Event: Billboard Music Awards
Date: May 19, 2013
Whenever Chris Brown takes the stage and doesn’t deliver a performance up to snuff, it’s tempting to hand him a free pass. After all, the man might move better than any other artist in the game today. Such disappointments have become a trend, though, and no live effort might convey this better than CB’s rendition of “Fine China” at the Billboard Music Awards last year.
Breezy started smoothly, twisting and turning his feet to the guitar-infused beat. However, his vocal chords didn’t treat him as kindly as the dance floor—disappointing to hear from an artist capable of this. More often yelping and curtly ending lines than truly singing, Brown could only bow out during the demanding hook and let his recorded double do the honors.