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Kelly Rowland Tells Booing Fans To 'Chill Out' While Accepting American Music Award For Chris Brown

The Destiny's Child singer ignited a firestorm by shushing the crowd and praising Chris Brown after he won Favorite Male R&B Artist at the AMAs on Sunday.

Kelly Rowland
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Singer Kelly Rowland caused quite a Twitterstorm on Sunday when she told booing audience members to "chill out" as she accepted an award on behalf of Chris Brown at the American Music Awards.

When Rowland revealed Brown had won Favorite Male R&B Artist, the crowd audibly shared their disappointment in the result.

As Rowland began to accept the award for Brown, who was not in attendance, she paused:

"Excuse me. Chill out."

She then continued:

"I want to tell Chris thank you so much for making great R&B music."
"And I want to tell him thank you for being an incredible performer."
"I'll take this award, bring it to you."

She finished:

"I love you. Congratulations."

You can watch the speech below.

Chris Brown Wins Favorite Male R&B Artist | AMAs

Brown's presence in the industry has been controversial since 2009 when he pleaded guilty to assaulting then girlfriend Rihanna as part of a plea bargain.

He has since been accused of other cases of violence against women, stalking, and harassment. Several cases were plea bargained, reduced to fines or dismissed pending Brown's completion of rehab.

Though his career was initially impacted in 2009, Brown continued to successfully record new music.

Some on Twitter shared their disappointment in Rowland defending Brown.

However, others applauded Rowland for addressing the crowd and agreed Brown deserved his award.

Brown was set to perform a Michael Jackson tribute at the awards, but said in an Instagram post his appearance was canceled, possibly explaining his absence from the event.

The tribute was to be in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Jackson's Thriller album.