The Best and Worst of Bobby Brown

Brown Celebrates 47th Birthday on February 5, 2016

Bobby Brown is a three-time American Music Awards winner and a Grammy Award recipient, however he is best known for his marriage to Whitney Houston. They were married June 18, 1992, and their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was born on March 4, 1993. The couple starred in the Bravo TV reality series Being Bobby Brown which aired eleven episodes in 2005. After Houston refused to appear in season two, the show was cancelled.

Brown began his career as an original member of New Edition and recorded the albums Candy Girl, New Edition, and All for Love before leaving the group for a solo career in 1986. Since then, he has toured erratically with the group, and was featured on New Edition's 1996 Home Again CD. He is also a member of the trio Men of State featuring Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant from New Edition. Brown  achieved solo stardom in 1988 with the release of his second solo album, Don't Be Cruel, which hit number one and sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Brown also appeared as an actor in the films Ghostbusters II, Panther, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. Two Can Play That Game, Gang of Roses, Nora's Hair Salon, and Go for Broke.

Here is a look at "The Best and Worst of Bobby Brown."

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November 25, 2012 - New Edition Lifetime Achievement Award

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Bobby Brown with New Edition. Johnny Nunez/WireImage

On November 25, 2012, Bobby Brown joined New Edition in receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Soul Train Music Awards held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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April 24, 2007 - Divorce from Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

On April 24, 2007, Whitney Houston officially divorced Bobby Brown. They separated in September 2006, and she filed for divorce the following month, Houston was granted full custody of their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who passed away July 26, 2015 at the age of 22.

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December 10, 2003 - Arrest for Battery on Wife Whitney Houston

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Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

On December 10, 2003, Bobby Brown was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia for misdemeanor battery on his wife, Whitney Houston.

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1997 - Leaves New Edition Reunion Tour

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Bobby Brown with New Edition. Roberta Parkin./Redferns

Bobby Brown rejoined New Edition for their 1996 double platinum Home Again CD and Reunion Tour in 1997, however he left the tour early after several incidents, including being late, not showing up, and deliberately attempting to upstage the other members of the group. At a concert in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Brown and Ronnie Devoe became involved in a fight which halted the show. Later, Brown admitted he was intoxicated during the tour. In 2012, he entered an alcohol addiction rehab center.

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1996- Arrested for Drunken Driving After Wrecking Whitney Houston's Porsche

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Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. Frank Mullen/Getty Images

In December 1996, Bobby Brown was charged with drunken driving for wrecking a Porsche leased to his wife, Whitney Houston, in August 1996 in Hollywood, Florida. This was one of several arrests for various infractions including DUI, failing to pay child support, and parole violations.

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January 25, 1993 - Hosted American Music Awards

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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

Bobby Brown hosted the 20th Annual American Music Awards with Gloria Estefan and Wynonna Judd on January 25, 1993. He won Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.

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July 18, 1992 - Marriage to Whitney Houston

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Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. Steve Granitz/WireImage

On July 18, 1992, Bobby Brown married Whitney Houston at her estate in Mendham, New Jersey. Guests included Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Phylicia Rashad, and Donald Trump. One year later, they recorded the duet "Something In Common" on his third album, Bobby,

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January 22, 1990 - Two American Music Awards

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Bobby Brown and MC Hammer. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

On January 22, 1990. Bobby Brown won two American Music Awards: Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, and Favorite Soul/R&B Album for Don't Be Cruel.

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February 21, 1990 - Grammy Award

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Bobby Brown. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

On February 21, 1990, Bobby Brown won a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Every Little Step") at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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June 20, 1988 - "Don't Be Cruel" album released

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Bobby Brown in 1988. Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On June 20, 1988. Bobby Brown released his second solo album Don't Be Cruel. Featuring the number one hits "My Prerogative," "Every Little Step," and the title tune, it hit number one and sold over 12 million copies worldwide.