Reps for the American Music Awards released a statement on why Chris Brown's Michael Jackson tribute performance was scrapped. In a statement to ET, Dick Clark Productions president Adam Stotsky said in a statement, “Live shows change all the time, it’s the nature of this business. Unfortunately, this element of the AMAs didn’t come together as we couldn’t align on the performance, to no fault of Chris Brown.” Meanwhile, ABC declined to comment.

It is also being reported that Jesse Collins and Stephen Hill, who executibe producer the AMAs pushed the network to give Chris a chance to perform but the performance was never presented to the head execs at ABC. Once ABC Entertainment president Craig Erwich and Rob Mills, the head of alternative specials, found out, they pulled the plug, worried about Chris and Michael Jackson's reputations.