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Chris Brown and Rihanna both up for NAACP Image Awards

February 10, 2009 | 11:01 am

Chris Brown and Rihanna could be reunited on the red carpet of this Thursday's NAACP Image Awards. The two singing sensations are both nominated as outstanding recording artists at the 40th annual awards show. Voting is still underway by members of the civil rights organization.

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Relations between these onetime lovebirds are anything but civil following the events of early Sunday morning. Brown has been charged with making criminal threats against Rihanna. An altercation allegedly left Rihanna with bruises shortly after the couple left -- in a rented Lamborghini -- the star-studded party thrown annually by recording exec Clive Davis. Both were nominated for Grammy Awards, and Brown was scheduled to sing "Forever"  Sunday night.

Instead, Brown was arrested, charged and released on $50,000 bail. Rihanna was treated for her injuries and is now in seclusion. As reported by Access Hollywood, in a 2007 interview with Giant magazine, Brown spoke candidly of his family’s history with alleged abuse. The magazine wrote, "When he was 11, the R&B star-to-be told his mother that he would go to jail for killing his allegedly abusive stepfather."

When Gold Derby contacted the NAACP Image Awards for an update on whether Brown and/or Rihanna plan to attend Thursday night, a rep said, "We haven't received any word yet." However, both Brown and Rihanna have canceled or postponed other scheduled events this upcoming weekend, so their chances of appearing at the Image Awards looks slim.

At the NAACP Image Awards airing live on Fox Thursday and hosted by Halle Berry and Tyler Perry, Chris Brown — who won best male artist last year — faces off against Common, 2006 champ, Jamie Foxx, John Legend, and will.i.am. For best female artist, Rihanna contends against Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and three-time winner Alicia Keys.

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