Kelly Rowland Doubles Down on Chris Brown Support: “Everybody Deserves Grace…”

Following the 2022 American Music Awards, Kelly Rowland was approached by TMZ and spoke about extending “forgiveness” to Chris Brown.

Kelly Rowland isn’t done with giving Chris Brown his flowers. After defending the “Under the Influence” singer from booing at the 2022 American Music Awards on Sunday (November 20), Rowland spoke with a TMZ reporter about extending “forgiveness” to Brown despite his history of domestic violence.

“I believe that grace is very real, and we all need a dose of it,” the former Destiny’s Child member told the reporter on Monday (November 21). “Before we point fingers at anybody, we should realize how grateful we are for every moment that we get, even for our own [problems] that we have. I just think it’s important to remember to be human. We are humans.”

Rowland added that “we all need to be forgiven for anything that we could be doing, anything that we’re thinking.”

She concluded, “We all come up short in some sort of way. And grace is real, and we’re all humans. And everybody deserves grace. Period.”

The comments weren’t a far cry from Rowland praising Brown as he won the AMA for Best Male R&B Artist on Sunday.

“Excuse me — chill out,” Rowland retorted to those protesting in the crowd and lifting her index finger. She continued, “But I wanted 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. I love you. Congratulations. And congratulations to all the nominees in this category.”

Noticeably absent from the awards ceremony, Brown was slated to perform an eight-minute set honoring the 40th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s 1982 landmark album Thriller. Fellow R&B singer was also scheduled to make a cameo during the set, with Brown other dancers paying tribute to “Beat It,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller.” After rounds of practice, the performance was cancelled last-minute by the AMAs.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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