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Memphis stars Timberlake, Green fill in at Grammys

Behind the scenes drama invoving performers at Sunday night's Grammy ceremony left organizers calling on Memphis performers for help. 

Rihanna and Chris Brown, both nominated for awards and scheduled to perform, were absent at the ceramony after the Los Angeles Police Department announced that Brown - who is dating Rihanna - was the subject of an investigation into a felony domestic violence battery from around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Brown turned himself into police late Sunday and was released after posting bail. Police booked the 19-year-old R&B singer on suspicion of making a criminal threat.

To fill in for Rihanna's scheduled performance, the Recording Academy hastily put together an ensemble of Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Boyz II Men and Keith Urban performing Green's "Let's Stay Together."

One of the night's superior performances, it reflected the comments of producer T. Bone Burnett, who explained while accepting the award for record of the year: "Good things happen out of nowhere."

"Things happen; you have to be nimble," said Recording Academy president Neil Portnow after the show, explaining he didn't know of the absences until Sunday afternoon. "We think to ourselves, we've got the greatest musical talent in the world in the same place at the same time."

Monday, the Wrigley company said it was suspending ad campaigns featuring  Brown as its spokesman for Doublemint gum, but the company stopped short of saying it would drop the troubled R&B star completely.

A company statement expresses concern about what it calls "serious allegations made against Chris Brown."  Wrigely said it would suspend any current advertising or any related marketing until the situation is resolved, adding that the 19-year-old should be "afforded the same due process as any citizen."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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