Chris Brown was booed at the American Music Awards, but Jordin Sparks has joined Kelly Rowland in defending him. Sparks worked with Brown on the 2008 duet “No Air.” On Tuesday (November 22).
she told TMZ that she “loves” Chris and that she thought “he should have been” at the awards ceremony, which was held earlier this month at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre.
“People deserve to be free to grow and develop and live their lives without things hanging over them,” Sparks said. “Everyone deserves that, even him.” Sparks also talked about how Brown’s performance at the AMAs, where he was supposed to pay tribute to Michael Jackson, had to be moved.
Brown won the AMA for Favorite Male R&B Artist a few days before the tribute, but the singer said on Instagram that it had been canceled “for unknown reasons.”
Sparks said of the concert that was canceled, “They just shouldn’t have done it.” “That’s the way I see it.” The singer then talked about Brown’s past controversies, including his highly publicized case of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend Rhianna. “Honestly, I don’t think that should even be a debate anymore,” she said. It’s all because of his skill.”
In the past few years, Brown has been in a lot of legal trouble. In addition to the domestic violence case from 2009, he could go to jail for having a pet monkey and his staff is being sued over an alleged dog attack.
Last year, Brown was allegedly being investigated by the police for hitting a woman. The charges were eventually dropped because there was “not enough evidence.”
Sparks’s defense comes just days after Rowland’s. Rowland, who accepted Brown’s AMA on his behalf, said, “Excuse me. “Take it easy.” when the audience booed. Rowland defended the singer again this week, telling TMZ, “Before we point fingers at anyone, we should realize how lucky we are for every second we get… Grace is due to everyone, without exception.”
Sparks is the most recent musician to defend their relationship with the singer who has been in the news for bad reasons. Joey Bada$$ explained in July of this year why he worked with Brown on the 2022 song “Welcome Back” by saying that “people make mistakes.” In 2019, Justin Beiber wrote on Instagram that Brown’s talent is “overlooked… because of a mistake he made.”
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