Chris Brown Smirking

Chris Brown was born in 1989, which means he couldn't even buy beer when he first broke onto the scene.

But man, this R&B singer could dance! He brought the house down at the MTV Music Video Awards in 2007 and looks to be a serious performer with a bright future. Chris Brown also is mackin' it with Rihanna as of 2007 and 2008. Everything was going his way.

That is, until Chris Brown delivered an alleged beatdown to Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 Grammys.

He is innocent until proven guilty like anyone else, but the charges against him are serious business.

It looks as though Rihanna was badly bruised - but perhaps not as much so as Chris Brown's image.

Years later, his career has recovered, but his reputation may be forever tarnished.