Tonight’s Grammys are sure to include plenty of tributes to the late Whitney Houston, a ton of Adele, some choice quotes from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon on why he doesn’t give a shit that he won/didn’t win, and some stellar performances. It will also include girlfriend basher Chris Brown, but should it? Rihanna will also be there to perform.
Just days ago Brown, whose anger management is clealy not doing wonders, Tweeted a pic of his middle finger. It could be his classy way of showing of solidarity with M.I.A., but was more likely a message to critics on the anniversary of his beat down of Rihanna on the eve of the Grammys three years ago.
Brown never made it to that show leaving producers scrambling to fill the time slot and has not appeared since. This year, not only is he up for 3 awards for F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies), he'll be performing.
Grammy Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich told ABC that, “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.”
The Grammys were the victim? Mmmkay.
Brown's album had good sales but plenty of members of the public aren’t ready to forgive him and there have been plenty of articles today deriding the choice. Plus, having Rihanna in the house and on-stage is a constant reminder of what happened and is a clear message that the Grammys, if not straight out condoning domestic violence, do pardon it.
What do you think? Should he be forgiven or forever banned? Either way it’s happening, but maybe enough complaints about it will put a plug in future offers or, ugh, vice-versa.