Three words: Karate dance sequence. We're disappointed we didn't see it coming, but Chris Brown indeed finished his performance of latest single "Fine China"--and boy, is he really taking the "China" part of that title to heart with all the Eastern-inspired design and plot machinations of both this performance and the song's music video--with a mock fight sequence. To be fair, though, if there was one pop star in music right now who was born to deliver an on-stage karate dance performance, it was probably Breezy, and he acquits himself admirably in the mock-combat.
And at least with this performance, he saves the super-physical stuff for the end, leaving him free to, y'know, actually sing during his proper performance--something of a novelty for Brown at award-show performances of late. The song still isn't great, but the live rendition is a solid one, with a nice funk edge to it and an awesome guitar solo to close things out. It's damned preferable to seeing his 189th live "performance" of "Turn Up the Music," certainly.
POPDUST SAYS: 3.5/5