Jordan Sparks expressed support for Chris Brown following an uncomfortable moment at American Music Awards on November 20 where the singer Kelly Rowland silenced a booed crowd when she accepted the award for Favorite Male R&B Artist on behalf of Brown.
sparks said TMZ that she likes Brown and thought he should have been at the awards show on Sunday night. “People deserve to be able to grow and learn and be able to live their lives without anything weighing them down. Everyone deserves that… especially him,” the singer said.
Sparks, who collaborated with Brown on 2008’s “No Air” duet, also suggested the AMAs should have let the singer go ahead with his Michael Jackson tribute. Brown posted a clip from the rehearsals for the awards show on her Instagram with the caption “U SERIOUS?” and in the comments, he claimed the showcase was canceled “for unknown reasons.”
“Honestly, I think this shouldn’t even be a conversation anymore. It’s about his talent,” Sparks said of Brown’s controversial past, which includes the high-profile domestic violence incident involving his then-girlfriend Rihanna. “They just shouldn’t have canceled the performance. That’s how I feel about it.
On Monday, Rowland amplified his original statements to TMZ, saying “I believe grace is very real, and we all need a dose of it, and before we point fingers at anyone, we should realize how grateful we are for every moment we get.”
She added: ‘We all need to be forgiven for anything we might do – we all fail in one way or another. Grace is real, and we are human, and everyone deserves grace, period.
On the same day, a spokesperson for the production company released a statement via HEY explaining that the cancellation was simply due to creative direction.
“Live shows change all the time, that’s the nature of this business; unfortunately, this element of the AMAs did not come together as we could not match the performance, through no fault of Chris Brown,” the statement read, according to the publication.
Brown’s last TV performance was at the BET Awards in 2017. He has previously claimed he was blacklisted by the industry due to the Rihanna incident, although he faced d other legal issues since then. Brown didn’t directly comment on the incident after his original Instagram post, but did post a story with the caption “You can’t fight all your battles using the same weapons.”