The duo was famously revealed for its lip-synching and stripped of its Grammy, but not before achieving a Billboard first.
MILII VANILLI – French-born Fabrice Morvan and German Rob Pilatus – was on a historic roll, as, on Nov. 25, 1989, "Blame It on the Rain" became the duo's third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 from its debut album, and seven-week Billboard 200 No. 1, Girl You Know It's True. (The ascent also gave writer Diane Warren back-to-back No. 1s: it dethroned "When I See You Smile," which she wrote for rockers Bad English.)
After the set's title track reached No. 2, "Baby Don't Forget My Number" and "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You" each hit No. 1. With the coronation of the shuffling, horn-inflected "Rain," Milli Vanilli became the first duo or group to land three Hot 100 No. 1s from a debut album. The acclaim helped the twosome win the best new artist Grammy Award on Feb. 21, 1990.