Rowland presented Brown as the winner of the Favorite Male R&B Artist category and she accepted it on his behalf because he didn’t show amid his performance being canceled. Once she announced the win, the crowd didn’t cheer and booed him.
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“Excuse me,” Rowland said when the crowd began to boo. “Chill out.”
“But I wanted to tell Chris, thank you so much for making great R&B music and I want to tell him thank you for being an incredible performer. I’ll take this award — bring it to you. I love you. Congratulations. And congratulations to all the nominees in this category,” she continued to say.
On Saturday Chris Brown announced that he was supposed to perform a Michael Jackson tribute, but it was scratched for unknown reasons. He shared to Instagram of him in rehearsals with the caption “U SERIOUS?” sharing his frustration with the eight-minute performance being cut last minute.
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The AMAs have yet to address why Brown’s tribute was suddenly canceled.