Chris Brown won’t be performing at the American Music Awards in 2022. (AMAs). The singer at the top of the charts posted a clip from his rehearsals for what was supposed to be his AMAs performance. TMZ said that Brown’s show was supposed to be a tribute to the late “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson.
In the 7-minute clip, Brown can be seen practising a choreographed dance routine with professional dancers to his latest single, “Under The Influence.” Suddenly, the music changes to a medley of Jackson hits, including “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Wanna Be Starting Something,” and “Thriller.”
The singer later replied to his post, telling fans that his performance at the American Music Awards had been cancelled for “unknown reasons.” “Would Have been the ama performance, but they cancelled me for unknown reasons,” he said in the comments.
Several angry Chris Brown fans commented on his post, saying that it was “their loss” and that Brown’s performance would have been “the performance of the year.” “Punch them in the face,” wrote another fan. “CB would be the ONLY reason I would watch the AMAs. The rest of the time, it’s usually boring and unoriginal trash.”
Producer Jermaine Dupree also talked about the cancellation on Instagram. He wrote, “If the American Music Awards cancelled Chris Brown’s performance, that means they cancelled the 40th anniversary of “Thriller,” which means they cancelled the Michael Jackson tribute.” Black music gets us in trouble.”
It’s likely that Brown’s show was a tribute to Jackson on the 40th anniversary of his sixth studio album, Thriller, which went on to become his best-selling album of all time. Brown has paid tribute to Jackson many times before, including at concerts, special events, and the BET Awards in 2010, just one year after Jackson’s death.
TMZ said that they asked the AMAs about Brown’s claim that the show was cancelled, but they haven’t replied yet. Also, no one from the ABC network has said anything about why the tribute was supposedly cancelled.
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