Kelly Rowland, who accepted the Favorite Male R&B Artist award for Chris Brown at the 2022 AMAs, at the microphone

Singer and actor Kelly Rowland took the stage at the 2022 American Music Awards to present the award for Favorite Male R&B Artist. When she announced controversial performer Chris Brown as the winner, the award show audience reacted with shock and many in the crowd began to boo the decision. Rowland, in turn, stepped in to stand up for Brown.

Kelly Rowland, who accepted the Favorite Male R&B Artist award for Chris Brown at the 2022 AMAs, at the microphone
Kelly Rowland | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for dcp

Chris Brown won Favorite Male R&B Artist at the 2022 AMAs

Prior to the 2022 American Music Awards, Chris Brown (along with singer Ciara) had been tapped to perform a special tribute to Michael Jackson during the show. Over the years, some have drawn comparisons between the two artists for their dance and vocal abilities. However, the AMAs scrapped the performance at the last minute.

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