Update: AMAs Production Company Addresses Chris Brown’s Canceled Michael Jackson Tribute: Live Shows Change All The Time


Chris Brown

Update: AMAs Production Company Addresses Chris Brown’s Canceled Michael Jackson Tribute: Live Shows Change All The Time

Update: (Nov. 21, 2022): Seems like we’re getting an answer as to why Chris Brown was booted from this year’s AMAs performers.

Dick Clark Productions — the production company for the AMAs — has released a statement addressing why Brown was pulled from the ceremony. A DCP spokesperson said,

“Live shows change all the time, it’s the nature of this business; unfortunately, this element of the AMAs didn’t come together as we couldn’t align on the performance, to no fault of Chris Brown.”


Original Story: (Nov. 20, 2022): It looks like Chris Brown’s plans for tonight were unexpectedly canceled.

The 50th Annual American Music Awards will be held tonight (Nov. 20) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. This year’s ceremony is expected to give fans musical performances from many of their favs, including; Stevie Wonder, Ari Lennox, GloRilla, and Lil Baby. Reportedly, Chris Brown was also on the list of stars ready to sing their hearts out, but it seems that’s no longer the case. Yesterday (Nov. 19) The “Under The Influence” artist revealed that the AMAs axed his performance with little notice.

Chris Brown shared a video online of the Michael Jackson tribute he was prepared to give during the award show. According to reports, the initial caption on the video read,


He followed up in a later comment, writing,

“WOULDVE been the ama performance but they cancelled me for reasons unknown.”

It’s unclear why the AMAs pulled Brown from the lineup of performers. However, some speculate it’s because of his controversial past. As you may already know, In 2009, Brown made headlines for physically abusing his then-girlfriend Rihanna to the point that she had to be hospitalized.

Chris Brown, Rihanna

Other reports claim the performance was canceled due to concerns attached to Michael Jackson. The 2019 HBO docuseries “Leaving Neverland” seemingly re-sparked allegations that the late entertainer molested children.

Whatever the reason for tabling Brown’s tribute, It didn’t take long for many people, celebrities included, to speak out on his behalf. In a video shared to his Ig page, Jermaine Dupri said,

“If the AMAs canceled the Chris Brown performance then that means they canceled the 40th anniversary of ‘Thriller.’ Which means they canceled the Michael Jackson tribute. Black music, we in trouble.”

Others said,

The AMAs haven’t responded to Brown’s cancelation claim.

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Authored by: Twila-Amoure McDaniel