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Chris Brown Performance on ‘Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays’ Lights Up Social Media

After getting torched on Twitter, the singer responds: ”Grind season been in full effect. Been under the weather“

Fox’s “Empire”-inspired “Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays” special welcomed a collection of stars on Wednesday night, but it was Chris Brown‘s performance that caught the attention and wrath of fans on Twitter.

Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard hosted the holiday variety show and were joined by members of the hip-hop drama’s cast including Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Y. Gray to belt out festive songs such as “Joy To The World” and “All You Need Is Love.”

However, Brown’s singing was a far cry from his usual standard when he took the stage towards the end of the show, and was soon slammed on social media as fans asked if he was sick, high or “had lost it.”

Brown was quick to respond by revealing that he was not feeling well. “Grind season been in full effect. Been under the weather,” he tweeted.

Henson then pledged her support of her guest by writing on Twitter: “Y’all know what @chrisbrown is capable of vocally. HE SHOWED UP W/LOVE IN HIS HEART PERIOD Happy #WhiteHotHolidays.”

During the show, Brown then got a helping hand from R&B singer Tank for a duet of “This Christmas Will Be a Very Special Christmas To Me.”

Later, Henson and Howard (a.k.a. Cookie and Lucious Lyon) acted out a festive skit where they swapped Christmas presents, with Taraji giving him an ugly sweater and him gifting her with a cuddly puppy, called Terrence, of course.

Another somewhat creepy comedy bit featured Howard as a hard-working father and Henson (with pigtails and a squeaky voice) as his excited daughter waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve.

The variety special also featured performances by Patti LaBelle, John LegendJamie Foxx and Mary J. Blige.

“White Hot Holidays” was produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Don Mischer Productions. Henson and Howard co-produced alongside Vincent Cirrincione.

See the tweets about Brown’s performance below.