The singer won Favorite Male R&B Artist and earned a shout-out from Kelly Rowland amid controversy over his eleventh-hour cancellation of the Chris Brown-helmed Michael Jackson Awards at the American Music Awards on Sunday.
“Chris Brown isn’t here tonight, so I’m going to accept this award on his behalf,” Rowland said, before responding to some boos and indistinct shouts. “I’m sorry, calm down,” she continued. “But I want to say Chris, thank you so much for making great music, and thank you for an amazing performance. I’m going to take this award for you, I love you! Congratulations, and congratulations to all the nominees in this category.” More indistinct boos followed from the audience.
According to sources and a report on Puck, Michael Jackson’s planned tribute show was canceled a few days before, apparently on Brown Optics, who was guilty of assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna the night before the 2009 Grammy Awards, leading the tribute. For Jackson, a 2005 felony conviction for child abuse was dismissed.
Earlier this week, Brown posted a video and message on Instagram saying that the performance — which included Jackson’s songs “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “I Want to Start Something” and “Thriller” — was canceled for unknown reasons. The tribute is timely, as the 40th anniversary reissue of Jackson’s biggest album, “Thriller,” is due later this year.
Brown’s statement, “Is it so hard?” He says, continuing, “It was supposed to be Amma’s performance but they canceled me for some unknown reason.
According to Puck, the network didn’t object to Brown’s performance, but the combination of him directing the Jackson tribute was deemed unacceptable – over the objections of show executive producers Jesse Collins and Stephen Hill. A representative for Dick Clark Productions, which produced the show, told Puck: “Live shows change all the time, it’s the nature of this business. Unfortunately, this part of the AMAs didn’t come together because we couldn’t match the performance, no mistakes.
In the year Even after his death in 2009, allegations of inappropriate behavior with children continued against Jackson. Brown was arrested following Rihanna’s assault and pleaded guilty and was sentenced to community service, domestic violence counseling and a restraining order. In the year He hasn’t performed on network television since the BET Awards in 2017, and despite several allegations of abuse in the years since 2009, he complained that he was effectively banned for his past behavior.
Representatives for ABC and Brown did not immediately respond. DifferenceFeedback questions.