Chris Brown admitted to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party in 2009 and is serving five years of probation for the felony attack.
Mr. Brown was unofficially announced as the Grammy’s newest performer on Monday night by an unidentified source, The Inquisitr reports.
According to The Huff Post, after the attack, Brown’s reputation plummeted, but he has since bounced back, releasing multiple mixtapes and the multi-hit album, “F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies).” The CD is nominated for three Grammys, including best R&B album.
Brown, 22, has been nominated for Grammys in five of the last six years, though he has never picked up the top prize in music.
His song “Look at Me Now,” which features Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, is nominated for best rap song and best rap performance.
Brown and Rihanna were supposed to perform at the 2009 Grammys, but that changed after Brown attacked the pop singer in the early morning hours before the awards show.
A judge eased a restraining order last February after an attorney for Rihanna said she didn’t object to removing the stay-away provisions.
The former order required Brown to stay 50 yards away from 23-year-old Rihanna, but the restriction was reduced to 10 yards if they were at a music industry event.
Since then, Brown has not attended the Grammys, although he was nominated for three awards last year.
Also performing on Grammy night is Rihanna who has been nominated for four Grammy’s including album of the year for her platinum selling album “Loud.”
Rihanna is the owner of four Grammys, three with Jay-Z. She alone won a Grammy last year for her No. 1 smash, “Only Girl (In the World)” for best dance recording. In addition to album of the year, her fifth CD “Loud” is up for best pop vocal album.
Rihanna is also nominated twice for best rap/sung collaboration for another No.1 jam – the Drake-assisted “What’s My Name?” – and for her guest appearance on Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.”
CBS will air the Grammy Awards live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Chris Brown has added to recent speculation that he’s back with former girlfriend Rihanna.
According to Gigwise, the pair were reported to have spent the night partying alongside each other in Hollywood.
Then Brown posted a cryptic message to fans: ”can’t stop lookin’, which suggests Rihanna may have caught his eye in her daring outfit.
Rihanna also tweeted around the same time: “What a crazy night?!!” A source told Radar Online: ‘They have probably hooked up no more than half a dozen times in the past year.”
“Rihanna doesn’t care if she were to get public backlash if they were to reconcile, she is the one calling the shots now, which she likes,” the source added.