Chris Brown Returning To The Stage For BET Awards Michael Jackson Tribute

Saturday, Jun 27, 2009  |  Updated 2:00 PM EDT
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Chris Brown Returning To The Stage For BET Awards Michael Jackson Tribute

Chris Brown will make his return to the stage on Sunday at the BET Awards, Access Hollywood has learned.

A source close to the awards show confirmed to Access that Chris will be performing along with other artists in a tribute to Michael Jackson. It will be the star's first performance since his altercation with Rihanna in February that landed him in court.

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On Friday, BET announced that the awards show would be used to honor Michael, who died suddenly on Thursday – three days after Chris concluded his legal proceedings.

The "Forever" singer pled guilty to one count of felony assault against his ex-girlfriend last Monday and was sentenced to five years probation, enrollment in a domestic violence counseling program and 180 days in a labor program in his home state of Virginia.

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Rihanna is also slated to attend the awards show on Sunday.

As previously reported by AccessHollywood.com, Chris, a major Michael Jackson fan, contributed vocals to "Better On The Other Side," a tribute song to Michael released on Friday and also featuring Sean "Diddy" Combs, Boyz II Men, The Game, Polo and Mario Winans.

"Michael Jackson is the reason why I do music and why I am an entertainer," Chris said to Access in a statement earlier this week. "I am devastated by this great loss, and I will continue to be humbled and inspired by his legacy. My prayers are with his family. Michael will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. He's the greatest… the best ever. No one will ever be better."

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A rep for Chris did not immediately return calls made by Access.

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