The “Forever” singer, 33, beat out Brent Faiyaz, Giveon, Lucky Daye and The Weeknd to win favorite male R&B artist Sunday night, but was not present to accept his award.
When Brown was announced as the winner of the category by Rowland, audible boos could be heard from the crowd amid cheers. The musician has a long history of legal trouble, including multiple arrests for assault and accusations of rape, which he has denied.
As Rowland, 41, said she would accept the award on Brown’s behalf, she made a point to hold a finger up to the booing crowd, saying, “Excuse me. Chill out.”
“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,” the Destiny’s Childalum said. “I’ll take this award, bring it to you. I love you. Congratulations.”
The win came one day after Brown shared a lengthy video on Instagram that featured him rehearsing for a performance largely set to music by Michael Jackson.
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