Chris Brown won the favorite male R&B artist trophy at American Music Awards (AMAs) on Sunday. However, it didn't go well with the audience as they started to boo when his name was announced.

Brown didn't attend the ceremony and on his behalf, the award was accepted by singer Kelly Rowland, who was also a presenter at the event.

"Chris Brown is not here tonight, so I'm accepting this award on his behalf," Rowland told the crowd who were booing. "Excuse me, chill out."

The 41-year-old singer went on to thank Chris for "making great R&B music" and being "an incredible performer." She added, "I'll take this award, bring it to you. I love you. Congratulations, and congratulations to all the nominees in this category."

Brown, 33, was booed at the event because of his abusive track record. Rihanna claimed in 2009 that she was allegedly choked by the singer inside a car. Aside from this, there was an investigation against Brown for allegedly drugging and raping a woman in 2020.

He was also accused of striking a woman in Los Angeles last year.

Brown's victory at AMAs came after his performance was canceled last minute. The singer shared a video of his rehearsal on Instagram ahead of the event, to show what fans would've got to see.

The singer, who gets compared to Michael Jackson often, can be seen giving a tribute to the King of Pop by performing the 1982 song "Thriller."

Brown captioned the video, "U SERIOUS?" and added a facepalm emoji with it.

Social media users also shared their reactions to the AMAs incident. One of the Twitter users questioned why the award was given to Brown and why was Rowland thanking him.

Another one tweeted, "Kelly Rowland defending Chris brown with her whole chest. Yikes."

The Weeknd, Lucky Daye, GIVĒON and Brent Faiyaz were also nominated in AMAs' favorite make R&B artist category.

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Chris Brown now plans to sue the woman who accused him of rape for defamation. This is a picture of the singer performing at a Event in Los Angeles, Oct. 20, 2018. Kevin Winter/Getty Images