The Kora Awards, otherwise known as “Africa’s Grammys,” have ahd to be postponed because Chris Brown missed his flight.
The US singer is headlining the event.
The awards extravaganza was to have been held Saturday in the Ivory Coast’s economic capital Abidjan, but will now take place on Sunday.
On Saturday, the event’s communication director, Konnie Toure, toldAgence France-Presse (AFP) that, “[Brown] will not arrive until Sunday at 5:00 am (0500 GMT).”
However, Toure insisted Brown would be in time to perform at the concert, which is being held at Abidjan’s main sports stadium for “Peace in Africa” on Sunday when Brown is set to appear, said the Bangkok Post.
Considered the cultural hub of West Africa, Abidjan is the third-largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris and Kinshasa.
Past Kora Awards events have drawn appearances by Nelson Mandela and the late “King of Pop” Michael Jackson.
There has been some criticism over ticket prices: one million francs (1,500 euros, $2,000) for those who book a seat in the luxury hotel, or 50,000 francs (75 euros, $100) for seats outside, said the AFP.
Far beyond the price range of most people in the region, it seems the awards offer entertainment for the elite.
Brown and Rihanna, widely thought to have resumed their relationship, attended a Lakers game together in Los Angeles on Christmas Day.
Seated courtside at the Staples Center, a source told Us Weekly that the couple were “laughing and chatting” and “looked happy together.”
Perhaps Brown couldn’t bear to drag himself away.