Chris Brown Withdraws Name from Kids' Choice Awards
Chris Brown, last year's Kids' Choice Award winner for male singer, has withdrawn his name from this year's ballot, a rep for the star confirmed to TVGuide.com.
"Chris very much appreciates the support of his fans and the honor they have paid him in the way of nominations for Favorite Male Singer and Favorite Song," his rep said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding the incident last month has shifted the focus from the music to whether he should be allowed to be among those nominated. While Chris would like to speak to his fans directly about this and other issues, pending legal proceedings preclude his doing so at this time. Once the matter before him has been resolved, he intends to do so."
Brown, who's been charged with two felonies in a domestic violence case involving girlfriend Rihanna, was nominated for Favorite Male Singer and Favorite Song. Despite online protests calling for Nickelodeon to remove Brown and Rihanna, the children's network said it had no plans to do so.
More than 80 percent of TVGuide.com voters said the network should remove Brown from the ballot. Rihanna is still nominated at the KCAs for female singer and Favorite Song.
The two have reportedly recorded a duet together after reuniting at Sean "Diddy" Combs' Miami home two weeks ago. Diddy defended his decision to host his "friends" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
"I know both of them and it's my house. I'm allowed to give my house to whoever I want to," Diddy said of the Star Island mansion. "I'm the type of person that I don't cast a stone or cast a judgment on anybody. ... There's a lot of stones being thrown and we don't know exactly what's going on. These are two young individuals. We need to pray for them and we need to give certain support."
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Brown's next scheduled public appearance is his April 6 arraignment.
Get more details on the TV Guide Network's Hollywood 411 Wednesday at 9 pm and midnight/ET.