In what can best be described as show biz's latest comeback story, Chris Brown is having another moment in the sun.
Just two years following his 2009 snafu with then-girlfriend Rihanna prior to the Grammys, Brown is grabbing the spotlight once more - thanks to his talents and voice this time, and not his behavior.
"We feel good now that everybody's talking about his music, which is exactly what Chris' intention is," Tom Carrabba, the executive vice president and general manager of Jive Label Group, told the Associated Press.
"I think when he was a little bit younger he was trying to find his way a little bit and fine-tune his craft, but I think over the last two years he's absolutely developed a confidence and is very secure in his decision-making process."
Brown, 21, has completed more than one-third of his 180 days of community service, has finished his domestic violence counseling, and is currently serving his five years of probation for a felony assault count.
But despite his progressive steps forward, the once-fawned-over R&B star is still feeling the repercussions of his actions.
On Friday, Brown entered the court room once again as part of his progress report hearings, and his attorney appealed for a reduced restraining order - from a "stay away" order to a "do not annoy" order, according to TMZ.com.
The judge said she would consider the appeal.
Speculation that the move came as a way for Brown to attend the Grammys without worry of violating his probation were shot down by his rep.
"This court date and the lifting of the restraining order is part of the planned ongoing legal proceedings," Tammy Brook, one of the singer's reps, told TMZ. "The date was scheduled months ago.
"Chris Brown is very thankful for his Grammy nominations, but due to scheduling conflicts, he will not be attending the Grammys."
Brown is currently up for three Grammys, including Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - the latter pitting him against ex Rihanna and her hit with Eminem, "Love the Way You Lie."
Although he'll be absent from this year's awards, Brown is proving that his hat is still very much in the musical ring.
"Here's a young man that made a very, very bad mistake and he was in danger in being marked by that event," Stephen Hill, BET's president of programming, music and specials told the AP of the media-marred singer.
Hill, who also produced last year's BET Awards, where Brown performed an emotional tribute to the late Michael Jackson, believes America may be ready to forgive and move on: "I think that moment and that tribute, we probably gave him another chance."
U ALREADY KNOW WHAT HIS REP. IS SAYING IS BS!