Drake Says He Regrets Controversial BET Awards Performance

By Miles Bennett  |  07/03/2009

2009-07-03 - Drake and Lil WayneIf you didn't watch the BET Awards, you probably didn't see Drake and Lil Wayne's controversial performance of his single "Every Girl."

First of all, if you haven't heard the song, it's about the two rappers' desires of having sex with "every girl", in the world that is. Basically, reducing women to sex objects. Well, during their BET Awards performance, Drake and Weezy performed the track, while several underage girls danced onstage with them, one being Wayne's daughter and the others her friends.

This didn't sit well with many people, and since the BET Awards, both have received backlash over it. Everyone from bloggers to established journalists criticized both for allowing the presence of the young girls.

Some reports have claimed that the girls' appearance were spontaneous, and a last minute decision, after Weezy's daughter demanded that she be allowed onstage and he let her. However, Drake admitted in an interview with Complex recently that he regrets the decision to bring them onstage for them performance.

"That, actually -- to be honest -- was a terrible idea that I'll never do to myself again," he said. "But I was being pressed from different areas to perform, and 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'

"I think it was an award show filled with tributes and music and these genuine heartfelt speeches. And to sort of climax out of a very tongue-n-cheek point, and then people misconstruing Wayne's daughters and her friends coming out on stage -- it was just timed very poorly and it definitely wasn't planned like that, but with that being said, it is what is."

Despite the criticism, Drake isn't worried about it hurting his career prematurely, but did offer an apology to those offended.

"I believe in Wayne and myself and it's nothing we can't bounce back from," Drake said. "To anyone who was offended, my personal apologies, it wasn't intended to offend anybody."