Chris Brown recently won the title of Favorite Male R&B Artist for the 2022 American Music Awards on Sunday night, and many people in the audience were not happy.
According to Buzzfeed News, Kelly Rowland was selected to present the award for this category, and after announcing who won, many people decided to express their outrage.
Since Chris Brown wasn’t present to accept the trophy himself, Rowland accepted it on his behalf and decided to give a speech, addressing the still booing crowd by holding her index finger up and saying “Excuse me – chill out.”
She continued, “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 and bring it to you. I love you. Congratulations. And congratulations to all the nominees in this category.”
She initially seemed shocked by the boos from the crowd but gracefully continued presenting the award and giving her speech, clearly elated that the artist had won.
Many fans, however, were not pleased with Rowland’s response to the crowd – and her praise of Chris – seeing the entire moment as her defending the controversial singer.
Kelly Rowland said you ain't gonna cut me off Chris Brown needs his flowers pic.twitter.com/bCzAfzqIxx— Ahmed/The Ears 🇸🇴 (@big_business_) November 21, 2022
Many went to Twitter to express their outrage in more than just boos, with one user writing:
Chris Brown just won an #AMAs *and* Kelly Rowland shushed the audience so she could praise him and preach about how much she loves him? Whew! It might be time to turn this off.— Michael. (@yosoymichael) November 21, 2022
And another user said:
It's so sad to see all of these women artists who we respect so much putting their integrity into question for a man who abuses MULTIPLE women and who's colorist?? Does Kelly Rowland know he doesn't even like dark-skinned women???— Material Blerd! 🪄 (@Blerdybynature) November 21, 2022
It’s no surprise that Chris Brown has been in the fire of controversy for years now, starting in 2009 when he was found and pleaded guilty to abusing his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.
But it doesn’t stop there.
In 2021, Brown was accused of being a colorist by a woman who detailed in a TikTok video that she was denied entry to an event he was hosting because of his “no darkies” policy.
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This is just part of the steady allegations that have come up over the years concerning Brown’s preferences for women.
In his song “Need A Stack”, released in 2019, Brown says, “Only wanna f**k the black b–hes with the nice hair”.
Which was added to his long list of other questionable remarks and actions regarding women, and black women in particular.
It’s safe to say that Rowland may have lost a lot of respect that night, and regardless of whatever personal beliefs she has regarding Chris Brown, she did a phenomenal job at presenting the 2022 award.
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