Miguel has been fighting an up-hill battle since he hit the scene in 2010. He’s an incredibly talented R&B singer who’s been trying to make a name for himself in a genre of music that hasn’t had much mainstream support. A bunch of loyal fans have been with him from the jump, but most people know him for that other “jump” when he leg dropped two fans at the Billboard Music Awards. The incident made Miguel a household name, and now he’s discovering his new-found fame comes at a price.

The California native sent a grocery list of tweets that have sparked debate and controversy. One comment, in particular, that heated fans was about the African American race.

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He followed it up by showing his appreciation for those “who choose to think and act for themselves regardless of ethnicity or culture.”

Miguel was born to a Mexican father and African American mother in Los Angeles. His first taste of success was winning a BET Award in 2012 for Best Collaboration with Wale on the rapper’s single, Lotus Flower Bomb. His single, Adorn, was nominated for three awards at this year’s Grammys, winning one for Best R&B Song.