Kelly Rowland was not here for the way the AMAs crowd reacted to Chris Brown’s win. Rowland raised a stern finger and said, “Excuse me, chill out” (via Deadline). Turning to the camera, Rowland continued, “But I want to tell Chris, thank you so much for making great R&B music. And I wanna tell him, thank you for being an incredible performer. I’ll take this award, bring it to you. I love you, congratulations.” Immediately, viewers took to Twitter to express their opinions, and it seems that Rowland’s stance has caused a great divide.
Journalist Miranda J. wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “Kelly Rowland’s message to Chris Brown was EVERYTHING!” One of Brown’s supporters exclaimed, “Kelly Rowland said PUT SOME RESPECT ON Chris Brown’s name! #AMAs.” Meanwhile, another fan wrote, “Thank you Kelly Rowland for that genuine love you just showed Chris Brown for winning.”
Of course, not everyone agreed with Rowland’s support of Brown. “Ok @KELLYROWLAND don’t forget @chrisbrown beat @rihanna. Calm down on glorifying,” tweeted one user who referenced Brown’s past abusive relationship with Rihanna. One fan spoke out against both Brown and Rowland, tweeting “What the f*** is Chris brown doing still winning awards and why is Kelly Rowland up there thanking his a** wtf truly.” And finally (though this is the very tip of the iceberg), one user’s tweet hit Rowland below the belt: “This is why we like Beyoncé better.”
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