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The 2012 BET Awards turned into an emotional one for Soulja Boy, who broke down during the touching tribute to Whitney Houston. He wasn’t the only person in the room crying, Beyonce shed a tear, but it was the image of the young rapper that stuck in our minds.

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“When I was standing there and they started to do the tribute, I started to think about Whitney Houston. When her mother came onstage, I thought about how a mother was singing about her daughter that was no longer here. A daughter that had died,” Soulja Boy revealed to XXL.

“Then I started thinking about my younger brother that recently passed. I got his name tatted on my arm. [His passing] feels like it happened yesterday. So those things are hard to watch,” he continued.

“Whitney…this is a woman who you see in photographs with Michael Jackson,” he said. “This is a woman who was friends with Michael Jackson, she had so many hits of her own, she worked with other legends, she did a lot. It was touching moment at the BET Awards.”

Read the full interview, here.

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