Kelly Rowland calmed the turmoil from the crowd after Chris Brown’s American Music Award win was booed on Sunday.
The former Destiny’s Child member announced that Brown was the winner in the Favorite R&B Artist category, noting that the 33-year-old wasn’t there to accept the trophy — but she would accept it on his behalf.
“Excuse me,” said Rowland, 41, to boos from the crowd. “Chill out.”
The “Dilemma” singer called Brown an “amazing performer” and spoke directly to him.
“Chris, thank you so much for making great R&B,” the actress concluded. I will take this award [and] bring it to you. I 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 been repeatedly accused of violence against women.
“Why was Kelly Rowland going all out for Chris Brown at that point?” single viewer Request via Twitterwith write another“,” What Chris Brown Does Still Win Awards And Why Kelly Rowland Really Thanks His Ass.
third, however, Share their gratitudeadding, “Thank you Kelly Rowland for the true love you showed Chris Brown for winning.”
The dancer claimed Saturday that he was supposed to perform a tribute to Michael Jackson at the 50th Annual Awards.
“Are you serious?” Brown told his Instagram followers over the weekend, where he shared snaps of what appeared to be a rehearsal. “It could have been an ama performance but they canceled me for unknown reasons.”
The show’s producers have yet to process the seemingly abrupt cancellation of the performance.
The songwriter has found himself under fire multiple times since assaulting Rihanna in 2009, from being accused of assaulting a woman in 2021 — an investigation later dropped due to “lack of evidence” — to being sued for drugging and raping a woman in 2020.
Brown denied both allegations against him, posting on Instagram during the 2020 accusation, “Whenever you release music or projects, ‘they’ try to woo some real bulls.”
Brown also made headlines over an alleged altercation with ex-girlfriend Karruche Tran, who appeared as a presenter during Sunday’s show.
The on-again, off-again couple dated from 2010 to 2015, with Tran claiming in 2017 that Brown punched her in the stomach and pushed her down a flight of stairs.
The actress subsequently obtained a five-year restraining order against her ex-husband.
Brown denied her allegations at the time and said she “doesn’t need a restraining order” and accused her of trying to “promote something”.
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