Chris Brown receives hot and cold welcome at the Grammy Awards after 2009 assault on Rihanna
by Allyson Koerner
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This past weekend, the Grammy Awards were the talk of the town, and not just because it’s another award show, but due to the passing of legendary singer Whitney Houston and the controversy that is Chris Brown.

Ever since Brown made headlines in 2009 for assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna right before the Grammys, he has been blacklisted from the music awards show. However, after being sentenced to five years probation and ordered to stay away from Rihanna, several apologies, counseling sessions and taking part in community service, Brown was welcomed back, at least by Grammy Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich.

“We’re glad to have him back,” Ehrlich told ABC News Radio. “I think people deserve a second chance, you know. If you’ll note, he has not been on the Grammys for the past few years and it may have taken us a while to kind of get over the fact that we were the victim of what happened.”

If you’re mouth just dropped open and you’re having a hard time focusing, we’ll give you a couple seconds to gather your thoughts. Yes, you read that right. Apparently, the awards show was the true victim of Brown’s assault?

Well, some might disagree with those remarks, especially other celebs like country singer Miranda Lambert. Brown performed twice and won a Grammy for R&B Album of the Year, which wasn’t taken lightly with Lambert.

“How dang long did they give Nicki Minaj to do whatever that was? Strange. And Chris Brown twice? I don’t get it. He beat on a girl… Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen. He needs to listen to Gunpowder and lead and be put back in his place. Not at the Grammys,” the country singer tweeted. As you can see from Lambert’s tweet, she referenced her popular song “Gunpowder and Lead” about a woman planning to kill her abusive husband once he’s released from jail.

“Modern Family’s” Eric Stonestreet also had some words for Brown. “Are Chris brown’s mom and dad CBS and Grammy Brown?”

Even Chris Manzo, from Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” didn’t hold back. “Still hate Chris Brown, he beat a woman senseless, I’m not moving past that.”

Supposedly, the former couple have reconciled, “It’s incredible to see how he pulled out of it the way he did … I really like the music he’s putting out … I’ve always been a fan … I’m really excited to see the breakthrough he’s had in his career. I would never wish anything horrible for him … I never have,” Rihanna said. Even so, that doesn’t mean the domestic violence will be forgotten. Many are rereading details from the police report showing just how violent his actions were.

“What he’s done and what he’s done to reclaim his career and seemingly the kind of person that he has become makes him — I don’t even want to use the word eligible — but you know, it’s time,” Ehrlich said in about letting Brown back on the show.

Do you think the Grammy Awards handled the situation correctly?

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • Hilary

    Congrats on him winning the award, but they showed it like it was a comeback. He did beat a girl to a pulp a few years ago an he performs on the show TWICE. Seriously? I think it is sending the wrong message. Kudos to Miranda Lambert for standing up

  • Martha E. Chaves

    NO. His presence on that award was an insult to all women, to women victims of violence. To his victim who performed on the show and to the memory of Whitney Houston who was a victim of spousal abuse.

  • Abe Gurko

    Chris Brown winning a Grammy proves that the music industry will forgive anyone, as would Jesus (since they all thank him anyway for their awards in the first place). I can’t believe the douche bag had the nerve to Tweet this: “HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY. Now! That’s the ultimate F— OFF.” Gross Baboon