*YouTube sensation Antoine Dodson of “Bed Intruder” fame made his live debut on Tuesday’s telecast of the “BET Hip Hop Awards,” red bandanna and all.
The Huntsville, Ala. native, whose animated interview with an Alabama news crew over the summer was turned into a catchy song by a Brooklyn duo, ignited the audience with an abbreviated version of the track.
Accompanied by one of the song’s composers, Michael Gregory of the Gregory Brothers, Dodson sang an abbreviated version of his Auto-Tuned YouTube interview. The crowd absolutely lost it when hit the stage and the camera panned to several stars singing along. Later, he told TheRoot.com that he wasn’t looking to be on the show, but couldn’t resist.
“I am not desperate at all. I don’t call people and say, ‘Hey, I want to be on your show.’ They reached out to me and said, ‘You are the hot topic right now, so we want you to be on the show.'”
So far, the song has drawn over 31 million views on YouTube and sold more than 100,000 downloads on iTunes, where it’s reached No. 3 on the R&B chart, leading it to the 89th slot on the Billboard Hot 100. The Gregory Brothers are sharing all profits from the song with Dodson, who hopes his new-found celebrity status could be his family’s ticket out of the projects.