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BIRTHDAY: May 26, 1975
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Doo Wop (That Thing)" (1999)
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BIGGEST LP: The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (1998)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 5
button.gif (123 bytes) "I don't feel like my money or my success defines me. I've always been very happy just bein' me." - Lauryn Hill

 
TIMELINE

Lauryn Hillbutton.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn Hill was born May 26, 1975 in New Jersey. By the age of 24, Lauryn had already been involved in a successful, multi-platinum hip-hip group and had released a solo LP that garnished universal praise and commercial success. Early accomplishments for Lauryn came in the form of being the president of her class while in middle school, singing in a gospel choir, joining basketball and track, being homecoming queen, and starting a 'breakfast club' for children coming to school without eating breakfast. Lauryn love for music led to her singing at the Apollo at age 13 during amateur night (singing a Smokey Robinson's "Who's Loving You." Before graduating high school, Lauryn was already seeking fame with acting. Lauryn's acting career has included a stint on As The World Turns (starting in 1991) and a role in Sister Act II: Back In The Habit (1993). While in high school, Lauryn also began singing with Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel as the "Tranzlator Crew" (which eventually evolved into the Fugees in 1994). The Fugees hit it big on the charts and in the record stores in 1996. Lauryn is also involved in the non-profit organization, The Refugee Camp Youth Project who's goal is to improve the quality of life for inner-city children.

1998... # 22 Singles Artist of the Year

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn hit the Top 40 with "
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" (from the film Conspiracy Theory).

August
Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hillbutton.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn released her highly-anticipated solo LP, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. Lauryn explained the LP's title: "...the concept of 'Miseducation' is not really miseducation at all. To me, it's more or less switching the terminology... it's really about the things that you've learned outside of school, outside of what society deems appropriate and mandatory. I have a lot of respect for academia... But there was a lot that I had to learn - life lessons - that wasn't part of any scholastic curriculum. It's really our passage into adulthood when we leave that place of idealism and naivete." The first single "Doo Wop (That Thing)" became her first solo Top 10 hit. A hidden track from the LP, "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" was making waves on the radio before the LP.

September
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The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart (and stayed for 4 weeks) with over 423,000 copies sold in its first week and topped the Billboard R&B Album chart for 6 weeks.
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The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill topped the Billboard R&B Albums chart for 5 weeks.
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn hit the Top 40 with "
Doo Wop (That Thing)."
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn topped the Billboard R&B Singles Airplay chart with "
Doo Wop (That Thing)" for 9 weeks.
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The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill was certified 2x platinum by the end of the month.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn was hit with a $6 million lawsuit by 4 musicians who are suing for unpaid work on her solo LP.
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Aretha Franklin with her LP, A Rose Is Still A Rose.
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The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill was certified 3x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn hit the
Top 10 with "Doo Wop (That Thing)."
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Doo Wop (That Thing)" topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for 2 weeks, the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for a week, and the Rap Singles chart for 4 weeks.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "
Doo Wop (That Thing)" was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn topped the Billboard Year-End Charts with the Top R&B Album (The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill) and as the Top R&B Album Artist - Female.

button.gif (123 bytes) Accolades for Lauryn started toward the end of the year with Rolling Stone recognition for Best Album, Best Single ("Doo Wop (That Thing)"), Best Female Artist, Best R&B Artist and the reader's poll Best R&B Artist. Spin also named Lauryn Artist of the Year and Best Album of 1998 and People included Lauryn as one of the "25 Most Intriguing People of 1998."

1999... # 28 Singles Artist of the Year

January
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American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist.

February
Lauryn Hill
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn took home 5 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year (The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill), Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female ("Doo Wop (That Thing)"), Best New Artist, Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("Doo Wop (That Thing)"). She was also nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You"), Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("A Rose Is Still A Rose" (by Aretha Franklin)), Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Nothing Even Matters" (with D'Angelo)), Best Rap Solo Performance ("The Lost Ones"), and Producer of the Year (non-classical). She had become the first woman in Grammy history to achieve 11 nominations in 1 year. In her acceptance speech for Album of the Year, Lauryn said, "...this is crazy because this is hip-hip music..."
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The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill was certified 4x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn hit the Top 40 with "
Ex-Factor."

March
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The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill was certified 5x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn hit the Top 40 with her tribute to her son, "
To Zion."

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn took home a Blockbuster Award for Favorite New Artist - Female.

June
Lauryn Hill - "Everything Is Everything" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn talked with reporters in London about her concerns of vulgar lyrics: "Motherhood... one thing I realized when you have kids you should be careful with your lyrical content. Most people wouldn't want their kids to listen to music with 'motherf*****' and 'f*** that'... That has had an impact on me as my son is very impressionable. For a large part of the community music is actually parenting. It's like a surrogate parent."
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn hit the Top 40 with "
Everything Is Everything."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn was named New Artist of the Year, Solo and won Album of the Year at the Source Hip-Hip Music Awards.
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "
Everything Is Everything" was certified gold.

September
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MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best R&B Video, and Best Art Direction (Gideon Ponte) ("Doo Wop (That Thing)") and was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video.
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn won 3 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for R&B/Soul Album of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Single, Solo ("
Ex-Factor"), and Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video ("Doo Wop (That Thing)") and was nominated for Best R&B/Soul Album.
button.gif (123 bytes) Hill was nominated for 2 VH1 Fashion Awards for Most Fashionable Artist (Female) and the Visionary Video Award.

October
Best Man soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn was nominated for 3 MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Female Artist, Best Album, and Best R&B Artist and won a a WB Radio Music Award for Artist of the Year (Rhythm/Urban).
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The Best Man soundtrack with her version of "Turn Your Lights Down Low" 'dueting' with the late Bob Marley.
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The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill was certified 7x platinum.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn could be heard on Rosie O'Donnell's holiday LP,
A Rosie Christmas, on the track "Little Drummer Boy."

December
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Billboard Year-End Chart-Toppers as the Top R&B / Hip-Hop Artist - Female (singles & albums) and Top R&B / Hip-Hop Album Artist - Female.

button.gif (123 bytes) MTV: 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made includes "Everything Is Everything" at # 52.

button.gif (123 bytes) Additional awards won by Lauryn over the year included 4 NAACP Image Awards for Best Album, Best New Artist, Outstanding Female Artist, and the President's Award for the Refugee Project and 4 Soul Train Music Awards for Best Female R&B/Soul Album, Best Music Video ("Doo Wop (That Thing)"), Best R&B/Soul or Rap Album, and the Sammy Davis, Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award (and was also nominated for Best R&B/Soul Single, Female).

2000...

January
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American Music Awards for Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist and Favorite R&B Album.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn was nominated for 2 more
Grammy Awards for Best Music Video, Short Form ("Everything Is Everything") and Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("All That I Can Say").

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Female ("
Ex-Factor").

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn won 3 World Music Award for World's Best-Selling Female R&B Artist, Female Rap Artist, and New Artist.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn was nominated for a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B/Soul Single - Solo ("
Everything Is Everything").

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video "
Everything Is Everything" was nominated for 3 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Direction (Sanji), and Best Special Effects (Method).

2001...

January
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VH1: 100 Greatest Albums includes The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill at # 37.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("Turn Your Lights Down Low" with Bob Marley from The Best Man soundtrack).
button.gif (123 bytes) After 2 years, a lawsuit against Lauryn by 4 musicians claiming they weren't compensated properly for work on her LP was settled.

May
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VH1: 100 Greatest Videos includes: # 74 - "Doo Wop (That Thing)."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill was certified 8x platinum.

2002...

May
Lauryn Hill - MTV Unplugged No. 2.0button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn released a double LP of her Unplugged appearance on MTV - MTV Unplugged No. 2.0.
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn appeared on the soundtrack for
Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood with "Selah."

June
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MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 was certified platinum.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn ranked # 22 on VH1: 100 Sexiest Artists.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: 50 Essential 'Woman In Rock' Albums includes The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill at # 32.

2003...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance - Female ("Mystery Of Inequity").

April
button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists includes Lauryn at # 17.

December
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-Timebutton.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn appeared at a Vatican concert and according to the newspaper La Repubblica, unexpectedly used the forum to speak her mind against abusive priests.
button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: # 312: The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

2004...

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn could be heard on the
Passion Of The Christ: Songs compilation with "The Passion."

button.gif (123 bytes) # 311 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("So High" with John Legend).

2007..

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauryn could be heard on the Joss Stone LP Introducing Joss Stone with the track "Music."

2008...

June
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Entertainment Weekly: 100 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years included The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill at # 2.

2013...

June
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Lauryn Hill - 'The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill'
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The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: August, 1998
US: 8x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 4 weeks)
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Intro" - "Lost Ones" (with D'Angelo) - "Ex-Factor" - "To Zion" - "Doo Wop (That Thing)" - "Superstar" - "Final Hour" - "When It Hurts So Bad" - "I Used To Love Him" - "Forgive Them Father" - "Every Ghetto, Every City" - "Nothing Even Matters" - "Everything Is Everything" - "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill" - "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" - "Sweetest Thing" (Mahogany Mix)
Lauryn Hill - 'MTV Unplugged No. 2.0'
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MTV Unplugged No. 2.0
Released: May, 2002
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 3
Rolling Stone review: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Unplugged Tracks: "Intro" - "Mr. Intentional" - "Adam Lives In Theory" - "Interlude 1" - "Oh Jerusalem" - "Interlude 2" - "Freedom Time" - "Interlude 3" - "I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel)" - "Just Like Water" - "Interlude 4" - "Just Want You Around" - "I Gotta Find Peace Of Mind" - "Interlude 5" - "Mystery Of Iniquirty" - "Interlude 6" - "I Get Out" - "Interlude 7" - "I Remember" - "So Much Things To Say" - "The Conquering Lion" - "Outro"
 
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