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'This is why we prefer Beyonce': Kelly Rowland slammed for fawning over abuser Chris Brown at AMAs

Kelly Rowland asked the live audience to 'chill out' after Chris Brown's win was met with a chorus of boos
Kelly Rowland told the American Music Awards audience to 'chill' over Chris Brown’s win (Chris Brown/Instagram and Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Kelly Rowland told the American Music Awards audience to 'chill' over Chris Brown’s win (Chris Brown/Instagram and Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Kelly Rowland has been called out on social media after she praised Chris Brown while presenting the AMAs on Sunday, November 20. After Brown's Michael Jackson tribute performance was canceled, he criticized the American Music Awards in a social media post. However, Chris Brown won Favorite R&B Artist of 2022 at the AMAs. During the live broadcast on ABC, Kelly Rowland took the stage to announce the nominees for Favorite Male R&B Artist. The artists who were up for the trophy were Brent Faiyaz, Given, Lucky Daye, The Weeknd, and Brown.

The live audience booed when Brown won, although Rowland was quick to shut them up by asking them to "chill out." However, things didn't quite end there as angry netizens took it upon themselves to slam the former Destiny's Child member for supporting "an abuser" and made sure to highlight how they prefer Beyonce over Rowland. Other fans went on to call her "desperate" and "yuck" for her behavior. 


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After Rowland announced Brown as the winner, boos from the crowd were audible and the camera panned out to show the whole theatre. Rowland looked surprised at the audience’s reaction as she tried to continue with her presenting duties.


“Now Chris Brown is not here tonight so I’m accepting this award on his behalf,” she said before addressing the audience saying, “Excuse me… chill out.” Rowland then 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 - bring it to you. I love you. Congratulations. And congratulations to all the nominees in this category.”

Social media wasn't too pleased with Rowland's apparent support of Chris Brown. A fan said, "She’s over, bye gurl, bye felicia," while another added, "She’s so desperate." A fan wrote, "This is why we like Beyoncé better." A fan shared, "This is why her solo career never took off," while another added, "Wait. What’s Kelley doing there? I thought Beyoncé told her to wait in the car?!?"






Regardless, neither Rowland nor Brown has addressed the controversy yet. Eight years ago, Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna in a Lamborghini the night prior to the Grammys. The picture of the latter with a busted lip, a black eye, and bruising on her face caused widespread outrage on social media. Eventually, they broke up. 

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