2013 Billboard Music Awards Keeps It Classy With Chris Brown ‘Fine China’ Performance [Video]
Breezy performed ‘Fine China’ at the ceremony, and it was unlike any previous awards show performances from the star. For one, he kept his clothes on, as he’s often shirt-averse (and if we had torsos like that, we would be too). He began the performance singing live into a mic while remaining fairly stationary, similar to what we’ve come to expect from Justin Timberlake.
However, Brown later busted out some serious footwork — footwork usually reserved for foot soldiers. Brown’s choreography towards the end of this 2013 Billboard Music Awards performance incorporated martial arts moves, and set alongside the Oriental-inspired backdrop, it made for a cinematic experience. Brown stopped singing at this point, because, well, he was jumping, kicking and chopping all over the place — but it’s worth noting he was audibly singing himself, albeit along with a backing track, in the opening part of the performance.
Also a fun touch to the performance, which closed with Brown’s silhouette? Guitar work by Orianthi. Remember her?
Not everyone appreciate Brown’s 2013 Billboard Music Awards performance, though — Kid Rock called him out a bit later. When the Detroit rap-rocker was onstage to present the 2013 Billboard Music Award for Best Rap Song, he griped, “Let’s hear it for lip syncing to prerecorded music!” C’mon, man. You made a video with Scott Stapp.