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Chris Brown, Teyana Taylor, Sza and Ella Mai Set the BET Experience Concert Ablaze
By By Lauren A. Jones Contributing Writer

Chris Brown performs at 2018 BET Experience Staples Center Concert, sponsored by COCA-COLA, at L.A. Live on June 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robert Torrence/Sentinel)

Some of R&B’s finest and the new hot artists took the stage in the form of Chris Brown, Teyana Taylor, Sza and Ella Mai on night two (June 22) of the BET Experience at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, Calif. 

Emerging artist Ella Mai was the opening act. The British singer-songwriter brought out surprise guest Ty Dolla $ign for their hit collaboration, “She Don’t.” In the last month, the soulful Ella Mai has ascended from No. 5 to No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artist chart in large part due to the success of her single “Boo’d Up.” Fans around the arena rose to their feet as the acoustic beat began to play to her hit song. 

Ella Mai was followed by TDE artist Sza, who had missed a number of performances on the TDE tour due to swollen vocal cords. It has been reported that she might have permanent vocal damage. Nonetheless, the 27-year-old wowed the crowd performing hits from her debut album Ctrl like “The Weekend,” “Love Galore,” and “Doves in the Wind.” 

Kendrick Lamar, who is featured on the album, was spotted taking photos from the photographer section of the concert as Sza dazzled the crowd in her oversized jeans and white flowy top.  

Moments later, the women in the crowd erupted once more as Chris Brown appeared on stage showing off his dynamic voice and impressive dance moves. Brown’s nearly hour long high-energy set included a compilation of some of his newer hits like “Liquor,” “Privacy,” and “Back to Sleep.” Though he debuted his more recent songs, he made sure to save some of his classic numbers for the finale. An awe fell over the crowd when Brown  performed “Yo (Excuse Me Miss).” 

Fans were given a special surprise while heading for the exit following Chris Brown’s performance. 

“You thought the performance was over, but we have Petunia in the building,” said the BET host as he referenced Teyana Taylor. 

“Please don’t be mad at me,” the R&B singer said as she came onstage Friday night. Taylor who is signed to G.O.O.D. Music, Kanye West’s label, was scheduled to have her album released on Thursday (June 21). She assured fans that her album was on the way. 

Teyana Taylor performs at 2018 BET Experience Staples Center Concert, sponsored by COCA-COLA, at L.A. Live on June 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robert Torrence/Sentinel)

Taylor proceeded with a short and sexy charged set dressed in red leather pants and a cut off shirt.  Taylor closed out the show with two of her older jams like “Maybe’ and “Do Not Disturb.”  

Some of R&B’s finest and the new hot artists took the stage in the form of Chris Brown, Teyana Taylor, Sza and Ella Mai on night two (June 22) of the BET Experience at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, Calif. 

Emerging artist Ella Mai was the opening act. The British singer-songwriter brought out surprise guest Ty Dolla $ign for their hit collaboration, “She Don’t.” In the last month, the soulful Ella Mai has ascended from No. 5 to No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artist chart in large part due to the success of her single “Boo’d Up.” Fans around the arena rose to their feet as the acoustic beat began to play to her hit song. 

Ella Mai was followed by TDE artist Sza, who had missed a number of performances on the TDE tour due to swollen vocal cords. It has been reported that she might have permanent vocal damage. Nonetheless, the 27-year-old wowed the crowd performing hits from her debut album Ctrl like “The Weekend,” “Love Galore,” and “Doves in the Wind.” 

Kendrick Lamar, who is featured on the album, was spotted taking photos from the photographer section of the concert as Sza dazzled the crowd in her oversized jeans and white flowy top.  

Moments later, the women in the crowd erupted once more as Chris Brown appeared on stage showing off his dynamic voice and impressive dance moves. Brown’s nearly hour long high-energy set included a compilation of some of his newer hits like “Liquor,” “Privacy,” and “Back to Sleep.” Though he debuted his more recent songs, he made sure to save some of his classic numbers for the finale. An awe fell over the crowd when Brown  performed “Yo (Excuse Me Miss).” 

Fans were given a special surprise while heading for the exit following Chris Brown’s performance. 

“You thought the performance was over, but we have Petunia in the building,” said the BET host as he referenced Teyana Taylor. 

“Please don’t be mad at me,” the R&B singer said as she came onstage Friday night. Taylor who is signed to G.O.O.D. Music, Kanye West’s label, was scheduled to have her album released on Thursday (June 21). She assured fans that her album was on the way. 

Taylor proceeded with a short and sexy charged set dressed in red leather pants and a cut off shirt.  Taylor closed out the show with two of her older jams like “Maybe’ and “Do Not Disturb.”  

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