20. Drake Apologizes For BET Awards Performance
Date: July 2009
What Happened: Drake was panned by critics for his closing performance at the 2009 BET Awards. For starters, Drake rapped while seated in a chair due to a knee injury. But He and Lil Wayne were also joined on-stage by Wayne’s daughter young Reginae and her friends while he performed the songs “Every Girl” and “Always Strapped.” Many thought the gesture was in poor taste.
In an interview with Complex, Drake apologized for the performance saying, “That, actually—to be honest—was a terrible idea that I'll never do to myself again...I was being pressed from different areas to perform, and I think what really happened at the BET Awards is with the passing of Mike [Jackson], the climate really changed, as far as the award show goes. I don't think it called for us to perform "Every Girl" and "Always Strapped."
The rapper went on to say, "It was an award show filled with tributes and music and these genuine heartfelt speeches...Then people misconstruing Wayne's daughters and her friends coming out on stage...it was just timed very poorly and it definitely wasn't planned like that...To anyone who was offended, my personal apologies, it wasn't intended to offend anybody."
This might have been the first time Drizzy had to issue a public apology, but it wasn't the last. The next month, the rapper apologized to Universal Motown head Sylvia Rhone for his lyrics in the song "Say What's Real." In the song Drake raps, "Sylvia be telling Tez, 'Damn, Drake's fly"/And he just be like, 'Silly motherfucker, I know." In his apology he admitted to his lyrics being "emotionally charged" and "very brazen."
Complex Says: It wasn't a good look having little girls dancing to “Every Girl,” but let's not act like there weren’t thousands of middle schoolers staying up singing every word right along with them.