Artist verifiedErykah Badu

Erykah Badu, the Grammy Award-winning artist who blends soul, hip-hop and jazz!

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Biography Erykah Badu is a Grammy Award-winning American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is best known for her unique style of blending soul, hip-hop and jazz in her music. Born Erica Abi Wright on February 26, 1971 in Dallas, Texas, she was raised by her mother, Kolleen Maria Gipson, a single parent who worked as a manager for a phone company. From an early age, Badu was influenced by the music of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Roberta Flack. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas where she studied theater and dance. <br><br>In 1994, Badu moved to South Oak Cliff in Dallas where she met producer/MC Carl Thomas. With his help she released her debut album, Baduizm in 1997 which included the hit single “On & On.” The album eventually sold over three million copies worldwide and earned her two Grammy Awards. In 2000, Badu released her second album Mama's Gun which included hits such as “Bag Lady” and “Didn't Cha Know?” In 2003 she released her third studio album Worldwide Underground which featured the single “Danger” featuring the Roots. She followed this up with New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) in 2008 and New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) in 2010. <br><br>In addition to her music career, Badu has acted in several films including The Cider House Rules (1999), Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) and The Fighting Temptations (2003). She has also appeared on television shows such as Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2009 she launched a clothing line called FatBellyBella. In 2011 she founded the charity group Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-Profit Development which helps homeless women and children in Dallas.Awards & Accolades Badu has been nominated for over 30 awards throughout her career including 11 Grammy Awards of which she has won three for Best R&B Album for New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) (2008) and Mama's Gun (2001), and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “On & On” (1998). She has also won awards from BET Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards and Urban Music Awards.