Chris Brown I'm Allowed to Go Near Rihanna Now!!!

2/22/2011 8:40 PM PST

Chris Brown: I'm Allowed to Go Near Rihanna Now!!!

Award shows just got a little less awkward for Chris Brown and Rihanna ... because a judge just lifted the restraining order prohibiting him from going near her.

Brown appeared in court moments ago in downtown L.A., where a judge replaced Rihanna's restraining order with a level one order -- meaning Chris and Rihanna can have contact as long as he does not harass, annoy, or molest her.

Rihanna was not in court -- but her attorney Donald Etra was ... and told the judge RiRi has no objection to the new order.