BET Honors ceremony was taped before Bobbi Kristina Brown's hospitalization

"Continued prayers for King of R&B Bobby Brown during this difficult time. (The #BETHonors is pre-taped)," BET tweeted.
By Karen Butler   |   Feb. 24, 2015 at 12:06 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- BET has addressed via Twitter the social media criticism Bobby Brown received for presenting an award on the BET Honors program, which aired Monday night.

Brown's 21-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina has been on life support in Atlanta since Jan. 31 and Brown reportedly has been a constant presence by her side, however some viewers of the BET awards ceremony expressed outrage that he would attend such an event to present a prize while his child is so critically ill.

BET quickly addressed the backlash on Twitter.

"Continued prayers for King of R&B Bobby Brown during this difficult time. (The #BETHonors is pre-taped)," the cable television network tweeted Monday night.

The show was recorded Jan. 24 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Wayne Brady served as host of the event.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was found face down and unresponsive in her home bathtub more than three weeks ago. Her father has publicly said her family continues to pray for her recovery and has no plans to remove her from life support.

The circumstances surrounding her medical emergency are under investigation. Police reportedly are looking into whether she and her boyfriend Nick Gordon were involved in a physical altercation before she was discovered in distress.

People magazine reported last weekend Bobbi Kristina Brown had been battling drug addiction for years and was intoxicated the morning of the incident.

Her mother, Whitney Houston, accidentally drowned while intoxicated in a hotel bathtub after years of substance abuse Feb. 11, 2012. She was 48.

Bobby Brown has also been candid about his own past addiction issues.

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