Taking Names: Miranda Lambert questions Brown’s Grammy appearance

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Miranda Lambert questions Brown’s Grammy appearance

Country singer Miranda Lambert doesn’t get why R&B star Chris Brown was allowed to perform twice at the Grammys on Sunday.

She tweeted on Monday: “He beat on a girl … not cool that we act like that didn’t happen.”

Mr. Brown beat up Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time, the night before the Grammys in 2009. He pleaded guilty to an assault charge and was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community labor.

According to the Associated Press, Miss Lambert suggested that Mr. Brown listen to her song “Gunpowder & Lead,” which is about avenging domestic violence, and “be put back in his place. Not at the Grammys.”

She attended the Grammys in Los Angeles with husband Blake Shelton, who was a double nominee. Miss Lambert joined a slew of others who questioned the move on social networks.

A message left seeking comment from a representative of Mr. Brown’s wasn’t immediately returned.

San Francisco honors Bennett, song anniversary

More than 1,000 people crammed into San Francisco’s City Hall on Valentine’s Day to honor singer Tony Bennett and the 50th anniversary of his famous song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a symphony, a children’s chorus and the Gay Men’s Chorus all sang the song to Mr. Bennett during a ceremony he attended Tuesday.

The tune had its first public performance in December 1961 in the Venetian Room of the Fairmont Hotel, where Mr. Bennett sang Tuesday night.

The song has become a part of San Francisco culture and is played after every home victory for the Giants baseball team.

Ray Charles Foundation wants $3M donation returned

The Ray Charles Foundation is demanding the return of $3 million given to Albany State University a decade ago.

The organization says the college has not used the money to build a performing arts center in the late artist’s name.

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