SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20:  Singer Bobby Brown performs on stage in concert at the Sydney leg of his "Greatest Hits" tour in support of his eponymous album released earlier this year, at the Enmore Theatre on July 20, 2007 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown

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As a member of New Edition, the Boston-raised Bobby Brown honed his image in the ‘80s as the “bad boy of R&B,” grandstanding and showboating to make himself stand out. After going solo, Brown would emerge as the biggest-selling R&B artist of the later part of the decade, releasing the 7X platinum LP Don’t Be Cruel in 1988. (The album continued to chart for the next eight years). The Grammy-winning singer topped off his R&B kingship by marrying the queen of pop, Whitney Houston, in 1992. Unfortunately, in the waning days of his career, Brown became more famous for his run-ins with the law than for his music. But he re-emerged in the pop spotlight in 2005 via his hit reality TV show Being Bobby Brown. A couple of years after the show, Brown and Houston divorced.

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