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Chris Brown claims AMAs pulled his Michael Jackson tribute last minute for 'reasons unknown'

Chris Brown took to his Instagram and shared rehearsal footage of his tribute to Michael Jackson in celebration of the 40th anniversary of iconic album 'Thriller'
Chris Brown's tribute performance to Michael Jackson was reportedly canceled by the AMAs last minute (Amy Sussman, Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Chris Brown's tribute performance to Michael Jackson was reportedly canceled by the AMAs last minute (Amy Sussman, Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Chris Brown continues to make headlines, either for controversies or for his music. The King of R&B (and controversy) aka Brown was apparently ready to pay tribute to his childhood idol and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Brown's recent music releases have been the most listened-to albums of 2022, and with the official release of 'Under the Influence,' Brown has the most Billboard Hot 100 entries of any male singer in history as well as the most top 40 hits of any R&B singer in history.

However, the AMAs decided at the last minute to cancel Chris Brown's Michael Jackson tribute, and neither Brown nor his most loyal supporters are happy about it. The 'Look at Me Now' rapper vented his grievances on Instagram on Saturday, posting a 7-minute rehearsal clip that shows his crew of dancers practicing some serious moves. According to reports, the organizers of AMA have yet to publicly comment on the issue, though they have received a wave of criticism online.


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 According to The New York Post, the AMAs made the last-minute decision to cancel Chris Brown’s Michael Jackson tribute after which he took it to social media. “U SERIOUS?” The 'No Guidance' singer captioned a seven-minute reel of his AMA performance rehearsal. "It would've been the ama performance but they canceled me for reasons unknown,” Brown continued in the comments.


In the rehearsal clip, Brown begins the performance seated as he and dancers grind through choreography for his latest booming hit single, 'Under The Influence.' The music breaks soon after and the energy heightens as Brown and other dancers break out new moves to Michael Jackson’s 'Beat It,' 'Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,' and 'Thriller.' This month marks the 40th anniversary of the 'Thriller' album, and with thousands of fans in agreement that Chris Brown is the best pick for a Michael Jackson tribute, many are stunned to learn of the cancellation and are equally puzzled by the decision to pull the performance the day before the AMAs are set to air.

However, in 2009, while MJ was preparing for a series of comeback concerts, 'This is It,' Jackson died from an overdose of propofol administered by his personal physician, Conrad Murray, who was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter. His death triggered reactions around the world, creating unprecedented surges of Internet traffic and a spike in sales of his music. Furthermore, Chris Brown won Favorite Male R&B Artist at the AMAs.