Wayne Brady says he knew he had to nail his Little Richard impersonation for the BET Awards tribute — and he’s giving props to his ex-wife and her BF for helping him pull it off.
Wayne joined us Monday on “TMZ Live” to talk about one of the highlights of Sunday night’s show … which was a virtual/at-home event for the first time. He said it was a blessing to honor the late rock ‘n’ roll legend, who he absolutely loved.
WB recalled the first time he actually got to meet Little Richard and work with him — and it’s obvious how much admiration they had for each other.
That’s why Wayne knew the pressure was on to bring that live performance energy — worthy of Little Richard — even though it was pre-recorded … and he revealed how he did that.
Talk about a progressive production — Wayne told us how his ex-wife, her boyfriend, his daughter and a few others all came together to record the tribute in a COVID-safe environment.
Wayne says the final product just goes to show the pandemic can’t stop him from doing what he loves to do.
He also told us why being a part of this year’s award show was extra special to him. As he put it, BET and CBS made a huge statement about black culture’s place in America.