Why Did Brandy Make A Surprise Appearance During Jack Harlow’s BET Awards Performance?

Over the past couple of years, it seems that Jack Harlow’s name has been everywhere. He has gone viral for his flirtatious moments with Emma Chamberlain, Amelia Dimoldenberg, and Doja Cat. His collaboration with Lil Nas X on “Industry Baby” got him his first No. 1 on the charts, as well as a new friendship with its own viral moments. On top of his charismatic personality, the rapper has also blown up for his albums Thats What They All Say and Come Home The Kids Miss You. One could confidently say that Jack is no longer a stranger to success.



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Another artist who is no stranger to success is Brandy Norwood, AKA “the Vocal Bible.” Brandy has touched virtually every part of the entertainment industry, including singing, acting, and modeling. Until a few weeks ago, there was one area that Brandy had yet to officially conquer: rapping. However, thanks to a little bit of social media controversy with Jack Harlow, Brandy can officially call herself a rapper.

In a radio interview with Hot 97, the hosts tasked Jack Harlow with naming who sings Brandy’s “Angel in Disguise.” They gave Jack a clue about Ray J’s sex tape with Kim Kardashian. This clue was not helpful because Jack Harlow did not realize that Ray J is Brandy’s brother. Jack faced criticism for his mistake because many people believed that it wasn’t fair for Jack Harlow to infiltrate black music without knowing black culture.

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7 Brandy Responded To The Controversy In A Tweet

Some days after the initial controversy, Brandy tweeted “I will murk this dude in rap at 43 on his own beats and then sing [his] a** to sleep.” This tweet was all in good fun, though, as Brandy then wrote, “See, I can have a little fun too ❤️ hehe…all love ❤️❤️❤️.” Despite the criticism Jack was facing, Brandy seemed to take his mistake lightly.

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6 Jack Harlow Invited Brandy To Perform With Him At The BET Awards

After Brandy’s teasing on Twitter, Jack Harlow jokingly posted a picture of Brandy and Ray J with a clip from Brandy’s feature on Ye’s (AKA Kanye West) song “Bring Me Down.” Brandy then released her own verse on the beat to Jack Harlow’s “First Class.” After hearing the verse, Jack invited Brandy to perform it with him on the BET Awards.


5 Brandy Was Overjoyed About Performing With Jack Harlow

Brandy’s appearance alongside Jack Harlow at the BET Awards was a delightful surprise for the audience and a “dream come true” for Brandy. She told Entertainment Tonight, “I didn’t know the crowd was going to be excited […] and just, I’m so thankful to Jack because he gave me this opportunity to, like, be a rapper.” She also revealed that she’s wanted to rap “for years.” She tweeted, “Jack, thank you for such an amazing opportunity. Love for life.”

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4 There Have Been Claims That Brandy’s Appearance Saved Jack Harlow’s Performance

The crowd got noticeably livelier when Brandy appeared on stage to perform “First Class” with Jack, which was reflective of the mixed reviews the original version of the song has received. Prior to the release of “First Class,” the initial teaser of the chorus went viral on TikTok. However, when the song was released, some fans were underwhelmed. Following Brandy’s surprise appearance, headlines read “Brandy Rescues Jack Harlow Performance” and “Brandy Blessed Jack Harlow’s BET Performance.”


3 Jack Harlow Also Performed With Lil Wayne

Brandy wasn’t Jack Harlow’s only guest for his BET Awards performance. Lil Wayne also joined Jack on stage for their song “Poison.” Jack, Brandy, and Lil Wayne took pictures together after their performance. More recently, Lil Wayne posted a behind-the-scenes video, giving a shout out to both Brandy and Jack. In the video, they all can be heard joking about future collaborations.

2 Jack Harlow Is Making Good On His Commitment To Uplifting Black Women

Jack Harlow has repeatedly made a commitment to honoring the black women who have propelled his career forward. He told Teen Vogue, “Black women are such a massive part of my career.” He also said that black women will “never have to worry about not being credited by me.” Inviting Brandy to perform with him is just another instance where he is giving credit where credit is due.


1 Jack Harlow Also Addressed The Lil Nas X Controversy At The BET Awards

On the red carpet, Jack Harlow wore a Lil Nas X t-shirt. Lil Nas X had called out BET for not nominating him for any awards even though his last album had some of the “biggest songs of the last year” – one of which featured Jack. Lil Nas X also told Rolling Stone that his “relationship with BET has been painful and strained.” Jack truly made a night of showing support for his collaborators and friends.

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