Chris Brown may be nominated for a Viewers’ Choice Award for this month’s upcoming 2016 BET Awards, but don’t expect the “Grass Ain’t Greener” singer to be too upset if he doesn’t win the fan-voted category.
On Sunday, Chris Brown took to Instagram to weigh in with his thoughts on award shows while claiming that entertainment networks “lie to fans” in an attempt to increase viewer engagement.
The exchange began after one fan took to Instagram to share an update on the number of votes received for the current top three nominees in the Viewers’ Choice Award category, which includes Beyoncé for her track, “Formation,” Rihanna featuring Drake for their collaborative hit, “Work,” and Brown for his sultry “Back To Sleep” single that dropped earlier this year.
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In response to the update, one fan commented on the user’s post by encouraging other Chris Brown fans to continue sending in their votes to help Brown win the Viewers’ Choice Award category, writing, “CMON GUYS..WE WANT BREEZY TO WIN! LINK IN BIO! #IChooseBreezy #ChrisBrown #BETAwards.”
Despite the fan’s encouragement, Chris Brown took to the post to share his thoughts on the award show while warning fans not to be “fooled” by industry networks and their award programs, the Shade Room reports.
“F*** THEM AWARDS!” Brown began in response to the fan’s comment, “EVERY AWARD SHOW AND AWARD IS FIXED.”
“Networks lie to fans so they can engage in their programs..EVEN THE GRAMMYS. If I don’t perform, I don’t come. it’s just a[s] fake as the industry and they [sic] lies these artist tell y’all to gain success. Don’t be fooled,” Chris Brown concluded.
This isn’t the first time that Brown has been outspoken about his disdain for award shows; earlier this year, the singer took to Twitter to outwardly criticize the Grammy Awards despite having been nominated for Best Rap/Song Collaboration for “Only” alongside artists Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Lil Wayne, Variety reports.
“#GRAMMY? This is probably the main reason i love being free to create any kind of music I want. Too many people kiss a** And work less,” Brown wrote on Twitter back in January.
In addition, the singer also explained in a series of since-deleted tweets that the Grammys “used to mean something” but suggests that the program has since lost its sense of purpose. Similarly, Chris Brown further expressed his displeasure with the awards program over the fact that his newest album, Royalty, did not receive any nominations for the 2016 show.
“If u turn on ya radio right now I promise within the hour you will hear Chris Brown on damn near half the songs I’ve co-written,” he explained in another since-deleted tweet.
“I’m thankful to my fans, I am able to be the best artist I can without having to conform to the ways of my peers. I also need my commission,” Brown concluded in his series of tweets.
The news comes just two months after Chris Brown won R&B Artist of the Year at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards, where he also performed a medley of his hits, including “Liquor,” “Back to Sleep,” “Wrist,” and “Anyway.”
In his acceptance speech for the award, Brown referenced his tendency to speak his mind on social media, explaining, “As y’all can see, I tend to not have a filter sometimes and I go off on a lot of people. But the music stays the same. Positivity.”
The 2016 BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 26 at 8PM/7C on BET.
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