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As if we didn’t already know that August Alsina is raw and uncut when it comes to saying what’s on his mind, he reminded us again on Monday.

The singer hit the stage alongside DJ Khaled, Future, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj during Sunday night’s American Music Awards and was reportedly forced to lip sync parts of “Do You Mind”, as his mic was cut off for the whole performance.

After fans called him out for lyp syncing, August took to social media to set the record straight. He posted the photo above from the performance, with the caption, “When yo mic ain’t on so you just do the #MannequinChallenge in front of 11 million viewers at the #LipSyncParty aka the AMAs.”

Woke up to this message.. This Has bothered my spirit for the longest time , I'm more confused than yesterday. Is it because I'm new and that was my first introduction to the AMA world? Is it because I'm black and you don't know what to expect ? Is it because of my past that you may be trying to bind me to ? Or Is this pure hate and just to rob me of a moment? To make people think I'm lip syncing as if I'm not even a person who tries! Someone whose not serious about his craft. I'm from the bottom where if we don't do anything else, we TRY! And last night I not only tried but DID & conquered & it's as if it never happened. Someone help me understand.. Im sorry for rambling but I'm just confused. I went into this with the most reverence for your establishment and platform only to be failed in return. You may have muted my mic to TV but you can't mute reality and the infection of that crowd rock. The response from people in that building afterward. A really sweet older & very graceful white woman had an interaction after the performance on my way to the restroom & she said "wow, you were just magical up there, how do I not know you." She then went on to apologize to me & said I'm sorry (which I was confused about) so I asked why for clarity. She said "with what I just saw and felt you should be lots of awards at this place". I kindly smiled and said Thankyou with the most gratitude & honor & formally introduced myself to her and went to shake her hand. She ended with "ohhhh trust me, I know who you are now.. You're unforgettable"! So I am just completely and utterly confused. Once again though, I will say Thankyou for the opportunity AMA's. Through it all, Allah keeps on blessing me. #DoUMind is the number one record in the country God is my Solid Rock!

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But it didn’t end there. August expressed his frustrations with the big show in a lengthy post on Instagram, with a screen shot that read, “They were given instructions not to run your mic on TV. Not to run it live to tv. I’m getting to the bottom of this.” He went on to write in the caption, “Woke up to this message.. This Has bothered my spirit for the longest time , I’m more confused than yesterday. Is it because I’m new and that was my first introduction to the AMA world? Is it because I’m black and you don’t know what to expect ? Is it because of my past that you may be trying to bind me to ? Or Is this pure hate and just to rob me of a moment. Once again though, I will say Thank you for the opportunity AMA’s. Through it all, Allah keeps on blessing me. #DoUMind is the number one record in the country.”

Do you think August Alsina was set up, or was it just a misunderstanding?

 

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