The American Music Award Production Company broke its silence on Chris Brown’s performance on November 20, 2022.
A DCP spokeswoman told Entertainment Tonight on November 21, 2022, that the tribute was cancelled due to artistic direction, not Brown’s fault.
“Live performances change all the time; it’s the nature of our business; sadly, this portion of the AMAs didn’t come together, to no fault of Chris Brown,” the statement stated.
Brown shared a practise video to Instagram on November 19, 2022, showing him doing a long routine as a tribute to Michael Jackson. Brown said on Instagram that his set was cancelled for “unknown reasons.”
Ciara uploaded a video of herself in the same practise area as Brown doing Thriller choreography on Monday, implying she will also perform at the memorial.
“MJ We appreciate your motivation. Anniversary thriller. @ChrisBrownOfficial, you’re unique. “It’s always a joy to rock with you,” he wrote.
Sunday’s celebration continued without the MJ tribute, and Chris Brown didn’t attend. Despite not attending, he won “Favourite Male R&B Artist” over Brent Faiyaz, Giveon, Lucky Daye, and The Weeknd.
The award show booed Brown’s win. Kelly Rowland, who announced the winner, took the trophy for him and quieted the audience.
“Chris Brown isn’t here tonight, so I’m accepting this award for him,” Rowland remarked amid boos and confusing chants.
She said, “Please relax.” I want to congratulate Chris for his wonderful song and incredible performance. I’ll deliver you this award; I adore you! Congratulations to everyone who was nominated.” Audience shouts continued.