Jordin Sparks showed her support for Chris Brown after a moving moment at the American Music Awards on November 20 in which singer Kelly Rowland silenced a large crowd when she accepted the award for Best Male R&B Artist on behalf of Brown.
Sparks told TMZ that he loves Brown and thinks he should be at Sunday night’s awards ceremony: “People deserve to be able to grow and learn and be able to live their lives without things falling on top of them. Everyone deserves that. especially,” the singer said.
Sparks, who collaborated with Brown on the 2008 duet “No Air,” also suggested that the AMAs should have allowed the singer to go ahead with her Michael Jackson tribute performance. Brown posted a clip of the awards rehearsals on her Instagram with the caption “U SERIOUS?” and in the comments, he claimed that the show was canceled “for unknown reasons”.
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“Honestly, I think it shouldn’t be a conversation anymore. It’s about his talent,” Sparks said of Brown’s controversial past, including the highly publicized domestic violence incident with girlfriend Rihanna. “They shouldn’t have canceled the performance. That’s how I feel about it.”
On Monday, Rowland expanded on his original comments to TMZ, saying “I think grace is very real, and we all need a dose of it, and before we point fingers at anybody, we should understand how We are grateful for every moment we have.”
He also said: “We must all be forgiven for whatever we can do, we all fall short in some way. Grace is real, and we are human, and everyone deserves grace, period. “
The same day, a spokesperson for the production company released a statement via ET explaining that the cancellation was due to creative direction only.
“Live shows change all the time, it’s the nature of this business, unfortunately this aspect of the AMAs didn’t happen because we couldn’t get to the performance, no fault of Chris Brown,” said the statement. the publication. .
Brown’s last televised performance was at the BET Awards in 2017. He previously claimed to have been blacklisted by the industry due to the incident with Rihanna, although he has since faced further legal trouble. Brown did not directly comment on the incident after his original Instagram post, but posted a story with the caption “You can’t fight all your battles using the same weapons.”