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02/07/2012 AT 08:45 AM EST
will make a comeback on the very stage he was expected to grace three years ago, at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
Only back then, instead of performing, the R&B artist surrendered to police
, which marked the beginning of a domestic violence drama
that revealed a darker side of his relationship with then-girlfriend Rihanna
But now Brown, 22, is due at this year's ceremony
, a source tells the Associated
Brown, who is still serving five years' probation
for the felony attack that occurred when he assaulted Rihanna, 23, before the 2009 Grammy ceremony, is nominated for three awards this year for F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies)
, including a nod for best R&B album.
Rihanna, whom Brown dated about a year
before the abuse charges made headlines, is also due to take the stage at the Grammys, where she's nominated for four awards, including album of the year for Loud
– and she's also up against
Brown in the best rap song category.