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The Grammys' Embrace Of Chris Brown Draws Criticism

AP | 2/13/2012, 6:32 p.m.

Brown, who didn't attend last year's Grammys even though he was nominated for three awards, has sometimes portrayed himself as embattled. On Sunday, he tweeted, "Team breezy we have come (a long) way ... No matter what anyone says ... WE MADE IT!!"

In his acceptance speech and performances, he made no mention or gesture to his last, abbreviated trip to the Grammys. But he did tweet -- and then delete -- the message: "People who make mistakes and learn from them are ROLE MODELS too. I'm just happy to inspire growth and positivity."

Rihanna also performed Sunday, singing her hit "We Found Love" and transitioning into a duet of "Princess of China" with Coldplay's Chris Martin. Rihanna was nominated for four awards, including best album for her disc "Loud." She shared in the wins for best rap/sung collaboration and best rap song for Kanye West's "All of the Lights," with Kid Cudi and Fergie.

But many performers watching at home questioned Brown's involvement.

"Are Chris Brown's mom and dad CBS and Grammy Brown?" sarcastically wondered Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family."

The singer Michelle Branch tweeted: "Trying not to go off on a rant but ... Chris Brown ... (bites tongue) have we forgiven him?"

"View" co-host Sherri Shepherd took a similar tact, writing, "Looks like all is forgiven (with) Chris Brown. That's all I'll say."