People Staff
December 28, 2009 12:00 PM

After a terrible start to 2009—the pop star, 21, was assaulted by boyfriend Chris Brown in February—Rihanna did an amazing job of salvaging the rest of the year. Her emotional new album Rated R reached No. 4, and she nabbed two Grammy nods for “Run This Town” with Jay-Z and Kanye West.

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