Robin Thicke performed "Get Her Back" – a song about winning back a lover that he reportedly wrote for his estranged wife, Paula Patton – for the first time ever at the Billboard Music Awards tonight. He opened the song by saying, "All right, y'all help me get her back," before his band started playing light, funky chords and his backup singers provided some classic-sounding soul harmonies, singing, "All I wanna do." "I gotta get her, go get her, go get her back," he sang in the chorus, adding that he wanted to "treat her right." He ended the song on his knees, pleading, before walking off with a big smile.
The "Blurred Lines" singer announced his separation from Patton in February, following eight years of marriage and a friendship that dated back to their teen years, US Weekly reported. "We will always love each other and be best friends," he said in a statement at the time. Now, if the R&B singer's lyrics are indeed about Patton, he is pleading with her to come back.
Earlier in the evening, when Thicke accepted the award for Top R&B Song, for "Blurred Lines," he gave Patton a shout-out. "Most importantly, I'd like to thank my wife for her love and support and for putting up with me for all of these years," he said. The singer reportedly had a seat reserved for Patton in case she felt like showing up, according to US Weekly.
Beyond his separation, Thicke was dealing with a lawsuit with the estate of Marvin Gaye, who claimed "Blurred Lines" sounded too similar to the soul legend's "Got to Give It Up," earlier this year. The two sides reached a settlement in January but did not disclose its terms.