Jordin Sparks believes that Chris Brown’s performance at the American Music Awards should not have been canceled.
The Run It singer revealed over the weekend that his dance tribute to Michael Jackson had been canceled by AMA organizers for “reasons unknown.” At the ceremony, he won the Favorite Male R&B Artist award and Kelly Rowland, who accepted the award on his behalf, urged the audience to “chill” after they started booing.
Speaking to TMZ, his No Air collaborator Jordin stressed that “we love Chris” and that he “should have been on the show”.
When asked if people should put his past mistakes behind them, she replied, “Honestly, I don’t think that should even be a conversation anymore. It’s about his talent. They just shouldn’t have canceled the performance. So I think about it.”
She added: “People deserve to be able to grow and learn and live their lives without things hanging over them. Everyone deserves that – especially him.”
Chris remains a controversial figure in the music industry 13 years after he assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna before the 2009 Grammy Awards. He has also faced a number of other allegations from women over the years.
Jordyn’s comments echo a statement from Kelly – she told TMZ earlier this week that Chris deserves pardon and forgiveness.
“Before we point the finger at anyone, we should realize how thankful we are for every moment we get, even for our own things that we have. I just think it’s important to remember that we’re supposed to be human, we’re human,” Kelly said.
“We all need forgiveness. For everything we could do, everything we think, we all fall short in some way. And grace is real and we are human beings and everyone deserves grace, period.”