Apparently, Brown was supposed to participate in the Jacko tribute at LA's Shrine Auditorium, but Jay-Z pulled the plug on the plans. "Jay-Z wasn't having it. He threatened to pull out of the show if Chris was involved, so BET dropped Chris," the New York Post quoted a source as saying.
A representative for Brown said: "That's not true -- he was never confirmed to perform." Brown was close to Jackson and performed 'Thriller' at the World Music Awards in 2006.