Chris Brown Withdraws Name From Kids' Choice Awards Ballot

In statement, singer says Rihanna controversy 'has shifted focus from the music.'

Amid the controversy surrounding [artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown's[/artist] two Kids' Choice Awards nominations, on Wednesday (March 11) the singer withdrew his name from the ballot. Brown had been up for Favorite Male Singer and Favorite Song (for "Kiss Kiss").

According to a statement released Wednesday, Brown made the decision to withdraw his name from the ballot. A statement from the singer's rep reads: "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.

"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."

Nickelodeon confirmed the news via a statement released Wednesday. "We are confirming that Chris Brown has decided to withdraw his nominations from the Kids' Choice Awards," the statement reads. "We agree with and respect his decision, and are looking forward to presenting a great event for our audience."

Brown is due in court on April 6 to face charges of assault and making criminal threats, stemming from his alleged altercation with Rihanna on February 8.

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