The 2009 BET Awards performance by rappers Drake and Lil Wayne elicited outrage from viewers about what transpired on stage.
Both BET Networks and young upstart rapper Drake have expressed remorse over the performance and explained that the elements of the performance were totally unplanned.
“BET Networks deeply regrets the performance by Young Money at the BET Awards ’09 (featuring Lil Wayne, Drake, Gudda Gudda and Mack Maine). Elements of the performance were unplanned and should not have happened,” the network said in a statement. “We value and appreciate the feedback from our viewers and have edited Young Money’s performance for all BET Awards ’09 encore presentations.”
Drake spoke to Complex magazine and expressed similar feelings about what transpired.
“I think what really happened at the BET Awards is with the passing of Mike, 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,’ and I think it was an award show filled with tributes and music and these genuine heartfelt speeches,” Drake said.
“It was just timed very poorly and it definitely wasn’t planned like that,” the recent signee to Young Money continued. “To anyone who was offended, my personal apologies; it wasn’t intended to offend anybody