Chris Brown wins amid performance drama

Chris Brown scored a win at the 2022 American Music Awards shortly after slamming the show for allegedly cutting his planned tribute to Michael Jackson.

During the Live Awards Ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 20. Kelly Rowland announced Brown’s victory as the preferred male R&B artist.

“Chris Brown is not here tonight, so I accept this award on his behalf. Forgiveness. Chill out,” the Destiny’s Child member, 41, told the crowd as they began booing the absent winner, 33. “But I want to say Chris – thank you for making great R&B music. And I want to thank him for being an incredible performer. I will accept this award [and] bring it to you I love you.”

Chris Brown wins the award at the 2022 AMAs after claiming his performance was axed at the 2022 Kelly Rowlland AMA American Music Awards

Kelly Rowlland accepts Chris Brown’s award for Favorite Male R&B Artist at the American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

The rapper’s win comes a day after he claimed his tribute to Jackson at the AMAs was pulled at the last second. Brown took to social media on Saturday, November 19 to share a lengthy Instagram video of a dance rehearsal.

In the clip, the Virginia native performed Jackson’s “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Wanna Be Starting Something,” and “Thriller.” The alleged tribute was thought to have been planned to celebrate the late singer’s 40th anniversary thriller Album.

“Are you serious?” Brown captioned the Instagram post before claiming in the comments section, “WOULD have been the ama performance but they canceled me for unknown reasons.”

The AMAs have not addressed Brown’s allegations, but he was not included in previous announcements regarding the lineup for the ceremony’s performance.

The “Kiss Kiss” singer has made headlines over the years with his legal troubles. In February 2009, Brown physically assaulted his then-girlfriend rihanna. He pleaded guilty to the crime and was serving five years of probation, doing community service and attending a domestic violence counseling center.

Chris Brown wins the award at the 2022 AMAs after claiming his performance was axed at the 2022 AMA American Music Awards

Chris Brown performs at the United Center on September 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Cindy Barrymore/Shutterstock

Later that year, Brown opened up where the couple stood after the incident. “I’m pretty sure we can always be friends,” he told Larry King in his first interview since his arrest. “I don’t know anything about our relationship, but I just definitely know that we ended up being friends.”

The on-off couple briefly reconciled in 2012 before calling it quits a year later. Following their split, Rihanna, 34, described what it felt like to answer questions about the attack.

“It’s in the past, and I don’t want to say, ‘Get over it,’ because it’s a very serious thing that’s still relevant; it’s still real,” the fashion designer, who now shares a 6-month-old baby with his boyfriend ASAP Rockysaid vanity fair in October 2015. “Many women, many young girls are still going through this. Lots of young guys too. It’s not an issue that can be swept under the rug, so I can’t just dismiss it as if it’s nothing, or I don’t take it seriously. But for me, and for anyone who has been a victim of domestic violence, no one wants to be remembered.”

Meanwhile, Brown was accused of rape and arrested in Paris in January 2019. At the time, French authorities said the investigation would continue after the songwriter was released from custody. The dancer described the allegations as “false” and “disrespectful” in a since-deleted Instagram post.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Brown was being sued by a woman who claimed he drugged and raped her at a party in December 2020. The actor responded to the claims via Instagram Stories in January, writing, “I HOPE YOU SEE THIS PATTERN, whenever I release music or projects ‘YOU’ try to pull some real bulls.”

If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for confidential assistance.

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Jaclyn Diaz

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