Could Chris Brown Still Be Kids' Choice?

Despite felony abuse charges, Brown still up for Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award.

ByABC News
March 9, 2009, 5:47 PM

March 10, 2009— -- Chris Brown may have lost endorsement deals for Wrigley's gum and the Milk campaign following his arrest in the alleged beating of girlfriend Rihanna. But the children's network Nickelodeon is standing by him.

Despite growing outrage on parent blogs and entertainment Web sites and an online petition to have Brown removed from contention, his name will remain on the ballot 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

The show is geared toward kids ages 6 to 14. Kids 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.

Romano said she does not know whether Brown will attend the show, where the winners are routinely covered in green slime. But 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, is 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."