Rihanna, Chris Brown cancel Grammy performance

Update: Chris Brown turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department for questioning in his alleged role in a felony battery that took place in a car early Sunday morning. He has been released on $50,000 bail and given a March 5 court date. On Monday morning, TMZ reported that the crime report lists the alleged victim’s name as Robyn Fenty: Rihanna’s real name. EW first broke the story after hearing that the duo was involved in a car accident.

Rihanna and Chris Brown have scratched their performances in tonight’s Grammy Awards after being involved in a car accident, according to sources backstage.

Details are sketchy, but Rihanna’s publicist issued a statement late this afternoon saying that the Grammy-winning pop singer was "well" and thanked fans for their concern and support.

Legendary R&B performer Al Green has been added to the roster of tonight’s perfomers to fill out the bill.

Rihanna is nominated in three categories this year, including Best Dance Recording for "Disturbia"; Brown received two nominations, including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Take You Down."

Stay tuned for details.

Whitney Pastorek and Margeaux Watson contributed to this report.

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  • fancypants

    i hope she’s okay. i was really looking forward to her performance.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t Disturbia come out quite some time ago? Why is it still getting awards?

  • cheryl

    hi,i hope rihanna is ok she is so talented i was looking forward to seeing her perform…please feel better, cheryl

  • ainhoa_fanDrihanna

    are rihanna ok??

  • damn

    Rhianna always brings it. I was really looking forward to seeing her perform. I hope everyone involved is okay.

  • JOse_Rihanna

    Oh my god this is impossible!!!!!!!!!
    :(:(:( i need more information about this accident

  • meg

    This is confusing. E! just said Chris Brown is under investigation for battery in a limo with an unidentified woman after a party last night.

  • stan

    people.com just said brown is up on battery charges… e! doesn’t even know if he’ll perform yet. EW.com two hours earlier posts he won’t be there. who knows first..EW KNOWS First. We love you guys!!!!

  • Lyne

    I just read in People that Chris Brown is wanted for beating up a woman in outside of his vehicle last night and that she had visible injuries… yeah I’m really sure this was a “car accident”

  • Lyne

    Here’s the link…


  • Dan

    Chris Brown is being sought by police in the assault of a woman after last night’s pre-grammy party.
    I just lost all respect for Chris Brown.

  • T

    Ha, I like the wording. “Car accident” – do the reps then feel like they aren’t lying to the public?? I’d rather them tell us straight out. I read the article about Brown being investigated for felony battery, apparently after a domestic violence incident outside his vehicle last night. Car accident, my tushie. People will put two and two together, and come up with the same answer. Rihanna, get out now, kiddo. This isn’t a healthy relationship for you.

  • Anonymous

    If this is true, I just lost all respect for Chris Brown.

  • Inger

    Between what I read at the people.com link, and what I read here .. sounds like the car accident IS the ‘alleged domestic violence incident’ that seemingly took place outside of Chris’s car. And since he was with Rihanna EARLIER in the evening at a party, it wouldn’t be impossible for her to be the unnamed female victim. (It COULD be another female, but *shrug* dots are connecting in my mind and coming up with it likely having been Rihanna) … again, everything is alleged (well, police did say that Chris Brown IS subject to arrest ..)

  • Kevin

    If the woman was not Rihanna, then why would she cancel her appearance?

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