Is Chris Brown's Grammy Award Performance Offensive to Rihanna and to Women?

Chris Brown performed at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, in a memorable performance marked by flashy dance moves and theatrical choreography. The pop and R&B star is also up for three Grammys, including Best R&B Album and Best Rap Song.

This was Brown's first appearance on the show in three years. He performed a medley of Turn Up the Music and Beautiful People.

Here's footage of Brown's 2007 Grammy performance:

But, Chris Brown's performance does not come without controversy. It was only three years ago that Brown was arrested for felony battery on his then girlfriend Rihanna, on the night before the 2009 Grammy Awards. Brown pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to probation and community service. Since then, he has been working on improving his public image. In June, he won four awards at the BET Awards, and his album debuted at No. 1 in March of last year.

Rihanna took the stage at this year's Grammys just two performances after Brown.

One source close to Brown said, "Chris is hopeful that hs performance will close that chapter on his life. He will be bringing his mom to the awards ceremony, she is his biggest fan, and he has told her he is dedicating his performance to her." 

"Chris has grown tremendously as a person, and an artist from that time in his life. He's complied with all terms of his probation. He has been a model probationer, but more importantly, Chris accepted responsibility for what he did."

According to Chris Witherspoon on thegrio.com, “Brown’s performance at the Grammys might be the end of his very rocky road to redemption and possibly the beginning of a new chapter in his relationship with Rihanna,” Witherspoon writes.

But, on Twitter, some fans are angry that Brown has been invited to perform at the Grammys, saying this sends the wrong message to women, particularly those who suffer from domestic violence.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of sexual assault by an intimate partner each year, and 85% of domestic violence victims are women.

Weigh in: Do you think Chris Brown should have been invited to perform at this year's Grammy awards? Does this send the wrong signal to women suffering from domestic violence? Or, does he deserve a second chance?

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