They were quite simply the most infamous moments of the year — Chris Brown's assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna, Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech and the lurid details of Tiger Woods' adultery. Each incident made us look at the stars involved a little differently.
Brown avoided jail time, but he wasn't let off the hook. The entertainer was forced to submit to counseling, community labor service and a five-year probation period, which coincides with a judge-imposed mandate to stay away from Rihanna at all costs.
He's done all he can to rehabilitate his image, from interviews with CNN and MTV News to launching charitable endeavors to engaging in a fan-appreciation tour. So far Brown's been able to win back some of the trust he lost from the public, though the process has been arduous and perhaps slower than he expected.
The same can't be said for
He's endured a trying time in his life with the death of his mother and the fallout from his broken engagement. Both experiences inspired his last album, 808s & Heartbreak, where West was more muted, choosing to sing through Auto-Tune more than rap on the project.
'Ye has often been revered for his talent, but through his heartache he became embraced by fans —
The scene was the
"Yo, Taylor, I'mma let you finish," he began, words that would be parodied for months after.
Kanye apologized profusely in the aftermath — to Taylor personally and then again later on Jay Leno's talk show. He's since retreated from the limelight, saying he still needs time to deal with his emotions in the wake of his mother's death.
If only Tiger Woods could get away.
He has, of course — since he was involved in a minor car accident, the famed golfer has been in hiding. But his name, image and mistresses have been plastered all over the news.
The golfing champion was a marketing jackpot, with a winning pedigree on the links and an inspiring backstory: mixed-heritage California kid makes good, marries a Swedish model and lives happily ever after.
That is until texts, voice mails and e-mail messages to and from various women made their way into the tabloids and gossip rags. Suddenly the squeaky-clean image Woods had projected fell apart.
Current reports suggest that Woods and his wife are headed for divorce, attempting to reconcile, moving overseas and more — no one really knows the truth yet. But amid the litany of women that the golfer allegedly bedded, Tiger continues to keep quiet.
All three, for certain, are looking for a fresh slate in 2010.