Fusing a New Romantic worldview, synth-pop beats, and plenty of eyeliner, Boy George went on to become one of the most recognizable pop stars of the 1980s. The flamboyant singer-songwriter came to prominence after forming the band Culture Club, the Grammy Award-winning quartet who helped define the decade with its ubiquitous hits "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" (1982) and "Karma Chameleon" (1983). Yet even with the band's commercial success and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in 1984, George's drug habit turned his success story into a harrowing downward spiral personally and professionally rather quickly. Amidst battling addiction and making headlines for his legal troubles, George released solo albums throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, yet they missed the colorful charisma and commercial appeal of his work with Culture Club. His rise to fame was featured in an elaborate stage musical financed by Rosie O'Donnell, "Taboo" (2002), but negative reviews forced its cancellation after a short Broadway run. Not one to hold back from telling his story through music, the always outspoken George released several memoirs that graphically exposed the life of a singer who publicly fell from grace, yet would remain a pop music icon and symbol of the 1980s to his fans worldwide.