Why Adele gave Chris Brown an ear-bashing at the Grammys
British soul diva takes R&B bad boy to task after he stays in his chair during ovation for Frank Ocean
EDITOR'S NOTE: Since this story was published Adele has denied she admonished Chris Brown at the Grammy Awards. "Chris Brown and I were complimenting each other in that photo actually!" she wrote on her Twitter account.
BRITISH soul diva Adele publicly chastised American R&B singer Chris Brown for refusing to join a standing ovation for his rival, Frank Ocean, at the Grammy Awards, it has emerged since the Sunday night ceremony.
Photographs show Adele giving Brown a serious ear-bashing after he remained slouched in his seat when the Grammy for urban contemporary album went to Ocean. Brown, who was nominated in the same category, had a brawl with Ocean in the car park of a Los Angeles recording studio last month that triggered a police investigation.
As the Starpulse website points out, the tongue-lashing from Adele marked the end of a particularly bad week for Brown.
On Wednesday, an investigation began into allegations that he falsified the amount of community service he is supposed to have performed after he was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. TMZ reports that Bryan Norwood, the police chief who "signed off" on Brown’s community service and wrote a letter to the court "vouching" for the singer, handed in his resignation today. TMZ understands the Brown scandal "accelerated" his decision to quit.
On Saturday, the day before the Grammy Awards, Brown wrecked his Porsche in Los Angeles as he tried to evade paparazzi.
Adele was widely praised for taking Brown to task today. "Respect to Adele for doing what the Grammy producers refused to do by nominating Brown and putting him in that front-row seat," wrote Amanda Dobbins on the Vulture website.
"If there was any justice people would shout at Chris Brown wherever he went, all of the time," wrote Paul Tamburro on the Craveonline website.