January 28, 2023

Chris Brown claims he was supposed to perform a Michael Jackson tribute at the AMAs ‘but got canceled for unknown reasons’



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Chris Brown has claimed he was supposed to perform a Michael Jackson tribute at this weekend’s American Music Awards, only to have it scrapped at the last minute.

The 33-year-old singer, famous for hitting Rihanna when they were dating, claimed he was given no reason for the decision.

He fired up his Instagram and posted a long stretch of rehearsal footage in which he could be seen channeling some distinctly Michael Jackson-esque moves.

Backdrop: In recent years, Michael's legacy has been overshadowed by new allegations that he abused children.

Allegations: Chris Brown has claimed he was supposed to perform a Michael Jackson tribute at this weekend’s American Music Awards, only to have it scrapped at the last minute.

“It would have been ama’s performance, but I got canceled for unknown reasons,” he raged in the comments. Her caption was simply: ‘REALLY?’

The images she posted showed a group of back-up dancers twirling around her as they made their way through her grueling choreography.

They were performing a fun medley that included Michael’s hits Beat It, Billie Jean, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, and Thriller.

All four songs were from Michael’s legendary 1982 album Thriller, which will arrive on the 40th anniversary of its release this month.

Hard at work: He fired up his Instagram and posted a long stretch of rehearsal footage in which he could be seen channeling some signature Michael Jackson moves.

Hard at work: He fired up his Instagram and posted a long stretch of rehearsal footage in which he could be seen channeling some signature Michael Jackson moves.

'REALLY?': 'It would have been ama's performance, but I got canceled for unknown reasons,' he raged in the comments.

‘REALLY?’: ‘It would have been ama’s performance, but I got canceled for unknown reasons,’ he raged in the comments.

Making it happen: The images she posted showed a group of back-up dancers spinning around her as they worked their way through her grueling choreography.

Making it happen: The images she posted showed a group of back-up dancers spinning around her as they worked their way through her grueling choreography.

However, in recent years, Michael’s legacy has been overshadowed by new allegations that he abused children, particularly after two accusers starred in the 2019 HBO docuseries Leaving Neverland on the subject.

In 2009, four years after rising to fame, Chris notoriously beat up his then-girlfriend Rihanna to the point that she had to be hospitalized.

That year, Michael died at the age of 50 of cardiac arrest suffered after being given propofol as a sleep aid.

A year later, Chris starred in a tribute to Michael Jackson at the BET Awards, where he was also nominated for Best R&B/Pop Male Artist.

Details: They were performing a fun medley that included Michael's hits Beat It, Billie Jean, Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' and Thriller.

Details: They were performing a fun medley that included Michael’s hits Beat It, Billie Jean, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ and Thriller.

Reason for tribute?: All four songs were from Michael's legendary 1982 album Thriller, due out on the 40th anniversary of its release this month.

Reason for tribute?: All four songs were from Michael’s legendary 1982 album Thriller, due out on the 40th anniversary of its release this month.

In the dark: Chris, who is infamous for hitting Rihanna when they were dating, claimed he was given no reason for the decision to cancel their performance

In the dark: Chris, who is infamous for hitting Rihanna when they were dating, claimed he was given no reason for the decision to cancel their performance

Rihanna shocked the public when she briefly got back together with Chris, a decision she explained years later by telling him vanity fair: ‘I was that girl.’

She described herself as a “girl who felt that as painful as this relationship is, maybe some people are stronger than others.” Maybe I’m one of those people built to handle shit like this.

Meanwhile, Chris dated model and actress Karrueche Tran, who filed a domestic violence restraining order against him in 2017.

Chris, whom Karrueche accused of threatening and physically abusing her, was temporarily barred by the order from coming within 100 yards of her.

Gone: Michael died in 2009 at the age of 50 of a cardiac arrest suffered after he was administered propofol as a sleep aid.

Gone: Michael died in 2009 at the age of 50 of a cardiac arrest suffered after he was administered propofol as a sleep aid.

That's how they were: In 2009, Chris notoriously beat his then-girlfriend Rihanna to the point that she had to be hospitalized; they are photographed together that year

That’s how they were: In 2009, Chris notoriously beat his then-girlfriend Rihanna to the point that she had to be hospitalized; they are photographed together that year

Flashback: Chris dated model and actress Karrueche Tran, who filed a domestic violence restraining order against him in 2017; they are pictured together in 2014

Flashback: Chris dated model and actress Karrueche Tran, who filed a domestic violence restraining order against him in 2017; they are pictured together in 2014

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