Chris Brown’s canceled Michael Jackson tribute with Ciara at the American Music Awards is sparking tons of controversy. Entertainment lawyer John Branca says ABC is trying to “cancel” Black music.
The American Music Awards (AMAs) were held this past Sunday, and all-around entertainer Chris Brown was set to give a tribute to the late Michael Jackson to celebrate the 40th anniversary of MJ’s classic album, Thriller. The “No Guidance” artist has been compared to the pop icon many times in the past.
Shortly before the show, Chris Brown’s performance was canceled, sparking controversy. Sunday’s show also had the lowest ratings the production has ever seen. Breezy then took to his Instagram story to share his thoughts on the matter.
In a video shared on Twitter, entertainment lawyer John Branca said the tribute was supposed to include singer Ciara and shared his disappointment with ABC, who aired the AMAs. Branca asks, “What’s wrong with ABC? How do you pull a performance with Chris Brown and Ciara?”
In addition, Branca also mentioned that the tribute would’ve been “epic” and felt that ABC was trying to “cancel Black music.”
“They should be ashamed of themselves. Maybe Disney should stick to cartoons. Perhaps they don’t belong in the music business.”
Despite the cancellation, Ciara posted a video of her and Chris practicing for the performance with a tribute to Michael Jackson.
Chris Brown was booed at the AMAs after winning “Best R&B Artist”. However, R&B singer Kelly Rowland, who presented the award, shut down the booing while also giving the “With You” artist his flowers for his impact on the R&B genre and his ability to rock the crowd on stage throughout his career.
Breezy’s canceled performance was set to pay tribute to Michael Jackson and the 40th anniversary of the iconic album, Thriller.
Other celebrities have defended Chris Brown on Twitter amid the cancellation.
Louisiana rapper Lil Boosie tells the Virginia native not to sweat the award show:
Entertainment blogger Jason Lee provided an exclusive insight confirming that Chris doesn’t let “cancel culture” kill his spirits. Jason also added that Chris seemed “mad happy and in great a space,” despite the unexpected cancellation.
Recently, Akon gave an interesting take on Chris Brown being compared to the iconic Michael Jackson. Apparently, the multi-talented artist and late musical legend are more similar than most people may think.
Additional reporting by Chris Samuel.
Kendall Parks is from Cincinnati Ohio. He’s into sports and an avid listener of throwback hip hop all the time. He’s really big on Black Politics.