Kelly Rowland; Photo Courtesy of ABC/AMAs
Kelly Rowland; Photo Courtesy of ABC/AMAs

Kelly Rowland Demands AMAs Crowd To “Chill Out” After They Boo Chris Brown’s Award Win Amid Brown’s Abrupt Cancelation

Kelly Rowland announced that Chris Brown won the American Music Award for Favorite Male R&B Artist at the 2022 AMAs in Los Angeles on Sunday (Nov. 20) and several people in the audience inside of Microsoft Theatre were heard booing the “Under The Influence” singer’s win.

After the Destiny’s Child member revealed Brown as the winner of the coveted award, the camera panned across the crowd in the theatre and several people were heard booing. Rowland was seemed shocked to hear the crowd’s reaction to Brown’s win and then continued with her presenting duties, before telling the crowd to “chill out.”

“Now Chris Brown is not here tonight so I’m accepting this award on his behalf,” Rowland said. She then addressed the audience, shouting, “Excuse me… chill out. 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 — bring it to you. I love you. Congratulations. And congratulations to all the nominees in this category.”

In addition to Brown, Brent Faiyaz, Giveon, Lucky Daye, and The Weeknd were also nominated in the category as well.

Brown was reportedly scheduled to honor Michael Jackson with a special tribute performance at the American Music Awards, however, it was reported that his appearance was canceled at the last minute. 

The chart-topping singer took to social media to share a clip from rehearsals of what was supposed to be his performance at the AMAs. Brown’s performance was expected to serve as a tribute to the late “King Of Pop,” Michael Jackson, according to TMZ.

In the 7-minute clip, Brown can be seen practicing a choreographed dance routine with professional dancers to his latest single, “Under The Influence,” before the music suddenly changes to a medley of Jackson hits, including “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Wanna Be Starting Something” and “Thriller.”

“U SERIOUS? 🤦‍♂️” Brown captioned the clip.

The hitmaker later commented on his post, telling fans that the American Music Awards canceled his performance for “reasons unknown.”

“WOULDVE been the ama performance but they cancelled me for reasons unknown,” he said in the comments.

Several upset Chris Brown fans took to the comment on his post saying that it’s “their loss” and that Brown’s performance would’ve been “the performance of the year.”

“Jokes on them,” another fan wrote. “The ONLY reason I would watch the AMAs is if CB performed. Other than that it’s usually generic, uninspired trash.”

Producer Jermaine Dupree also share his thoughts on the cancelation via his Instagram, where he wrote, “If the American Music Awards canceled the Chris Brown performance, then that means they canceled the 40th anniversary of “Thriller,” which means they canceled the Michael Jackson tribute. Black music we in trouble.”

It’s presumed that Brown’s performance would’ve been a tribute to honor the 40th anniversary of Jackson’s sixth studio album, Thriller, which went on to become the music icon’s best-selling album ever.

Brown has previously honored Jackson numerous times during concerts, special events and most notably at the BET Awards in 2010, just one year after Jackson had passed away.

TMZ reported that they have reached out to the AMAs for comment on Brown’s cancelation claim, but they have yet to respond. In addition, representatives for the ABC network have yet to comment on why the tribute was reportedly canceled.

The 2022 American Music Awards featured performances from Rexha, Guetta, Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, P!NK, Yola, Anitta, D-Nice (House DJ), Dove Cameron, GloRilla, J.I.D., Lil Baby, WizKid, Tems, and more.

P!nk, who kicked off the AMAs with the live debut of her latest single “Never Gonna Not Dance Again,” also delivered an emotional tribute performance to the late Olivia Newton-John, who died of breast cancer at 73-years-old in August of 2022.

Stevie Wonder also joined forces with Ari Lennox and Charlie Puth to perform a medley of Lionel Richie’s hit songs in honor of the American Idol judge and former Commodores member, who is the 2022 AMAs Icon Award recipient.

Additionally, Jimmie Allen, Meghan Trainor, Dan + Shay, Dustin Lynch, Ellie Goulding, Jessie James Decker, Kelly Rowland, Kim Petras, Latto, Melissa Etheridge, Sabrina Carpenter and Smokey Robinson, Karreuche Tran, Roselyn Sanchez, Niecy Nash-Betts and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Liza Koshy were on hand to present during the coveted awards show ceremony.

Hosted by Wayne Brady, the 2022 American Music Awards aired live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 20 at 8/7c on ABC. 

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