Chris Brown has been a major topic of discussion on social media in recent days.
Brown has received significant support and defense from Kelly Rowland and now from his previous collaborator, Jordin Sparks, following his sacked Michael Jackson performance at the 2022 American Music Awards.
Chris Brown is reportedly being invited to the 2022 American Music Awards to perform a tribute to Michael Jackson, as it has been 40 years since the release of the King of Pop’s cult-classic record “Thriller.”
In 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to physically abusing his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, effectively ending the R&B Prince’s music career.
Brown was informed a day before his performance that his performance, for which he had extensively trained and rehearsed, would be removed from the show.
According to Puck Media, Brown would be invited to perform on live television for the first time since the 2017 BET Awards in the #MeToo Era.
The article stated, in reference to the reason for the cancellation of the performance:
“The upshot: Disney wasn’t opposed to Brown performing, it was just the pairing of this artist with this material that would be potentially radioactive and thus a nonstarter.”
Meanwhile, Brown took to social media to express his displeasure with the abrupt change, writing:
“WOULD’VE been the ama performance but they canceled me for reasons unknown.”
Despite his boycott of the American Music Awards, Brown was named Favorite Male R&B Artist, with presenter Kelly Rowland accepting the award on his behalf.
Brown’s victory was greeted with boos, which Rowland quickly silenced.
“Excuse me. Chill out. I wanna tell Chris thank you so much for making great R&B music. I’ll take this award and bring it to you.”
TMZ obtained a separate interview with Rowland, who had more to say about his AMAs rant.
She said to the outlet:
“I believe that grace is very real, and we all need a dose of it. Before we point fingers at anybody, we should realize how grateful we are for every moment that we get, even for our own [problems] that we have. I just think it’s important to remember to be human. We are humans.”
Meanwhile, Brown’s collaborator on “No Air,” Jordin Sparks, supported Rowland and the embattled R&B star.
She told the outlet:
“We love Chris. He should have been there. People deserve to be able to grow and learn and be able to live their life without things hanging over them. Everybody deserves that … him especially.”
According to Sparks, the issue of Brown’s past behavior should no longer be brought up, as the focus should now be on his talent.