Thursday, March 12, 2009

Brown Takes Himself Out of 'Kids' Awards

With all of the backlash picking up steam, Chris Brown has withdrawn his name from consideration for the upcoming 'Kids' Choice Awards.' Brown was nominated for two awards, and many were calling for Nickelodeon to take his name off of the ballot as a result of the two felony charges he's facing for allegedly beating his girlfriend Rihanna.
Aside from the Nickelodeon uproar, a TMZ report yesterday added new details as to what exactly may have sparked the violent incident between Brown and girlfriend Rihanna during Grammy weekend. TMZ reports that the text message Brown received that sparked the fight was from his 39-year-old manager, who he allegedly had a romantic relationship with when he was 16.

"Law enforcement tells us the text message to Brown talked about hooking up later -- and it totally pissed off Rihanna," TMZ reports.
On the Nickelodeon front, many protested Brown's nomination because the show's winners are chosen by online votes, which meant could have walked away with awards for favorite male singer and favorite song for 'Kiss Kiss.'

"Like all our KCA nominees, Chris Brown was nominated by kids several months ago based on his body of work as a performer, and the kids who vote will ultimately decide who wins in the category," Dan Martinsen, Nickelodeon spokesman, said. They refused to pull Brown off of the ballot.

Nick said it has gotten hundreds of calls protesting the nomination. An online petition asking Nickelodeon to remove Brown and Rihanna as nominees had 4,655 signatures Tuesday. Brown was nominated before the incident with Rihanna, and the honor had received little notice until the singer posted a note last week on his Facebook urging his fans to vote for him.
Nickelodeon drew up its list of award nominees from surveys its young viewers completed late last year, the network said. The nominees were announced on Feb. 6 -- two days before the Grammys.

The awards show is scheduled for March 28.

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