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A NIGHT OF COMEBACKS

It was comeback night at the BET Awards. - Kanye West opened Sunday's show in his first TV appearance since dissing Taylor Swift at last year's MTV Video Music Awards. T.I. made a triumphant return to TV for his first performance since being released from prison in December. And 1980s hitmaker El DeBarge blazed back onto the stage to play old hits and the title track from his first new album in 16 years. - Here are some other highlights. From Times wires

MAN IN THE MIRROR: Chris Brown has mostly kept a low profile since pleading guilty to felony assault for beating up Rihanna in February 2009. But here he was, center stage, mimicking Jackson's signature dance moves with almost eerie accuracy. Introduced by Jermaine Jackson, Brown embodied the King of Pop, wearing his fedora and spangled glove and moonwalking across the stage to Billie Jean. Then, as Brown grabbed a microphone to sing Man in the Mirror, he broke down in tears. It was a moving moment made even more so by the song's lyrics and his own recent past. The 21-year-old returned to the stage later to apologize to his fans. "I let you all down before, but I won't do it again. I promise you," Brown said.

EL DE-WHO? It's been a while since R&B legend El DeBarge had a grip on the music charts with such smashes as Who's Johnny and Stop! Don't Tease Me. On Sunday, he tore through a medley of tunes from his catalog, including All This Love and Rhythm of the Night. This fall, the singer is set to release Second Chance, his first album of new material since 1994.

HIS PURPLE HIGHNESS:Prince, who picked up BET's lifetime achievement award, was feted with an all-female musical tribute. Janelle Monae delivered an energetic take on Let's Go Crazy. Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding accompanied herself on standup bass for If I Was Your Girlfriend. Alicia Keys started behind the piano, then climbed on top of it, when she sang Adore, and Patti LaBelle kicked off her shoes to give her all to Purple Rain. Prince, who wore a tunic with his own image on it, seemed humbled by the tribute. "I'm just so thankful to be a part of this world of music," he said. "Thanks for a wonderful night. I'll never forget it as long as I live."

This report contains material from the Associated Press and MTV.com.

t was an emotional day for the cast and crew of CBS' As the World Turns when it wrapped up production last week after 54 years on the air. The Daytime Emmy Awards may have eased some of that pain with hardware.

Michael Park and Maura West, who play an on-again, off-again couple on the show, won best actor and actress awards for a daytime drama on Sunday's Daytime Emmy Awards.

West beckoned her sobbing daughter onstage to bask in the award. Park said he may give his trophy to his grandmother, who has been watching As the World Turns for more than a half-century on CBS. He said he hoped no one would have to endure the sadness felt by the cast and crew when the show stopped filming on Wednesday. The final episode is scheduled for air on Sept. 17.

As the World Turns wasn't nominated in the category of best soap opera, which was won by CBS' The Bold & The Beautiful for the second consecutive year.

It was a big night for Discovery's Cash Cab. The show filmed in the back of a New York City taxi was named best game show for the third time in a row, and host Ben Bailey won for the first time as best game show host.

- Associated Press

Soap gets emotional send off

It was an emotional day for the cast and crew of CBS' As the World Turns when it wrapped up production last week after 54 years on the air. The Daytime Emmy Awards may have eased some of that pain with hardware. Michael Park and Maura West, who play an on-again, off-again couple on the show, won best actor and actress awards for a daytime drama on Sunday's Daytime Emmy Awards. West beckoned her sobbing daughter onstage to bask in the award. Park said he may give his trophy to his grandmother, who has been watching As the World Turns for more than a half-century on CBS. He said he hoped no one would have to endure the sadness felt by the cast and crew when the show stopped filming on Wednesday. The final episode is scheduled for air on Sept. 17. As the World Turns wasn't nominated in the category of best soap opera, which was won by CBS' The Bold & The Beautiful for the second consecutive year. It was a big night for Discovery's Cash Cab. The show filmed in the back of a New York City taxi was named best game show for the third time in a row, and host Ben Bailey won for the first time as best game show host.

Associated Press

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