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    Ne-Yo’s performance at George Floyd’s funeral earns raves, sparks controversy

    R&B superstar singer-songwriter and World of Dance judge Ne-Yo broke down twice while struggling through an a cappella rendition of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” at George Floyd’s funeral service, held Tuesday at the Fountain of Praise Church in Floyd’s hometown of Houston. But while Ne-Yo clearly sang from the heart, remarks he made before his performance generated swift backlash online.

    “Fifty states are protesting at the same time. This man changed the world — changed the world for the better. So, I just want to personally thank George Floyd for his sacrifice, so that my kids can be all right later on. I appreciate the sacrifice, my brother, I genuinely do,” the father of four declared, referring to how the shocking May 25 death of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after white Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, sparked national protests against police brutality and national conversations about systemic racism.

    “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” originally by G.C. Cameron, has become a go-to anthem of sorts in a year of mourning: Boyz II Men, who had a hit with it in 1991, performed the ballad with Alicia Keys during the opening of the 2020 Grammy Awards ceremony in tribute to Kobe Bryant, who had died in a helicopter crash that day. At Floyd’s memorial service, applause broke out the moment Ne-Yo began singing the song; this no doubt encouraged him to keep going. “God bless,” Ne-Yo said softly as he left the stage after he finished.Didah @didah_learto

    If Ne-Yo did not bring tears 2 your eyes🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 u have an ice box where ur heart should be..

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    87Twitter Ads info and privacy34 people are talking about thisMaya Wiley@mayawiley

    Ne-Yo singing “How do I say goodbye…” Acapella & Emotional. #GeorgeFloydFuneral237Twitter Ads info and privacy37 people are talking about thisTB@TevonBlair

    Ne-Yo:

    My momma: I think he could have done better.

    GIRL THIS MAN WAS CRYING26Twitter Ads info and privacySee TB’s other TweetsRobyn Harney@IAmRobynNicole

    Watching the celebration of George Floyd’s life with tears streaming down my face after that performance by Ne-Yo. That was real.20Twitter Ads info and privacy17 people are talking about this

    But while many fans watching the live stream of the service were moved by Ne-Yo’s performance, many others took issue with his comments about Floyd’s “sacrifice,” criticizing the statement as inappropriate and tone-deaf, or at least poorly worded.Carla Wants Poetic Justice@Carla32189368

    Ne-Yo thanked #GeorgeFloyd for his sacrifice. Whose going to tell NeYo what really happened? #GeorgeFloydFuneral

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    Ne-Yo: “I want to thank George Floyd for his sacrifice…”

    Sick…. So Sick of hearing y’all embarrass yourselves in these speeches. pic.twitter.com/ZzUCXgoVfT

    — m • ✊🏾 (@FKAStark) June 9, 2020

    avy aveesss@Avia_Ashley

    I just saw why ne-yo was trending. Smh murder is not a sacrifice

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    52Twitter Ads info and privacy29 people are talking about thisNotYetAMom@NotYetAMom1

    This may have been my actual face when I read what Ne-Yo said…

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    24Twitter Ads info and privacySee NotYetAMom’s other TweetsShelone@KkHotCommodity

    Neyo just thanked George Floyd for his sacrifice so his kids can be alright…🧐

    I want y’all to stick with your talents and shut up about everything else.6,243Twitter Ads info and privacy2,159 people are talking about thisShelone@KkHotCommodity · 

    Neyo just thanked George Floyd for his sacrifice so his kids can be alright…🧐

    I want y’all to stick with your talents and shut up about everything else.Ceddy B@_cedricblossom

    In my opinion & in his defense, I think he meant that #georgefloyd ‘s death will not be in vain. We need people who have leverage to be present and to speak up in times like these. I do agree with you though; Sometimes we don’t do the best job communicating what we really mean.198Twitter Ads info and privacy30 people are talking about thisCherry Pop, Esq.@prtygrlgonebad

    Sacrifice was the wrong word to use but that wasn’t what he was trying to say and he actually said that before he started singing https://twitter.com/kkhotcommodity/status/1270424014721294337 …Shelone@KkHotCommodityNeyo just thanked George Floyd for his sacrifice so his kids can be alright…

    I want y’all to stick with your talents and shut up about everything else.
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    Other notable participants in Tuesday’s service included the Rev. Al Sharpton, who delivered the eulogy, and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who in a prerecorded video testimonial proclaimed, “When there’s justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America.” The service was also attended by actors Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, football players J.J. Watt and D.J. Reader, gospel singer Kim Burrell, soul singer Al B. Sure, and Houston rappers Slim Thug, Paul Wall and Trae Tha Truth.

    This article was originally posted on yahoo.com/entertainment/.

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