Kelly Rowland calmed audience riots after Chris Brown American Music Award The victory was booed on Sunday.
The former Destiny’s Child member announced that Brown was the winner of the category Favorite Male R&B Artistand noted that the 33-year-old was not there to receive the trophy, but would accept it on her behalf.
“Excuse me,” Rowland, 41, said to boos from the crowd. “Chill out.”
The “Dilemma” singer called Brown an “incredible performer” and went on to speak directly to him.
“Chris, thank you so much for making great R&B music,” the actress concluded. I will take this prize [and] bring it to you. Love you. Congratulations and congratulations to all the nominees in this category.”
Social media users had mixed feelings about Rowland’s defense of Brown, who has repeatedly been accused of violence against women.
“Why was Kelly Rowland trying so hard for Chris Brown on that stage?” a spectator asked via Twitterwith another writing“What the hell is Chris Brown doing still winning awards and why is Kelly Rowland there thanking her real ass.”
A third, however, shared their gratitudeHe added: “Thank you Kelly Rowland for that genuine love you just showed Chris Brown for winning.”
The dancer affirmed on Saturday that he was he was supposed to perform a tribute to michael jackson at the 50th annual awards show.
“ARE YOU SERIOUS?” Brown told Instagram followers of him over the weekend, sharing images from what appeared to be a rehearsal. “It WOULD have been ama’s performance, but I got canceled for unknown reasons.”
The show’s producers have yet to address the seemingly sudden cancellation of the performance.
The composer has been under fire many times since assault Rihanna in 2009of being accused of beating a woman in 2021, an investigation that was later abandoned due to “insufficient evidence”, to be sued for allegedly drugging and raping a woman in 2020.
Brown denied the two accusations against him, posting on Instagram during the 2020 indictment: “Every time I’m releasing music or projects ‘THEY’ try to do real bullshit.”
Brown also made headlines for alleged altercations with his ex-girlfriend Karreuche Tran, who appeared as a host during Sunday’s show.
the flashing couple dates from 2010 to 2015with Tran claiming in 2017 that Brown punched her in the stomach and pushed her down some stairs.
Later the actress got a five-year restraining order against his ex
Brown denied her allegations at the time, saying she “doesn’t need a restraining order” and accused her of trying to “promote something.”