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GRAMMY bosses defend Chris Brown's inclusion in the ceremony

Chris Brown may have performed at the 2012 GRAMMY Awards, but the ceremony's organisers are now being forced to defend their decision to invite him to take part in the telecast. 

GRAMMY bosses have explained that the 'With You' hitmaker's music was so popular in 2011 that it made sense to include him in the show, despite his turbulent past. Neil Portnow explained that taking the artists' personal lives into account would just create more problems:

"That's really where the judgment comes from: music professionals listening to the music of other professionals. Clearly, our voting membership rated highly Chris' musical work this past year."

"If we're going to get in trying to personally evaluate artists in terms of their personal lives, that's a slippery slope that we wouldn't want to get into."

Supporting the organisation's decision further, GRAMMY producer Ken Ehrlich told CBS show This Morning:

"I just believe people deserve a second chance. The year he had this year really brought him back into the public. He really deserved a second chance."




Watch footage of Brown's high octane set below: