Drake and BET are saying they’re sorry for the rapper’s questionable performance at the BET Awards last Sunday.
Drake raised a few eyebrows during his performance, which was done completely from a stool at the corner of the main stage. Fans had been waiting for him to come out and really show everyone what all the hype was about, but some viewers were left feeling a little cheated.
"That, actually—to be honest—was a terrible idea that I’ll never do to myself again. But I was being pressed from different areas to perform,” Drake told Complex.com. “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."
The actor-turned-rapper also said that part of the reason was because the planning and preparation for his performance was just bad.
“I had asked for something very specific for my performance and none of those were met, as far as production value,” Drake explained. “I understood my situation, as far as sitting in one place, and figured there was a way to make it interesting. But when I looked around and noticed that none of that was going on [laughs], I kind of just realized that it was going to be a loss for me.”
And BET also offered their apologies on the mess in a statement to AllHipHop.com.
“BET Networks deeply regrets the performance by Young Money at the BET AWARDS ’09 (featuring Lil Wayne, Drake, Gudda Gudda and Mack Maine),” a network rep said. “Elements of the performance were unplanned and should not have happened.”
What elements are they talking about? In case you missed it, many people were giving Drake and Weezy the side-eye when Lil’ Wayne’s preteen daughter and her friends all got up on stage during their performance of “Every Girl.” The song is about a man wishing he could sleep with every woman in the world and it talks pretty explicitly about different scenarios.
“It was just timed very poorly and it definitely wasn’t planned like that, but with that being said, it is what is,” Drake said. “I believe in Wayne and myself, and it’s nothing we can’t bounce back from. To anyone who was offended, my personal apologies, it wasn’t intended to offend anybody."
BET said it plans to air an edited version of the performance when it reruns the BET Awards tonight and for all subsequent airings of the ceremony.
— Sonya Eskridge