It will be three years this weekend since the last time Rihanna and Chris Brown were supposed to both perform at the Grammys. It will also be three years since the violent altercation which ultimately changed both of their lives, professionally and personally.
On Feb. 8, Chris Brown and Rihanna got into a physical altercation which reportedly took place before both were scheduled to perform at the 2009 Grammys. Brown was charged with two felonies after brutally attacking Rihanna, who at the time was his girlfriend. Brown was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service in Aug. 2009.
On Sunday night, Rihanna and Chris Brown will meet at the 2012 Grammys, as both are scheduled to perform.
It may not be the first time they have seen each other, for it’s been rumored that the ex-couple have been meeting up, most recently spotted (separately) at a 2012 Super Bowl XLVI after party at LA’s Grewystone Manor nightclub.
As we anticipate the pair’s separate Grammy performances, Billboard.com’s The Juice takes a look at Chris Brown and Rihanna’s highlights through the past three years, from the unsettling night before the 2009 Grammys to this years show.
Feb. 8, 2009: Brown is charged with two felonies stemming from a brutal attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna that took place in his car.
May 5, 2009: Rihanna makes her first public appearance since the Grammy night assault, at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala.
Sept. 20, 2009: Chris Brown returns to the music scene with his first single off “Graffiti,” titled “I Can Transform Ya.”
October 20, 2009: Rihanna releases “Russian Roulette,” a dark ballad about a dysfunctional relationship, that previews her fourth studio album, “Rated R.” The music video features the pop singer being held in captivity.
December 2, 2009: “Rated R” debuts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 181,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album would go on to spawn hits like “Rude Boy” and “Hard.”
Dec. 5, 2009: Chris Brown’s “I Can Transform Ya” peaked at No. 11 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Dec. 26, 2009: Chris Brown’s revealing, synth-heavy album, ” Graffiti,” peaks at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart.
April 16, 2010: Rihanna kicks off her Last Girl on Earth world tour in Belgium, just as “Rude Boy” spends its fifth week atop the Hot 100.
June 27, 2010: Chris Brown breaks down and sheds tears at the 2010 BET Awards when performing a Michael Jackson tribute. You can’t fake snot!
July 22, 2010: Rihanna scores another No. 1 on the Hot 100 — this time with Eminem on “Love The Way You Lie.” The track, which details an abusive relationship, would be performed by the pair at the MTV Video Music Awards that year and score 5 Grammy nominations.
September 7, 2010: Rihanna reveals “Only Girl (In the World),” the first single from her fifth album, “Loud.” The song is in the top 10 of the Hot 100 within two weeks.
Sept. 11, 2010: Breezy returns to the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the first time since 2006 as “Deuces,” from his and Tyga‘s collaborative mixtape, “Fan of a Fan,” jumps to No. 1.
February 13, 2011: Rihanna performs “What’s My Name?” at the Grammy Awards, three months after the song hits No. 1 on the Hot 100.
February 22, 2011: A court order that prevented Chris Brown and Rihanna from coming into close contact is lifted, allowing Brown to speak to Rihanna without harassing or annoying her.
April 9, 2011: Brown earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as “F.A.M.E.” with 270,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. “F.A.M.E.” debuted at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart also.
April 2, 2011: Count “Look At Me Now,” feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, as another R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1 under Brown’s belt.
May 14, 2011: People notice that Rihanna and Chris Brown are following each other on Twitter. She tells a fan, “It’s f—-n Twitter… calm down.”
May 22, 2011: Rihanna teams up with Britney Spears for a special performance of “S&M” at the Billboard Music Awards. “S&M” becomes Rihanna’s 10th No. 1 single on the Hot 100 one month earlier.
June 4, 2011: Rihanna embarks on her Loud tour, with artists like Cee Lo Green and J. Cole serving as support.
June 26, 2011: Breezy took home five awards for “Look At Me Now” at the 2011 BET Awards.
September 22, 2011: Rihanna releases “We Found Love,” the first single from her sixth album, “Talk That Talk.” The song rushes to the top of the Hot 100 and spends 10 weeks there.
Nov. 27, 2011: Brown takes home a hefty prize at the 2011 Soul Train Awards: Album of the Year for “F.A.M.E.”
Jan. 18, 2011: Us Weekly runs a report that Rihanna and Chris Brown are still secretly dating. A rep for Brown denies that the pair are romantically involved.
Jan. 26, 2012: Fans get a taste of Brown’s upcoming album, “Fortune,” with the release of the first single, “Turn Up The Music.”