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While Chris Brown has recently found his way back to success, his road has been a rocky one. From his 2009 arrest on, Brown found himself dealing with numerous charges and troublesome incidences. Known as one of today’s best R&B artists and most talented dancers, Brown has made quite a name for himself over the years. Here’s a look back at the top 10 most shocking Chris Brown moments.
10. In 2009, Brown was arrested after an argument with his girlfriend Rihanna went ugly. He was charged with criminal threats and violence toward Rihanna. This was the turning point in Brown’s career as many fans began to question their loyalty to his music. Brown struggled from then on out to clear his name. He was released from jail after posting $50,000 bail.
9. Nearly a year after the passing of Michael Jackson, Chris Brown performed a tribute to the King of Pop. At this time, most award shows had indirectly banned Chris Brown from performances, but Brown performed at the BET awards, because of his amazing dance ability. While Brown’s dancing tribute left fans amazed, he broke down in tears during “Man In The Mirror.” Fans were left to believe that his tears might have been due to the embarrassment he had put himself through during the past year.
8. In March of 2011, Chris Brown was being interviewed on Good Morning America to help promote his album. When questioned about the incident with Rihanna, Brown flipped out in his dressing room and broke a window. He then stormed out of the studio. Brown later apologized for his outburst.
7. After the backlash that Brown faced from his domestic violence charge, he attempted to make nice with fans by posting a picture of his domestic violence course diploma. The domestic violence course was mandatory and court ordered. While Brown thought this would bring him positive feedback, he may have forgotten that graduating from a domestic violence course is not something to be proud of.
6. Brown was so excited that he himself was probably just as shocked as the rest of fans were. Just three years before this, Brown was being recognized for an entirely different reason. Many viewers had a hard time letting go of the past and did not believe that Brown should be rewarded for his talents, due to his past history of domestic violence.
5. The Birthday Cake remix marked a Brown and Rihanna reunion that no one saw coming. In February of 2012, Rihanna announced that she and ex-boyfriend Chris would be working together on a remix of her song "Birthday Cake." While this was the fist time since 2009 that the two were seen as a pair, Rihanna explained that Brown’s R&B prominence made him perfect for her song, regardless of their history.
4. This past April, Chris Brown released a picture of himself playing with two puppies. While this seems to be innocent, it was Brown’s attempt to clear his name from a dog breeding scandal. Brown was dealing with controversy over whether or not he was breeding canines and selling them for profit. This raised awareness from animal rights activists and so Brown posted a picture of him playing with two puppies in attempt to show he is kind to animals.
3. This past May, artists Meek and Drake were accused of sending subliminal messages through Twitter that directly referred to Chris Brown and Rihanna. The drama began when Brown removed Meek from a track when he heard that Meek might be together with Rihanna. Their altercations started a three-way Twitter war.
2. In June of 2012, Chris Brown was headed to the UK to continue his tour dates when he got held back. Brown had to cancel many tour dates in England and Ireland after the United Kingdom airport denied him entry. The British government then released a statement saying that they have the right to deny entry to the UK to anyone who has been guilty of a serious criminal offense.
1. In June, Brown posted a picture of his chin with a large gash on the side of it. While no one was exactly positive what happened, the picture led fans to believe that Brown had gotten into a fight with Drake. Rumors then began that their fight took place over Rihanna. The fight took place at W.i.P nightclub in New York City, and Brown had to receive medical attention for his cut.