Chris Brown

A pall was cast over the Grammys on Sunday night when police said just 90 minutes before the show began that they were investigating nominee Chris Brown for allegedly attacking a woman the night before. And minutes before U2 opened the the telecast with its new single, the Recording Academy said Rihanna, Brown’s longtime girlfriend, had scratched her performance.

A police statement said the 19-year-old Brown had argued with an unidentified woman Saturday night, and that the fight escalated when they got out of a vehicle in the ritzy Hancock Park neighborhood. The woman told authorities that her attacker was Brown, who was not at the scene.

A CBS promotion for the upcoming show touted the R&B singer and dancer as a performer just minutes before it began, though he had not been spotted at the Staples Center as of late Sunday afternoon. A representative for Brown had no comment when approached at the venue.

The developments put a huge hole in the Grammy telecast, but the Recording Academy found able replacements in Justin Timberlake, Al Green, Boyz II Men and Keith Urban as they all sang Green’s classic hit, “Let’s Stay Together.” No mention was made on the broadcast about the switch.

Brown has long been dating pop superstar Rihanna, who was slated to perform early in the show. But she dropped out, the Recording Academy said in a statement less than an hour before the show, and she was not seen at the venue as the show was about to get under way.

“We’re sorry she is unable to join us this evening,” the statement said. It did not provide details as to why.

Rihanna was supposed to sing “Live Your Life/Disturbia” as the second performance of the night, Brown was later to sing “Forever.”

Brown and Rihanna were both nominated in the pop collaboration with vocals category, Brown for “No Air” with “American Idol” champion Jordin Sparks; and Rihanna for “If I Never See Your Face Again” with Maroon 5.

Brown was also nominated for male R&B vocal performance for “Take You Down.”

1 Response to “Chris Brown”

  1. 1 Eddie Sparks Los Angeles December 17, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Inc Magazine praises the leadership of CEO Eddie Sparks of Hermosa Beach Marketing by adding the company to the Inc 5000 list of 2014.

    Inc Magazine named CEO Eddie Sparks one of the up and
    coming most successful leaders of 2014 for online marketing in the US.

    Inc later issued a statement that they may remove Sparks from
    the February 2014 issue altogether due to the current status of the company is
    ‘sole propreitership’ making it impossible
    to have a CEO.

    The argument and controversy thickens as Eddie Sparks is the CEO of 2 other companies making Sparks a
    CEO regardless of Hermosa Beach Marketing’s success.
    ” I refuse to incorporate the business in its current state. California Incorporation causes undue tax hardships and responsibilities that the company has no need for currently. If you are going to judge my leadership abilities, I have brought company assets over 5 million, paid off all investment monies, and am expanding to include the general public as a form of income. We have no debt whatsoever which is unheard of in the Los Angeles area. The business is extremely tight knit and the staff works together quite well. ” says Sparks.
    PR Director Yasmine Do of Inc. states, “Sparks was nominated via the success of the business as a whole. He truly is a talented individual but he will not be appearing in our February issue”.

    No other comments followed.

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