Chris Brown Pulls Out of Kids' Choice Awards

Chris Brown won't be a Kids' Choice winner this year.

Following his arrest in the alleged beating of girlfriend Rihanna, Brown today decided to take his name out of consideration.

"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 representatives 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," the statement concluded.

Brown's bow-out comes after growing outrage on parent blogs and entertainment Web sites and an online petition to have him removed from contention for the popular Kids' Choice Awards, which airs March 28 on Nickelodeon.

"Like all our KCA nominees, Chris Brown was nominated by kids several months ago based on his work as a performer, and the kids who vote will ultimately decide who wins in the category," Nickelodeon said in a statement sent to Tuesday, before Brown's decision to pull out.

The show is geared toward children ages 6 to 14, who can vote up until the show's airdate. This year's vote is expected to top last year's of 89 million, the network's publicist Marianne Romano said.

Before pulling out today, Brown was apparently lobbying for votes. According to Us Weekly, the day Brown was charged with two felonies, he posted a MySpace blog asking fans to vote for him. "Vote for Chris on the Kids' Choice Awards 2009, Thank you for your support," it read.

Psychologist Cara Gardenswartz, an expert for, questioned Nickelodeon's decision to keep Brown on the ballot.

"Nickelodeon is an adult-run network that is saying we are letting the kids decide. They are saying we don't need adults to step in and say that this is inappropriate," Gardenswartz said. "It's setting a horrible precedent and it's damaging. Kids can't differentiate between (Brown's) actions and his songs."

Brown, who faces felony charges for battery and making criminal threats that would result in death, was up for two Kids' Choice Awards: favorite male singer and favorite song for "Kiss Kiss."

Rihanna, who has reportedly reunited with Brown, is also up for two awards, favorite female singer and favorite song for "Don't Stop the Music."

Some Parents Petitioned to Get Chris Brown Off Ballot

A petition posted on the Web site that has already garnered 70 signatures asks that both performers be removed from the Kids' Choice ballot -- Brown because of the charges he's facing and Rihanna because she "refused a no-contact order and plans to continue the relationship in spite of a violent attack by Brown."

"To say that either of these people [is] setting a suitable example to be held up as 'winners' is preposterous," the petition reads.

Oprah Winfrey also had stern words for Rihanna.

"You need somebody to tell you the truth in this moment. And the truth is, guys, both Chris Brown and Rihanna, if I were your friend, I would call you up and I would say, 'Give it some time, get yourself some counseling, take care of yourself, heal yourself first,'" the talk show queen said during a roundtable discussion on her talk show Friday.

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