LAS VEGAS, Nevada (September 10, 2007) Forget Britney Last nights MTV Video Music Awards belonged to 18-year-old Chris Brown, whose electrifying performance and homage to Michael Jackson kick started the show into high gear.
One person who took notice of Browns dazzling display was none other than the King of Pop himself, who issued this exclusive statement to Access Hollywood:
Chris is a bright and shining star whom I enjoy watching perform. I am happy to have had a positive influence on him.
Justin Timberlake, a big winner at last nights awards, was also impressed by Browns dynamic energy:
Nobody likes to be reminded that theyre getting older. And whatever Chris Brown just did reminded me of how Im getting older, said the 28-year-old Timberlake on the broadcast. Cause damn. Its just exciting to see
Browns dance break to the riff from Jacksons Billie Jean was only one part of an elaborate set, that began with the carnival-inspired Wall to Wall and climaxed with an all-out dance spectacle to Browns and T-Pains Kiss Kiss. There was also a surprise performance from Rihanna thrown in to take things even higher.
Browns sophomore album, Exclusive, is scheduled to hit stores on November 6.