Chris Brown’s AMA Tribute to Michael Jackson Pulled Last Minute for “Reasons Unknown”

Viewers will note there is one less performer on the performance roster than expected as the American Music Awards get ready to air live on ABC tonight. According to The New York Post, the AMAs decided at the last minute to scrap Chris Brown’s homage to Michael Jackson. Neither Brown nor his most ardent fans are happy with this decision. Brown vented his frustration on Instagram early on Saturday morning.

ARE U SERIOUS? The singer of “No Guidance” captioned a seven-minute video clip of his AMA performance practice. Brown continued in the comments, “WOULDVE been the ama performance but they canceled me for reasons unknown.

In the rehearsal video, Brown starts the performance while still seated as he works on the choreography for his most recent single, “Under The Influence.” Soon after, the music stops, and the energy soars as Brown and other dancers show off new skills to “Beat It,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin,” and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.

With thousands of fans agreeing that Chris Brown is the best choice for a Michael Jackson tribute, this month marks the 40th anniversary of the “Thriller” album. Many fans were shocked to learn of the cancellation and are equally perplexed by the decision to cancel the performance the day before the AMAs are scheduled to air.


Another wrote, “Jokes on them.” “If CB performed, that is the ONLY reason I would watch the AMAs. Other than that, it’s typically unoriginal, generic trash.

The memorial was cancelled, but ABC network representatives have not yet commented on the reason why, giving rise to online rumors. The network’s decision to sever ties with Brown following the epic brawl between the singer and his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 may be the easy target here. Many of Brown’s endorsements were revoked after images of Rihanna with significant facial injuries that were allegedly caused by him surfaced, and several of his forthcoming gigs were subsequently postponed. Many others are questioning why Brown was scheduled for the AMAs in the first place if this was the reason they decided to cancel his performance.

Others surmise that this has less to do with Brown personally and more to do with Michael Jackson’s somewhat tarnished legacy. Aaron Carter, a young actor who unfortunately passed away earlier this month, was planning to release a memoir this year. After Jackson passed away, the memoir’s publication was put on hold, but a “unauthorized” copy of the book recounts Carter’s visit to Jackson’s house. According to Carter in the novel, he awoke to discover Jackson in his underwear at the foot of his bed.

Other celebrities are starting to question whether Brown is merely caught in the crossfire of something bigger as well.Mega-producer Jermaine Dupree also shared his opinions on Instagram in response to the news of the cancelled concert.

“If the American Music Awards postponed Chris Brown’s performance, it follows that they also postponed the celebration of “Thriller’s” 40th anniversary, which implied that they also postponed the Michael Jackson tribute. Black music is in difficulty.

The video was published by Chris Brown’s mother on her own account with the caption:

“Thoughts? What does that imply? Who or what were they genuinely attempting to stop?

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