Chris Brown's Michael Jackson tribute: Tears for the 'Man in the Mirror'

chris-brown-getty.jpgWhen Jermaine Jackson came on stage at the BET Awards to introduce a tribute to his brother Michael Jackson, he didn't say the name of the performer. He just announced, "Here he is!" before Chris Brown appeared behind a screen on stage.

Brown has been shut out of Michael Jackson tributes over the last year, having fallen out of favor with the public after his assault of Rihanna became public knowledge.When finally given the chance to honor his idol, Brown went all out - sparkly socks, arm brace, and all.

He danced and lip-synced along to several of Jackson's hits, but the real highlight of the performance came when it was time for Brown himself to sing Jackson's hit "Man in the Mirror." When he opened his mouth to sing the opening line, "I'm gonna make a change for once in my life," Brown couldn't get the words out, fighting back tears.

Was he weeping for Jackson, or because the words hit a bit too close to home? We're guessing it was a bit of both. Brown never managed to pull himself together, so he dropped the microphone and just sang along with the audience, tears streaming down his face.