Grammy Awards: Dodging Disasters On Music’s Big Night | Variety.
In 2009, production toppers received word the morning of the show, during dress rehearsal, that Rihanna would not be performing as scheduled. A few acts later in the show order, Chris Brown missed his rehearsal slot. They later learned he was preparing to turn himself in to the police ahead of felony criminal threat charges. With three hours to air, Ehrlich had a 10-minute hole in the show.
“You can’t panic in a situation like that, because once you do, you’ve lost your way,” says National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences president Neil Portnow.