Grammy Awards Defend Allowing Chris Brown Performance

If you were like us, on Sunday night, you changed the channel when Chris Brown was gearing up to perform at the 2012 Grammy Awards. This is the first show that he was allowed to return for a performance since the 2009 pre-Grammys beating of his former girlfriend, Rihanna. In case you don’t recall the incident, here’s a brief reminder of what he did to her face.

Sure, he’s apologized, but later, he showed his anger again during an appearance on Good Morning America. On Sunday, he was allowed by producers of the Grammys, to perform in support of his new album, F.A.M.E.

Since there was a lot of backlash, the people behind the awards show has felt the need to defend their decision to allow his performance.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said that if they began judging people based on their personal lives, they would get on a “slippery slope”.

On Sunday’s show, he performed his new song, Turn Up The Music and later came back to do a dance tribute to Don Cornelius. Neil Portnow said, “That’s really where the judgment comes from: music professionals listening to the music of other professionals. Clearly, our voting membership rated highly Chris’ musical work this past year. If we’re going to get in trying to personally evaluate artists in terms of their personal lives, that’s a slippery slope that we wouldn’t want to get into.”

Grammy Awards producer, Ken Ehrlich said, “I just believe people deserve a second chance. The year he had this year really brought him back into the public. He really deserved a second chance.”

What did you think of Chris Brown’s performance at the Grammy Awards? Or did you change the channel?

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