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Chris Brown to perform at Grammy Awards

Chris Brown will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards, the event where his career almost ended three years ago.

Mr. Brown admitted assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party in 2009 and is serving five years of probation for the felony attack. According to the Associated Press, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Mr. Brown will take the Grammy stage on Sunday.

After the attack, Mr. Brown’s reputation plummeted, but he has since bounced back, releasing multiple mixtapes and the multihit album, “F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies).” He is nominated for three Grammys, including best R&B album.

Rihanna also will perform at the show. She’s nominated for four awards, including the top prize - album of the year - for her platinum effort “Loud.”

Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett also were announced as performers, as were Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt, who will pay tribute to blues singer Etta James, who died last month.

The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Mr. Brown and Rihanna were supposed to perform at the 2009 Grammys, but that changed after Mr. Brown attacked the pop singer in the early morning hours before the awards show. Since then, Mr. Brown hasn’t attended the Grammys, though he was nominated for three awards last year.

A judge eased a restraining order last February after an attorney for Rihanna said she didn’t object to removing the stay-away provisions. The former order required Mr. Brown to stay 50 yards away from 23-year-old Rihanna, but the restriction was reduced to 10 yards if they were at a music industry event.

Mr. Brown, 22, has been nominated for Grammys in five of the past six years, though he has never picked up the top prize in music. His song “Look at Me Now,” which features Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, is nominated for best rap song and best rap performance.

Rihanna is the owner of four Grammys, three with Jay-Z. She won a Grammy last year for her No. 1 smash, “Only Girl (In the World)” for best dance recording. In addition to album of the year, her fifth CD, “Loud,” is up for best pop vocal album. Rihanna is also nominated twice for best rap/sung collaboration for another No.1 jam - the Drake-assisted “What’s My Name?” - and for her guest appearance on Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.”

Iowa woman accused of blackmailing Duggars’ show

An Iowa woman is charged with extortion in an alleged plot to get Discovery Communications Inc. to cancel the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting” or pay her $10,000 in exchange for not revealing compromising photos of a cast member, according to federal court documents.

Teresa Hunt, of Bettendorf, is accused of threatening to release photos of a cast member in “apparently intimate situations” to a magazine, according to the Associated Press.

Ms. Hunt was arrested Feb. 1 after she allegedly sent television executives typed and handwritten letters demanding the show be canceled, along with a business card for “Perfect Pictures.”

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