Musician Kelly Rowland has been making headlines since Sunday for seemingly defending fellow singer and convicted felon Chris Brown at the American Music Awards. She has since reiterated her support for Brown.
On Monday, in response to a question about the audience booing Brown’s win for Favorite Male R&B Artist at the AMAs, Rowland told TMZ reporters that “we all need a dose of [grace].” She continued by adding that it’s important to “remember to be human” and be grateful for what we have, before pointing fingers at anybody.
“We all need to be forgiven for anything that we could be doing. We all come up short in some sort of way. And everybody deserves grace,” Rowland concluded.
At the awards ceremony, Rowland presented Brown with his award, but since he wasn’t there to receive it, the former Destiny’s Child member took that moment to thank him for his continuous contribution to today’s music landscape. Her initiative produced booing from the crowd, to which Rowland replied “Excuse me, chill out.”
Brown has numerous accolades and a ten-album discography to his name, the most recent of which, Breezy, came out in June. He’s been nominated for 20 Grammys, winning on one occasion in 2012 for his album F.A.M.E..
Despite his musical prowess, the 33 year-old musician is one of the most controversial public figures of the 21st Century. His most infamous offense happened 13 years ago, in 2009, when the singer brutally assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna. He was charged with five years of probation. Since then, he was involved in numerous other legal procedures, and scandals, involving physical violence, and even an alleged hit-and-run in 2013. He was also falsely accused of violence against women on two other occasions, but ultimately proved his innocence.
Like Rowland, Rihanna has been vocal about her forgiveness of Brown, saying “He has a fantastic heart,” back in 2013, when the two rekindled their relationship.