violent outburst and threw a chair through a second story window at ABC's studios in New York today after a Good Morning America host asked him about his domestic abuse history.
This past Wednesday TMZ caught Brown lashing out at photographer in Los Angeles whom he believed had tipped off parking-enforcement officer to his illegally parked car, saying, "Y'all niggas is weak. Did you call them to try and film me? Y'all niggas is gay!"
Last night, backstage in the BET media room he refused to answer questions from the press. Instead, he laid down on the stage with two trophies and smiled at the press. Despite all of his success and the latest chapter in his compelling comeback kid narrative, our own Akiba Solomon wrote that Brown, like many men of color with abusive histories, still needs help.
Other BET award winners this year included Kanye West and Nicki Minaj for Best Male and Female Hip-Hop Artist, Rihanna for Female R&B Artist, and Michael Vick, for Best Sportsman.