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Michael Eugene Archer

(1974-02-11) February 11, 1974 (age 45)
Other namesD'Bonics
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • record producer
Years active1991–present
Musical career
Associated acts

Michael Eugene Archer [1] (born February 11, 1974), better known by his stage name D'Angelo (pronounced di-Angelo), is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. D'Angelo is associated with the neo soul movement, along with artists like Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, and collaborator Angie Stone.

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A songwriter is a professional that writes lyrics or composes musical compositions for songs. A songwriter can also be called a composer, although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring, but is also associated with writing and composing the original musical composition or musical bed. A songwriter that writes the lyrics/words are referred to as lyricist. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.


Born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of a Pentecostal minister, D'Angelo taught himself piano as a child. At eighteen, he won the amateur talent competition at Harlem's Apollo Theater three weeks in a row. After a brief affiliation with hip-hop group I.D.U., his first major success came in 1994 as the co-writer and co-producer of the song "U Will Know".

Richmond, Virginia Capital of Virginia

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Pentecostalism Renewal movement within Protestant Christianity

Pentecostalism or Classical Pentecostalism is a renewal movement within Protestant Christianity that places special emphasis on a direct personal experience of God through baptism with the Holy Spirit. The term Pentecostal is derived from Pentecost, the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks. For Christians, this event commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus Christ, as described in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.

Apollo Theater theater and music venue in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City

The Apollo Theater is a music hall located at 253 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City. It is a noted venue for African-American performers, and is the home of Showtime at the Apollo, a nationally syndicated television variety show which showcased new talent, from 1987 to 2008, encompassing 1,093 episodes; the show was rebooted in 2018.

His debut solo album, Brown Sugar (1995), received positive reviews and sold over two million copies. His next album, Voodoo (2000), debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. Its lead single Untitled (How Does It Feel), entered the R&B charts and won a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal; likewise, Voodoo won Best R&B Album. D'Angelo was hailed as the next Marvin Gaye by GQ in 2014. [2]

<i>Brown Sugar</i> (DAngelo album) 1995 studio album by DAngelo

Brown Sugar is the debut studio album by American R&B singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist D'Angelo. It was released on July 3, 1995, by EMI Music.

<i>Voodoo</i> (DAngelo album) 2000 studio album by DAngelo

Voodoo is the second studio album by American neo soul singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist D'Angelo. It was released on January 25, 2000, by Virgin Records.

Untitled (How Does It Feel) DAngelo song

"Untitled " is a song by American singer D'Angelo, released January 1, 2000 on Virgin Records in the United States. It was issued as a radio single in promotion of his second studio album, Voodoo (2000). Written and produced by D'Angelo and Raphael Saadiq, the song was originally composed as a tribute to musician Prince. "Untitled " contains a vintage style and sound similar to that of Prince's early musical work. The song's lyrics concern a man's plea to his lover for sex.

Following the release of the music video for Untitled (How Does It Feel), D'Angelo became uncomfortable with his growing status as a sex symbol. This was followed by numerous personal struggles including alcoholism, and a fourteen-year musical hiatus. D'Angelo released his third studio album, Black Messiah , in December 2014. The album was met with critical acclaim and fared well on music charts, peaking at number five on the US Billboard 200. D'Angelo also contributed to the soundtrack for the 2018 video game Red Dead Redemption 2 , performing the song "Unshaken".

Sex symbol famous person or fictional character widely regarded to be very sexually attractive

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Alcoholism Broad term for problems with alcohol

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a broad term for any drinking of alcohol that results in mental or physical health problems. The disorder was previously divided into two types: alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. In a medical context, alcoholism is said to exist when two or more of the following conditions are present: a person drinks large amounts of alcohol over a long time period, has difficulty cutting down, acquiring and drinking alcohol takes up a great deal of time, alcohol is strongly desired, usage results in not fulfilling responsibilities, usage results in social problems, usage results in health problems, usage results in risky situations, withdrawal occurs when stopping, and alcohol tolerance has occurred with use. Risky situations include drinking and driving or having unsafe sex, among other things. Alcohol use can affect all parts of the body, but it particularly affects the brain, heart, liver, pancreas and immune system. This can result in mental illness, Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome, irregular heartbeat, an impaired immune response, liver cirrhosis and increased cancer risk, among other diseases. Drinking during pregnancy can cause damage to the baby resulting in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Women are generally more sensitive than men to the harmful physical and mental effects of alcohol.

<i>Black Messiah</i> (album) 2014 studio album by DAngelo and the Vanguard

Black Messiah is the third studio album by American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist D'Angelo, credited to "D'Angelo and the Vanguard". It was released on December 15, 2014, by RCA Records, bringing an end to his 14-year hiatus that followed his 2000 album Voodoo.

Early life

D'Angelo was born Michael Eugene Archer, in Richmond, Virginia on February 11, 1974, to a Pentecostal preacher father. He was raised in an entirely Pentecostal family. [3] Archer's musical talents were discovered very early on. At 3, he was spotted by his 10-year-old brother Luther, playing the house piano. [4] Following the formation of his native-Richmond, Virginia musical group, Michael Archer and Precise, and its success on the Amateur Night competition at Harlem, New York's Apollo Theater in 1991, the 18-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist dropped out of school and moved to New York City, [5] as an attempt to develop his music career. [6] The group previously enjoyed some notice in Richmond, evenly dividing their repertoire between soul covers and originals, while D'Angelo accumulated compositions of his own and developed his songwriting skills. [5] The group's turnout on Amateur Night resulted in three consecutive wins and cash prize, [7] after which, upon returning home to Richmond, D'Angelo was inspired to produce an album and began composing material, [8] after a brief tenure as a member of the hip hop group I.D.U. (Intelligent, Deadly but Unique). [9]

Dropping out means leaving high school, college, university or another group for practical reasons, necessities, or disillusionment with the system from which the individual in question leaves.

New York City Largest city in the United States

The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Soul music is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States, where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential during the Civil Rights Movement. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa.


1991–1995: Brown Sugar

D'Angelo signed a publishing deal with EMI Music in 1991 after catching the attention of record executives through a demo tape, which was originally by the group. [10] [11] After an impressive audition for EMI execs, a three-hour impromptu piano recital, [7] D'Angelo was signed to a recording contract in 1993. [5] A&R-man Gary Harris was primarily responsible for his signing, [12] while manager Kedar Massenburg helped negotiate the contract as well. [13] Massenburg became D'Angelo's manager after hearing of him through "the buzz on the streets". [13] He had previously managed hip hop group Stetsasonic and formed the artist management-firm Kedar Entertainment in 1991, which he diversified into production, music publishing and publicity. [13]

William "Kedar" Massenburg is an American record producer and record label executive, who was the president of Motown Records from 1997 to 2004. Massenburg is best known for bringing Erykah Badu to fame. He trademarked the term "neo soul."

Stetsasonic was an American hip hop group formed in 1981 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York.

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In 1994, his first significant success came in the form of the hit single "U Will Know". [10] D'Angelo co-wrote and co-produced the song for the all-male R&B supergroup Black Men United, which featured R&B singers such as Brian McKnight, Usher, R. Kelly, Boyz II Men, Raphael Saadiq and Gerald Levert. [14] D'Angelo composed the music for "U Will Know", while his brother, Luther Archer, wrote the lyrics. [15] Originally featured on the soundtrack to the film Jason's Lyric (1994), the single peaked at number 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. [16] The music video for "U Will Know" featured D'Angelo as the group's choir director; he reprised the role for the live performance of the song at the Soul Train Music Awards. [14] That same year, he wrote and produced the song "Overjoyed" for the Boys Choir of Harlem, [17] which appeared on their studio album The Sound of Hope (1994). [18] The success of "U Will Know" helped build the buzz surrounding D'Angelo, which was followed by a number of highly promoted showcases, and added to the buzz among music industry insiders. [14]

Brown Sugar was released in June 1995. Although sales were sluggish at first, the album was eventually a hit. The album debuted at number six on the US Billboard Top R&B Albums chart in the week of July 22, 1995. [19] It ultimately peaked at number four in the week of February 24, 1996, [20] and spent a total of 54 weeks on the chart. [21] Brown Sugar also spent 65 weeks on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number 22 on the chart. [22] It sold 300,000 copies within its two months of release. [23] The album had been selling 35,000 to 40,000 copies a week through to November 1995, [24] and by January 1996, it had sold 400,000 copies. [25] With the help of its four singles, including the gold-selling Billboard Hot 100 hit "Lady" and R&B top-ten singles "Brown Sugar" and "Cruisin", [26] the album reached sales of 500,000 copies in the United States by October 1995. [24] [27] On February 7, 1996, it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, following shipments in excess of one million copies in the U.S. [27] The album was certified gold in Canada on May 9, 2000. [28] Its total sales have been estimated within the range of 1.5 million to over two million copies. [10] [29] [30] [31] [32] [33]

1996–2000: Sabbatical period and Voodoo

Following the success of his debut album Brown Sugar (1995), D'Angelo went into a four and a half year absence from the music scene and releasing solo work. [34] After spending two years on tour promoting Brown Sugar, D'Angelo found himself stuck with writer's block. [35] On the setback, D'Angelo later stated "The thing about writer's block is that you want to write so fucking bad, [but] the songs don't come out that way. They come from life. So you've got to live to write." [35] During his sabbatical period, he generally released cover versions and remakes, including a cover-collaboration with Erykah Badu of the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell duet song "Your Precious Love" for the soundtrack to High School High (1996). [34] D'Angelo also covered Prince's "She's Always in My Hair" for the Scream 2 soundtrack (1997), as well as the Ohio Players' "Heaven Must Be Like This" for the Down in the Delta soundtrack (1998). He also appeared on a duet, "Nothing Even Matters", with Lauryn Hill for her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998). [34] He also spent the time lifting weights, smoking weed, and making music. [17]

The much-delayed follow-up to Brown Sugar, Voodoo , was finally released in 2000 on Virgin Records after the EMI Records Group was absorbed by the former label. Voodoo received rave reviews from contemporary music critics. [36] who dubbed it a "masterpiece" and D'Angelo's greatest work. [37] [38] [39] [40] The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, [41] selling 320,000 copies in its first week. [42] It entered the Billboard 200 on February 12, 2000 and remained on the chart for 33 consecutive weeks. [43] As of 2005, the album has sold over 1.7 million copies in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan. [44] In 2001, Voodoo won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 43rd Grammy Awards, which was awarded to D'Angelo and recording engineer Russell Elevado. [45]

Its first two singles, "Devil's Pie" and "Left & Right", peaked at number 69 and number 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. [46] [47] The latter was commercially aimed at R&B and hip hop-oriented radio stations due to the prominence of rappers Redman and Method Man on the track. [48] According to Rich Ford, Jr., producer of the "Left & Right" music video, both the single and the video went commercially unnoticed due to MTV's refusal to place the song's video in rotation, serving as punishment for missing the deadline for its initial premiere. The fifth single "Feel Like Makin' Love" was less successful, reaching number 109 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. [49] "Send It On", the album's fourth single, achieved moderate chart success, peaking at number 33 on Billboard's Pop Singles chart. [50] The album's third single, "Untitled (How Does It Feel)", became its greatest chart success, peaking at number 25 on the Hot 100 Singles and at number two on the R&B Singles chart. [51] Its infamous music video helped in boosting the song's appeal, as well as D'Angelo's. Billboard wrote of the video, "It's pure sexuality. D'Angelo, muscularly cut and glistening, is shot from the hips up, naked, with just enough shown to prompt a slow burning desire in most any woman who sees it. The video alone could make the song one of the biggest of the coming year". [52] It earned three nominations for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year, Best R&B Video, and Best Male Video. [53]

2001–2013: Second sabbatical, struggles and delayed album

Towards the end of his worldwide tour in support of the album that same year, D'Angelo's personal issues had worsened, affecting performances. [54] He became more conscious of and uncomfortable with his status as a sex symbol, and after the tour D'Angelo returned to his home in Richmond, Virginia, disappearing from the public eye. [12] Several of D'Angelo's peers and affiliates have noted the commercial impact of the "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" music video and The Voodoo Tour as contributing factors to D'Angelo's period of absence from the music scene. [12] [55] His former music manager, Dominique Trenier, explained his disappointment in the music video's impact in a 2008 interview for Spin magazine. Trenier was quoted as saying that "to this day, in the general populace's memory, he's the naked dude". [12]

According to tour manager Alan Leeds, the experience "took away his confidence, because he's not convinced why any given fan is supporting him." [12] Following the suicide of his close friend, MTV-affiliate Fred Jordan, in April 2001, he started to develop a drinking problem. [12] As his alcoholism escalated, plans for a live album and a Soultronics studio effort, both originally set for after the tour, were scrapped, and impatient Virgin executives cut off funding for the expected 2004 solo album. [12]

By 2005, D'Angelo's girlfriend had left him, his attorney had become displeased with him, and most of his family was not in touch with him. [12] He also parted ways with manager Dominique Trenier and tour manager Alan Leeds. [12] After a car accident and an arrest on DUI and marijuana possession charges, D'Angelo left Virgin Records in 2005 and checked into the Crossroads Centre rehabilitation clinic in Antigua. [12] In 2005, his recording contract was acquired by J Records, [56] following rumors of D'Angelo signing to Bad Boy Records. [34] Despite no solo output, D'Angelo collaborated with some R&B and hip hop artists during this period between albums, [12] appearing on albums such as J Dilla's The Shining (2006), Snoop Dogg's Tha Blue Carpet Treatment (2006), Common's Finding Forever (2007), and Q-Tip's The Renaissance (2008). [57]

D'Angelo's subsequent solo work was extensively delayed. [12] Production for a full-length follow-up to Voodoo was stagnant, as he was working on and off mostly by himself during 2002. [58] D'Angelo attempted to play every instrument for the project, striving for complete creative control similar to that of Prince. [12] Russell Elevado described the resulting material as "Parliament/Funkadelic meets the Beatles meets Prince, and the whole time there's this Jimi Hendrix energy". [12] However, those who previewed its songs found it to be unfinished. [12] In the years that followed, D'Angelo's personal problems worsened, descending to drug and alcohol addiction. In January 2005 he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine. Various mugshots began circulating around the time, showing the singer looking overweight and unhealthy, in stark contrast to the muscular D'Angelo seen in promotion for Voodoo. [59] In September 2005, a week after being sentenced on the drug charges, he was involved in a car accident, and was rumoured to be critically injured. However, a week after the crash a statement was issued by D'Angelo's attorney stating that he was fine continuing to say "He is anxious to finish the recording of his soul masterpiece that the world has patiently awaited. [60]

D'Angelo performing at Brixton Academy in London, 2012. D'Angelo@Brixton2.jpg
D'Angelo performing at Brixton Academy in London, 2012.

No more was revealed on the new album until 2007, when Questlove leaked an unfinished track on Triple J Radio in Australia. Entitled "Really Love", the track was an acoustic flavored jam with a laid back swing feel. The leak apparently soured relations between the two. [61] D'Angelo released a CD/DVD compilation album entitled The Best So Far…, first released on June 24, 2008 on Virgin Records. The compilation features songs from his two previous studio albums, Brown Sugar and Voodoo , as well as rarities and a second disc, a DVD of previously unreleased videos. Around the same time, the compilation was released digitally without the Erykah Badu and Raphael Saddiq featured songs, under the title Ultimate D'Angelo. [62]

In late November 2011, D'Angelo announced a series of 2012 European tour dates. [63] The tour kicked off January 26 in Stockholm, Sweden [64] with its final show on February 10. [65] The tour featured a selection of hits from his two previous albums and songs from his upcoming album, which was close to completion. [66] He premièred 4 new songs: "Sugah Daddy", "Ain't That Easy", "Another Life" and "The Charade" which were well received. On June 9, 2012, he joined Questlove for the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival's Superjam. Although he didn't play any of his original material, this marked the first time in nearly 12 years that he performed on stage in the US. [67] On September 1, 2012, D'Angelo performed at Jay-Z's Made In America festival where he again performed the new songs, "The Charade" and "Sugah Daddy". On October 7, RCA Music Group announced that it was disbanding J Records, Arista Records, and Jive Records. With the shutdown, D'Angelo (and all other artists previously signed to those labels) would release his future material on RCA Records. [68] [69]

2014–present: Black Messiah and "Unshaken"

D'Angelo released his third studio album, Black Messiah in December 2014. D'Angelo originally wanted to release Black Messiah in 2015, but the controversial decisions in the Ferguson and Eric Garner cases inspired him to release it earlier. [70] On December 12, 2014, Kevin Liles, D'Angelo's manager, shared a 15-second teaser of the album on YouTube. [71] Two days later, the track "Sugah Daddy", which had been part of D'Angelo's set list since 2012, [72] premiered at 3 am EST and 1,000 downloads were available on Red Bull's 20 Before 15 website. [73] After an exclusive listening party in New York, Black Messiah was released digitally on December 15 through iTunes, Google Play Music, and Spotify.[ citation needed ] The album's unexpected release was compared to Beyoncé's self-titled release in 2013. [74] On January 13, 2015, "Really Love" was released to urban adult contemporary radio in the US.

The album was met with universal acclaim from critics and it currently has a 95/100 mean score on review aggregator Metacritic. [75] In its first week of release, Black Messiah debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 and sold 117,000 copies in the United States. [76] In its second week, the album dropped to number twenty five on the chart and sold another 40,254 copies. [77] In the United Kingdom, it debuted at number 47 on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 7,423 copies. [78] D'Angelo supported Black Messiah with a tour called The Second Coming . His band, The Vanguard, includes drummer Chris Dave, bassist Pino Palladino, guitarists Jesse Johnson and Isaiah Sharkey, vocalists Kendra Foster, Jermaine Holmes, and Charles "Redd" Middleton, and keyboardist Cleo "Pookie" Sample. The European leg commenced in Zurich on February 11, 2015, and concluded in Brussels on March 7. At the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Black Messiah won Best R&B Album while "Really Love" won Best R&B Song and was nominated for Record of the Year. Black Messiah, Beyoncé's self-titled album (2013), Run the Jewels' Run the Jewels 2 (2014), and Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) were noted as laying the groundwork down for the politically charged releases that happened in 2016, which included Rihanna's Anti , Kanye West's The Life of Pablo , and Beyonce's "Formation". [79]

In June 2015, D'Angelo confirmed to Rolling Stone that he was working on more material for a new album, calling it "a companion piece" to Black Messiah. [80] D'Angelo performed Prince's "Sometimes it Snows in April" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in April 2016 accompanied by Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum as a tribute to the late musician, appearing 'overcome with emotion' at the passing of a major influence. [81] D'Angelo contributed to the soundtrack for the 2018 video game Red Dead Redemption 2 . He sang on the song "Unshaken", which was produced by Daniel Lanois. He had previously served as a playtester for the game itself due to his love for the series. The game's music team eventually invited him to perform on a song, which was finished in a week. [82] "Unshaken" was later released as a digital single on January 4, 2019. [83]


In a 1995 interview, he discussed the influence that musician Prince had on his approach to recording his debut album, stating "I was one of those guys who read the album credits and I realized that Prince was a true artist. He wrote, produced, and performed, and that's the way I wanted to do it." [15] According to D'Angelo, the hip hop influence present on the album "came from the Native Tongues movement - Tribe Called Quest, Gangstarr and Main Source." [84] In a February 1999 interview with music journalist Touré, D'Angelo discussed his original inspirations to produce music, stating "The sound and feel of my music are going to be affected by what motivates me to do it". [85] On his visit to South Carolina, D'Angelo stated that he "went through this tunnel, through gospel, blues, and a lot of old soul, old James Brown, early, early Sly and the Family Stone, and a lot of Jimi Hendrix", and "I learned a lot about music, myself, and where I want to go musically". [85] In the same interview, he cited the deaths of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. as having a great effect on him during the period. [85] During the production of his second studio album D'Angelo recorded numerous hours of unreleased, original material, as well as covers of his influencers' material. [8] Collectively referred to by D'Angelo as "yoda", [86] these influencers included soul artist Al Green, funk artist George Clinton, and Afrobeat artist Fela Kuti. [8]

Personal life

In the 1990s, he dated soul singer Angie Stone and helped produce her debut album Black Diamond in 1999. They have a son, also named Michael, born in 1998. Following the suicide of his close friend, MTV-affiliate Fred Jordan, in April 2001, he started to develop a drinking problem. [12] By 2005, D'Angelo's girlfriend Cannelle Santos had left him, his attorney had become displeased with him, and most of his family was not in touch with him. [12] He also parted ways with manager Dominique Trenier and tour manager Alan Leeds. [12] After a car accident and an arrest on DUI and marijuana possession charges, D'Angelo left Virgin Records in 2005 and checked into the Crossroads Centre rehabilitation clinic in Antigua. [12]

In the years that followed, D'Angelo's personal problems worsened, descending to drug and alcohol addiction. In January 2005, he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine. Various mugshots began circulating around the time, showing the singer looking overweight and unhealthy, in stark contrast to the muscular D'Angelo seen in promotion for Voodoo. [59] In September 2005, a week after being sentenced on the drug charges, he was involved in a car accident, and was rumoured to be critically injured. However, a week after the crash, a statement was issued by D'Angelo's attorney stating that he was fine. [60]


Studio albums


Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1996 Brown Sugar Best R&B Album Nominated
"Brown Sugar" Best R&B Song Nominated
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
1997 "Lady"Nominated
1999 "Nothing Even Matters" (with Lauryn Hill) Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
2001 Voodoo Best R&B AlbumWon
"Untitled (How Does It Feel)"Best Male R&B Vocal PerformanceWon
Best R&B SongNominated
2003 "Be Here" (with Raphael Saadiq)Nominated
Best Urban/Alternative Performance Nominated
2004 "I'll Stay" (with Roy Hargrove)Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalsNominated
2016 Black Messiah Best R&B AlbumWon
"Really Love" Record of the Year Nominated
Best R&B SongWon

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