Rowland’s announcement of Brown’s win elicited boos from several audience members at the Microsoft Theater, but the former Destiny’s Child singer was quick to shut them down.
“Chris Brown is not here tonight, so I’m accepting this award on his behalf,” Rowland began. Upon hearing the negative reactions, she replied, “Excuse me, chill out,” pointing a finger in the general area of the boos.
“I want to tell Chris, ‘Thank you so much for making great R&B music,'” Rowland said. “And I want to tell him, ‘Thank you for being an incredible performer.’ I’ll take this award and bring it you. I love you. Congratulations, and congratulations to every nominee in this category.”
Nominated against Brown in this category were Brent Faiyaz, Givēon, Lucky Daye and The Weeknd. Watch the contentious moment above.
Brown had planned a Michael Jackson tribute for this year’s AMAs, according to a post on Instagram, but he says the show decided to cancel it “for reasons unknown.” Click here to watch the routine.
Brown has been an extremely controversial public figure ever since he was charged with assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009. The incident occurred while the couple was on their way to the Grammys. Brown pled guilty to felony assault.
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