R&B/pop singer Rihanna was born in Saint Michael, Barbados on February 20, 1988, and got her big break in 2003 when she was introduced to record producer Evan Rogers. At the time, young Rihanna was part of a musical trio, but Rogers was only interested in her talents as a solo artist.
Looking to further her career, the singer flew to Connecticut to live with Rogers and record her demo, which was quickly picked up by her future label, Def Jam. Albums including 2005's Music of the Sun and 2006's A Girl Like Me topped the charts, but 2007's Good Girl Gone Bad rocketed her to fame with the release of massive hits like "Umbrella" and "Don't Stop the Music."
In February 2009, an altercation with then-boyfriend Chris Brown left her in a hospital with several injuries. Although Brown was arrested and charged with assault, Rihanna remains tight-lipped about the incident, which occurred the night of the 2009 Grammy Awards. Court proceedings continue to take place in summer 2009. The singer appeared in court in June 2009 with Brown, though she did not testify.