On Monday (Nov. 21) in an official statement to ET, a spokesperson from the production company explained that the tribute was canceled because of creative direction.
"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," the statement read, according to the outlet.
In case you missed it, ahead of the award show, Brown headed to his Instagram to announce that he was no longer performing.
"U SERIOUS? 🤦♂️," the entertainer captioned the post. "WOULDVE been the ama performance but they cancelled me for reasons unknown. 🤷🏽♂️."
Ciara, who also was going to be a part of the MJ tribute, shared a video that showed her and Brown.
“MJ thank you for the inspiration you’ve given us all! Thriller 40th Anniversary. @ChrisBrownOfficial you’re a rare breed of this generation. Always fun to rock with you 💃🏽”
The AMAs aired with no tribute to Michael Jackson but Brown went on to win the award for Male R&B Artist.
Singer and actress Kelly Rowland who presented and accepted the award on his behalf shut down the crowd who responded with boos to his win.
"Chris Brown is not here tonight, so I'm accepting this award on his behalf," Rowland began before quieting the crowd. "Excuse me, chill out."
She continued, "But 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. I'll take this award, bring it to you. I love you. Congratulations, and congratulations to all the nominees in this category."