Kelly Rowland Defends Chris Brown Amid Boos at 2022 AMAs

Kelly Rowland, who accepted the Favorite Male R&B Artist award for Chris Brown at the 2022 AMAs, at the microphone

Singer and actor Kelly Rowland took the stage at the 2022 American Music Awards to present the award for Favorite Male R&B Artist. When she announced controversial performer Chris Brown as the winner, the award show audience reacted with shock and many in the crowd began to boo the decision. Rowland, in turn, stepped in to stand up for Brown.

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Chris Brown won Favorite Male R&B Artist at the 2022 AMAs

Prior to the 2022 American Music Awards, Chris Brown (along with singer Ciara) had been tapped to perform a special tribute to Michael Jackson during the show. Over the years, some have drawn comparisons between the two artists for their dance and vocal abilities. However, the AMAs scrapped the performance at the last minute.

“Live shows change all the time, it’s the nature of this business; unfortunately, this element of the AMAs didn’t come together as we couldn’t align on the performance, to no fault of Chris Brown,” a statement from Dick Clark Productions, the company behind the award show, read.

Brown was nominated at the 2022 AMAs for Favorite Male R&B Artist alongside Brent Faiyaz, Givēon, Lucky Daye, and The Weeknd. Brown ultimately came out on top.

Kelly Rowland gives Chris Brown his flowers after winning Favorite Male R&B Artist at the #AMAs

— CMB News (@chrisbrownewss) November 21, 2022

Kelly Rowland quieted the audience and defended Chris Brown after a negative reaction

When Rowland announced Chris Brown as the winner for Favorite Male R&B Artist, the audience at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater reacted with jeers instead of cheers. After his Michael Jackson tribute was scrubbed, Brown didn’t show up at the ceremony at all, leaving Rowland to accept the award for him while simultaneously trying to calm down the crowd.

“Chris Brown is not here tonight so I’m accepting this award on his behalf,” she said.

“Excuse me — chill out,” she continued while holding up a finger as the crowd continued to boo. “But I wanted to tell Chris, thank you so much for making great R&B music. And I want to tell him thank you for being an incredible performer. I’ll take this award [and] bring it to you. I love you. Congratulations. And congratulations to all the nominees in this category.”

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Chris Brown’s career in 2022

Despite his status as a controversial figure in music, Chris Brown has continued to release music over the years, with his most recent project being his album Breezy, released in June 2022. The album features appearances from artists like Lil Durk, Fivio Foreign, 

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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