Chris Brown expresses anger over cancellation of planned AMA tribute for Michael Jackson
Chris Brown vented his ire about the American Music Awards scrapping his planned Michael Jackson tribute. Thriller, Michael Jackson’s legendary record, was released 40 years ago in November.
The American Music Awards cancelled Brown’s planned performance in honor the King of Pop a few days before the ceremony without providing a reason, and his 124 million Instagram followers are furious.
Brown wrote on Instagram that it would have been the AMA performance, but they cancelled him for reasons “unknown”. According to rumors, Brown would have opened the Tribute with “Under the Influence,” one of his own songs. But after that, he would have transitioned into a Jackson tribute. Chris Brown was rumored to have imitated several of the well-known dance sequences that Michael Jackson turned into classics, including those from “Wanna Be Starting’ Somethin’ “Beat It,” Billie Jean,” and also the renowned album’s lead song Thriller.
Although Brown was not present at the award ceremony, Kelly Rowland, a former member of Destiny’s Child, acknowledged him by accepting an award on his behalf.
The American Music Awards producer, Dick Clark Productions, said in a statement to Puck News that live performances change all the time; it’s the nature of this business. Unfortunately, this aspect of the AMAs didn’t work out because, through no fault of Chris Brown, we couldn’t agree on the performance.
“U SERIOUS?” Brown, fashioned in a green silky get-up, captioned his rehearsal clip, along with the face-palm emoji. “WOULDVE been the ama performance but they cancelled me for reasons unknown,” the 33-year-old artist continued in the comments.
Fans were quick to take the singer’s side in the Instagram comments, with people saying it was “sick” he got canceled and expressing sympathy.
“You were so excited!” wrote Taylor Terry, who has toured with Brown. “The whole team on and off the floor was excited!!! Never left a rehearsal without having chills!”
“The fact that they cancelled and you STILL showed us this AMAZING a** performance just shows what a great artist you are,” another user agreed. “This was GOLD.”
“THIS LITERALLY WOULD’VE BEEN THE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR,” someone else wrote.
- How had Chris Brown planned to open the Tribute?
According to rumours, Brown would have opened the Tribute with “Under the Influence,” one of his own songs. But after that, he would have transitioned into a Jackson tribute.
- Who cancelled Chris Brown’s performance?
The American Music Awards cancelled Brown’s planned performance to honor the King of Pop a few days before it was planned.