The worst-kept Grammy secret has finally been confirmed by a solid source: Chris Brown will be performing at the 54th annual Grammy Awards, the Associated Press reports.
Brown has performed at a number of awards shows this past year, including the BET Awards, MTV Video Music Award, and American Music Awards, but it’s the first time he’ll return to the Grammys — as performer or as a guest — since his highly-publicized assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna the night before the 2009 Grammys. This performance is also a news-maker because it’s the first awards show the former couple will both be attending since then.
Breezy goes into the show with three nominations: Best R&B Album, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song.
Also added to the list of performers, which already includes Katy Perry, Adele, Rihanna with Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, and Foo Fighters, are Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett, according to CBS. The pair will perform a duet, likely their match-up on “It Had To Be You,” which appears on Bennett’s recent release, Duets II.
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by rapper/actor LL Cool J, will air live from Los Angeles, California on February 12.