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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.”

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.”

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