Robert Barisford «Bobby» Brown (born February 5, 1969) is a Grammy Award-winning American R&B singer-songwriter and dancer. After success in pop group New Edition, Brown began his solo career in 1987 and had a string of Top 10 Billboard hits, culminating in a Grammy Award. He was a pioneer of New Jack Swing music, a fusion of hip hop and R&B. His second album, Don’t Be Cruel, included popular songs such as «My Prerogative». Brown is the ex-husband of R&B singer Whitney Houston and starred in the reality show Being Bobby Brown..