Kelly Rowland Defends Chris Brown From Booing On the AMAs

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After an absent Chris Brown was awarded Favourite Male R&B Artist, Kelly Rowland defended the singer, accepting the trophy on his behalf.

Kelly Rowland is taking a stance towards Chris Brown detractors. Whereas presenting the Favourite Male R&B Artist class on the 2022 American Music Awards, the previous Future’s Little one member accepted the trophy on Brown’s behalf after the noticeably-absent singer was booed by some viewers members. Additionally within the class had been The Weeknd, Fortunate DayeBrent Faiyaz and GIVĒON.

“Excuse me — sit back,” Rowland retorted to these protesting within the crowd. She continued, “However I wished to inform Chris, thanks a lot for making nice R&B music. And I wish to inform him thanks for being an unbelievable performer. I’ll take this award, carry it to you. I really like you. Congratulations. And congratulations to all of the nominees on this class.”

Brown was beforehand anticipated to attend the AMAs, additionally performing an eight-minute set honoring the fortieth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s 1982 landmark album Thriller. In footage of the singer’s Thriller choreography, Brown, with an added cameo from Ciara, was supposed to bop to “Beat It,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller” earlier than the efficiency was referred to as off on the final minute.

On social media, Rowland was criticized for defending Brown, many noting Brown’s historical past of colorism and home abuse. Earlier within the week, Rowland went to Sizzling 97 to debate her subsequent movie Fantasy Soccer, however was derailed by questions on longtime collaborator and pal Beyoncé. When co-host Peter Rosenberg requested Rowland about “taking part in second” to the Renaissance artist, Rowland defined that each “shine collectively.”

“Right here’s the factor, mild attracts mild. I’m mild,” Rowland stated. “So I’m a ravishing brown shining mild. So I don’t suppose anyone’s mild dims anybody else’s. I feel that when different individuals begin to examine you, I feel that’s when it exhibits how dim they’re of themselves.”