Kelly Rowland slams AMAs audience for booing Chris Brown as he wins award

Kelly Rowland slams AMAs audience for booing Chris Brown as he wins award


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Kelly Rowland came to Chris Brown’s defence after he was booed at the American Music Awards. 

Loyal singer Chris won favourite male R&B artist at the awards ceremony on Sunday, but was not in attendance to accept the gong. 

Instead, former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly was on-hand to accept the award on behalf of her friend and she didn’t suffer any haters. 

After Chris’ name was announced as the winner, Kelly began to praise the R&B star’s achievements in music but heard some audience members booing. 

Stopping her speech midway and holding a finger to the crowd, the Motivation singer, 41, fired back: ‘Excuse me. Chill out.’ 

She then continued: ‘I want 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.’ 

Chris, 33, fended off competition from the likes of The Weeknd, Giveon, Lucky Daye and Brent Faiyaz, who were also nominated in the category. 

The Under The Influence singer was reportedly due to perform a Michael Jackson tribute at the awards show but claimed his segment was cut from the ceremony. 

In an Instagram post the day before the awards, Chris shared a lengthy video of him rehearsing the performance, which saw him and his dancers delivering choreography to Jackson’s hits such as Thriller, Billie Jean and Beat It. 

He wrote in the caption: ‘WOULDVE been the ama performance but they canceled me for reasons unknown.’ 

Chris has been a divisive figure for more than a decade after a spate of controversies, including an assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna and a series of run-ins with the law. 

It was only this year that Chris performed on-stage in London for the first time since 2009, with him headlining a set at Wireless Festival in July.

AMAs 2022 full winners list

Artist of the year

Taylor Swift

New artist of the year

Dove Cameron

Collaboration of the year

Elton John and Dua Lipa – Cold Heart – PNAU Remix

Favourite touring artist


Favourite music video

Taylor Swift – All Too Well (Taylor’s Version) 

Favourite male pop artist

Harry Styles

Favourite female pop artist

Taylor Swift

Favourite pop duo or group


Favourite pop album

Taylor Swift Red (Taylor’s Version)

Favourite pop song

Harry Styles As It Was 

Favourite male country artist

Morgan Wallen

Favourite female country artist

Taylor Swift

Favourite country duo or group

Dan + Shay

Favourite country album

Taylor Swift –  Red (Taylor’s Version)

Favourite country song

Morgan Wallen – Wasted on You 

Favourite male hip-hop artist

Kendrick Lamar

Favourite female hip-hop artist

Nicki Minaj

Favourite hip-hop album

Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers

Favourite hip-hop song

Future ft. Drake and Tems – WAIT FOR U 

Favourite male R’n’B artist

Chris Brown

Favourite female R’n’B artist


Favourite R’n’B album

Beyoncé – Renaissance 

Favourite R’n’B song 

Wizkid ft. Tems – Essence 

Favourite male latin artist

Bad Bunny

Favourite female Latin artist


Favourite Latin duo or group

Yahritza Y Su Esencia

Favourite Latin album

Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti

Favourite Latin song

Sebastián Yatra –  Dos Oruguitas

Favourite rock artist

Machine Gun Kelly

Favourite rock song

Måneskin – Beggin

Favourite rock album

Ghost – Impera

Favourite international artist


Favourite gospel artist

Tamela Mann

Favourite dance/electronic artist


Favourite Soundtrack 


Favourite Afrobeats artist


Favourite K-Pop artist


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