AceShowbiz - Jordin Sparks is another celebrity who showed support for Chris Brown. The singer said her "No Air" collaborator deserves his win at the 2022 American Music Awards despite his abusive behavior in the past.
"We love Chris. He should have been there," the 32-year-old told TMZ on Tuesday, November 22. "People deserve to be able to grow and learn and be able to live their life without things hanging over them. Everybody deserves that … him especially."
Sparks additionally noted that the AMAs should have let Brown perform his planned tribute to Michael Jackson. "Honestly, I think that shouldn't even be a conversation anymore. It's about his talent," she opined. "They just shouldn't have canceled the performance. That's how I feel about it."
Sparks joined Kelly Rowland in coming to Brown's defense. The former Destiny's Child member previously told TMZ, "I believe that grace is very real, and we all need a dose of it. And before we point fingers at anybody, we should realize how grateful we are for every moment that we get, for even our own things that we have... I just think it's important to remember to be human."
"We all need to be forgiven for anything that we could be doing, anything that we're thinking," she added. "We all come up short in some sort of way, and grace is real, and we are humans and everybody deserves grace, period."
Brown has a long history of legal trouble. The "No Guidance" crooner pleaded guilty to felony assault for attacking then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. His on-and-off girlfriend model Karrueche Tran got a permanent restraining order against him in 2017. Additionally, he was sued for $20 million for allegedly drugging and raping a woman this year.
Brown was supposed to perform at the AMAs before he revealed that his performance was canceled abruptly. It was reported that the higher-ups at ABC and Disney were against the "prospect of a convicted domestic abuser feting an alleged child molester" on a Disney network.