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REAL NAME: Dana Elaine Owens
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BIRTHDAY: March 18, 1970
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "U.N.I.T.Y." (1994)
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BIGGEST LP: Black Reign (1993)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 1
button.gif (123 bytes) "Living for today will bring about dying for today. You can't just think, 'I'm going to die anyway,' because that's what's stopping us from moving forward." - Queen Latifah, 1996

 
TIMELINE

Queen Latifahbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah was born Dana Owens in Newark, NJ on March 18, 1970. Latifah is Arabic for delicate and sensitive and picked by her when she was 8. Queen Latifah is probably the most well-known and respected female rapper in the industry with her strong, empowering lyrics and personable style. Latifah demonstrated that black women can be portrayed as intelligent and beautiful instead of being sexual props in her male counterpart's videos.

1989...

November
Queen Latifah - All Hail The Queenbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah's debut LP, All Hail The Queen was released and contained her first hit on R&B radio, "Ladies First" as well as "Dance For Me" and "Wrath Of My Madness." Guests on the LP included De La Soul and Monie Love. As CMJ New Music Report put it, "Male rappers step off, because the Queen has arrived." Critics applauded her message and musical style of rap, R&B, and even reggae.

1990...

May
Queen Latifah - Ladies First (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah helped out David Bowie on one of his remixes of "Fame 90."

1991...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance (All Hail The Queen).

September
Queen Latifah - Nature Of A Sista'button.gif (123 bytes) Similar praise followed her next release, Nature Of A Sista - Q magazine said of the LP, "...her true potential is now being revealed." Latifah had the ability of singing from her heart with the influence of her mind.

button.gif (123 bytes) Latifah later signed with Motown Records after Tommy Boy Records didn't re-sign her contract.

1992...

February
Queen Latifah - Fly Girl (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Latifah was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance ("Fly Girl").

1993... # 170 Singles Artist of the Year

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Latifah was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance ("Latifah's Had It Up 2 Here").

November
Queen Latifah - Black Reignbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah had her high success with the release of Black Reign which included the Top 20 hit "U.N.I.T.Y." The LP gave Latifah more exposure on radio and on video channels. The song "U.N.I.T.Y." epitomized Latifah's strong woman stance and went on to win her a Grammy Award. Q magazine said of the LP, "...out of the sea of bland and repetitive rap albums currently nailing the coffin shut on the legacy of funk comes a welcome life raft of sanity..." and Entertainment Weekly said, "...she is probably hip hop's most assured and exciting female performer..."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah hit the Top 40 with "U.N.I.T.Y."

Set It Off DVDbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah has also found success acting with several movie appearances including Set It Off, House Party 2, Juice, and Jungle Fever, and a popular TV sitcom Living Single which began airing on FOX.

button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah also has her own management company called Flavor Unit Entertainment (home of Flavor Unit Records) which represents such acts as Naughty By Nature, L.L. Cool J, Monica, and SWV.

Queen Latifah - U.N.I.T.Y. (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Much of Latifah's popularity has developed not just from her music or acting, but from her humanity. After experiencing her brother's death in the early 1990s (which inspired much of the determination found on Black Reign) and having been a victim of car-jacking, Latifah has shown how to rise above tragedy with class, direction and empowerment.

1994... # 81 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales chart for a week with "U.N.I.T.Y."

April
Queen Latifah - Just Another Day... (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Black Reign was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah hit the Top 40 with "Just Another Day."

1995...

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance ("U.N.I.T.Y.").

1996...

February
Set It Off soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah was arrested for drug and weapons charges after she was stopped for speeding in California and a loaded gun and marijuana were found in the vehicle. Latifah later confessed the incident was unfortunate and reflected a downward spiral resulting from the car-jacking and the continuing feelings of loss over her brother's death. She said of the incident: "I made decisions that I regret, and I took them as learning experiences... I'm human, not perfect, like anybody else." Latifah later entered guilty pleas and was fined for the incident.

September
Queen Latifah - It's Alright (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah appeared in the film and on the soundtrack for the Set It Off soundtrack.

1997...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock And Roll includes "Ladies First."

September
Nothing To Lose soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) The 1997 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards honored Queen Latifah with the "Aretha Franklin Award" for "Entertainer of the Year."
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah could be heard on the soundtrack for
Nothing To Lose with "It's Alright."

1998... # 194 Singles Artist of the Year

button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah's sitcom Living Single may have been "let go" by the Fox network in '97, but her acting streak got even bigger with a role in the movie Sphere co-starring with Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sharon Stone.

June
Queen Latifah - Order In The Courtbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah unleashed her next LP, Order In The Court with the first single, "Bananas." She said to MTV: "A lot of queens came along while I was away from my throne for a moment... and its all good. I don't knock anybody, but I'm holding my spot... The thing about me is that I've never competed with anyone else because I've always done my own thing. So in my mind, I'm not in competition with any other female rappers out there. No other female rapper can make Latifah records, just like I can't make Foxy records, I can't make Kim records, I can't make Missy records. They're individuals and I'm an individual. But this is what I do, I'll assert myself in my own way, and I'll hold my throne like I always do."

button.gif (123 bytes) During the summer, Latifah also played some dates with the Lilith Fair tour.

September
Queen Latifah - Paper (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah talked with CNN: "I've always been a person who cuts my own mold... I don't follow trends... I try to be current but I don't follow what everyone else is doing... Just because some rappers chose to sell the sex - I'm a big woman and I'm not going to embarrass myself by pulling my gut out... I can be sexy and sensual in my own way... besides, I think big chicks rule."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah could be seen in the film, Living Out Loud, as a jazz singer. The film's soundtrack will also feature 3 jazz standards sung by Latifah: "Lush Life," "Goin' Out Of My Head," and "Be Anything (But Be Mine)." Latifah could also be seen in the TV mini-series Mama Flora's Family (a Roots sequel) on CBS, and in The Bone Collector with Denzel Washington.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah was named one of the 'Most Fascinating Women of 1998' by Ladies Home Journal.

1999...

Living Out Loud soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah was nominated for 2 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Living Out Loud) and Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie/Mini-Series/Dramatic Special (Mama Flora's Family).

June
button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll included Queen Latifah at # 72.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Latifah talked with TV Guide about her new talk show: "We're going to be sort of Oprah-meets-Rosie-meets-Chris Rock... we'll deal with news events, issues and celebrities just doing their own thing."

2000...

February
Ladies First: Revelations Of A Strong Womanbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah hit the bookstores with Ladies First: Revelations Of A Strong Woman.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah demonstrated her vocal range at the Academy Awards during a Best Song melody.

April
Queen Latifahbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah joined Melissa Etheridge, Garth Brooks, the Pet Shop Boys, k.d. lang, and George Michael to perform April 29th in Washington, DC as part of 'Equality Rocks' - a benefit concert in support of a gay and lesbian human rights campaign (Human Rights Campaign).

2002...

October
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Queen Latifah could be seen in the film Brown Sugar.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah was pulled over by California police and arrested for driving under the influence after failing a sobriety test.

December
Queen Latifah - She's A Queen: A Collection Of Hitsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah released a hits collection - She's A Queen: A Collection Of Hits.

2003...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah pleaded guilty to driving under the influence charges stemming from last November and was placed on 3 years probation, fined $300, and ordered to get alcohol counseling.
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Queen Latifah was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Chicago.
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Queen Latifah could be heard on the soundtrack for Chicago with the track "Cell Block Tango" (which also features Lil' Kim and Macy Gray).

March
Chicago soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah co-hosted the Soul Train Music Awards.
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Queen Latifah could be seen on the big screen with Steve Martin in Bringing Down The House - a film she also co-executive produced. The film was the #1 movie its debut weekend - bringing in over $31 million.
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Queen Latifah was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Chicago. She won a SAG Awards as part of Best Cast Performance.
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Queen Latifah was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Chicago.
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Queen Latifah was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Chicago. She said of the nomination: "I felt like doors opened for the future. That maybe the rappers-turned-actors who really have talent and put work into the craft, can make a serious career of it because it's been done. The precedent has been set."
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah was hit with a $15 million lawsuit by a writer claiming the film
Bringing Down The House was her idea.

April
button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists includes Queen Latifah at # 24.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah hosted and performed on VH1's Diva Duets 2003.

October
Chicago DVDbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah could be seen in the film Scary Movie 3.
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah could be heard dueting with Rod Stewart on "As Time Goes By" on Stewart's LP As Time Goes By... The Great American Songbook, Volume II.

2004...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance - Female ("Go Head").
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah could be seen in the film Barbershop 2: Back In Business.

March
Queen Latifah - Dana Owens Albumbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah won a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Bringing Down The House).

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah released her next LP Dana Owens Album - a collection of standards and covers.

October
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Queen Latifah could be seen in the film Taxi.
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Queen Latifah hosted and performed on Saturday Night Live.

2005...

January
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Dana Owens Album was certified gold.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah hosted the Grammy Awards and was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album Dana Owens Album).

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah could be seen in the film Beauty Shop.
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah won a Kid's Choice Award for the Wannabe Award - the celebrity kids most want to be like.

2006..

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah became the first rap artist to be awarded with a star on the Hollywood Wak of Fame.
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah could be seen in the film
Last Holiday with LL Cool J.

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah could be heard as one of the voices in the animated film
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah could be seen in the film Stranger Than Fiction.

2007..

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah could be heard on the compilation LP We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady Of Song on the track "The Lady Is A Tramp."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah could be seen in the film Hairspray.
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Life Support).

September
Queen Latifah - Trav'lin' Lightbutton.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah released Trav'lin' Light.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah topped the Billboard Top Jazz chart with
Trav'lin' Light.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah performed at the American Music Awards.

2008..

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah won a Golden Globe Award for Best Peformance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Life Support) and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the same performance later in the month.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Trav'in' Light).

October
Queen Latifah - 'Persona'button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah could be seen in the film The Secret Life Of Bees.

2009...

August
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Persona.

2011...

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Queen Latifah could be heard on the
Tony Bennett LP Duets II on the track "Who Can I Turn To."



LPs
Queen Latifah - All Hail The Queen All Hail The Queen
Released: November, 1989
Billboard peak: # 124
Rolling Stone review: 5 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Dance For Me" - "Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children" - "Come Into My House" - "Latifah's Law" - "Wrath Of My Madness" - "The Pros" - "Ladies First" - "A King And Queen Creation" - "Queen Of Royal Badness" - "Evil That Men Do" - "Princess Of The Posse" - "Inside Out" - "Dance 4 Me" (Ultimatum Remix) - "Wrath Of My Madness" (Soulshock Remix) - "Princess Of The Posse" (DJ Mark The 45 King Remix)
Queen Latifah - Nature Of A Sista' Nature Of A Sista'
Released: September, 1991
Billboard peak: # 117
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: A
Tracks: "Latifah's Had It Up 2 Here" - "Nuff' Of The Ruff' Stuff'" - "One Mo' Time" - "Give Me Your Love" - "Love Again" - "Bad As A Mutha" - "Fly Girl" - "Sexy Fancy" - "Nature Of A Sista'" - "That The Way We Flow" - "If You Don't Know" - "How Do I Love Thee"
Queen Latifah - Black Reign Black Reign
Released: November, 1993
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 60
Available on iTunesTracks: "Black Hand Side" - "Listen 2 Me" - "I Can't Understand" - "Rough" - "The D.J.'s " - "Bring The Flavor" - "Coochie Bang..." - "Superstar" - "No Work" - "Just Another Day..." - "U.N.I.T.Y." - "Weekend Love" - "Mood Is Right" - "Winki's Theme"
Queen Latifah - Order In The Court Order In The Court
Released: June, 1998
Billboard peak: # 95
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: A-
Available on iTunesTracks: "Bananas" - "Court Is In Session" - "No/Yes" - "Turn You On" - "Black On Black Love" - "Parlay" - "Paper" - "What Ya Gonna Do" - "It's Alright" - "Brownsville" - "I Don't Know" (featuring Sisqo) - "Life"
Queen Latifah - She's A Queen: A Collection Of Hits She's A Queen: A Collection Of Hits
Released: December, 2002
Available on iTunesTracks: "For The Love Of Money" - "Ladies First" - "She's A Queen" - "Fly Girl" - "Latifah's Had It Up 2 Here" - "U.N.I.T.Y." - "Black Hand Side" - "Go Head" - "Just Another Day" - "Set It Off" - "Paper" - "It's Alright" - "Come Into My House"
Chicago soundtrack Chicago
Released: January , 2002
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 2 - Entertainment Weekly: A-
Available on iTunesQueen Latifah Tracks: "When You're Good To Mama" - "Class" (with Catherine Zeta-Jones) - "Cell Block Tango / He Had It Comin;" (with Lil' Kim & Macy Gray)
Queen Latifah - Dana Owens Album Dana Owens Album
Released: September, 2004
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 16
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: C
Available on iTunesTracks: "Baby Get Lost" - "I Put A Spell On You" - "Simply Beautiful" - "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" - "Moody's Mood For Love" - "Close Your Eyes" - "California Dreamin'" - "Hard Times" - "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" - "Hello Stranger" - "If I Had You" - "Lush Life"
Queen Latifah - Trav'lin' Light Trav'lin' Light
Released: September, 2007
Billboard peak: # 11
Entertainment Weekly: C+
Available on iTunesTracks: "Poetry Man" - "Georgia Rose" - "Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars" - "Don't Cry Baby" - "I Love Being Here With You" - "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die" - "Trav'lin' Light" - "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl" - "I'm Not In Love" - "What Love Has Joined Together" - "How Long (Betcha Got A Chick On The Side)" - "Gone Away" - "I Know Where I've Bee"
Queen Latifah - 'Persona'
Available for download at iTunes
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Persona
Released: August, 2009
Billboard peak: # 25
Rolling Stone: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "The Light" - "Fast Car" (with Missy Elliott) - "Cue The Rain" - "My Couch" (with Cool & Dre) - "Take Me (With You)" (with Marsha Ambrosius) - "With You" - "Hard To Love Ya" (with Busta Rhymes, Shawn Stockman & Dre) - "What's The Plan" - "Long Ass Week" - "Runnin'" - "People" (with Mary J. Blige) - "If He Wanna" (with Serani) - "Over The Mountain" (with Skitz) - "The World"
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POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Queen Latifah - U.N.I.T.Y. (Single)U.N.I.T.Y.
from Black Reign
ARC Chart Run:
40 - 34 - 30 - 27 - 24 - 21 - 17 - 17 - 25 - 34 - 39 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
98
Grammy Winner:
Best Rap Solo Performance
17 11 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Available on iTunes

2 Queen Latifah - Just Another Day... (Single)Just Another Day...
from Black Reign
ARC Chart Run:
38 - 35 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
209
35 2 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Available on iTunes

 
  Queen Latifah - Ladies First (Single)Ladies First
from All Hail The Queen
** ** 1989 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Queen Latifah - All Hail The Queen

  Queen Latifah - Come Into My House (Single)Come Into My House
from All Hail The Queen
** ** 1989 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Queen Latifah - All Hail The Queen

  CD Single Available at Amazon.comHow Do I Love Thee
from
Nature Of A Sista
** ** 1992 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Queen Latifah - Nature Of A Sista'

  CD Single Available at Amazon.comLatifah's Had It Up To Here
from
Nature Of A Sista
Grammy Nominee:
Best Rap Solo Performance
** ** 1991 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Queen Latifah - Nature Of A Sista'

  Queen Latifah - Fly Girl (Single)Fly Girl
from
Nature Of A Sista
Grammy Nominee:
Best Rap Solo Performance
** ** 1992 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Queen Latifah - Nature Of A Sista'

  CD Single Available at Amazon.comHow Do I Love Thee
from Black Reign
** ** 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Available on iTunes

  CD Single Available at Amazon.comWeekend Love
from Black Reign
** ** 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Available on iTunes

  Queen Latifah - It's Alright (Single)It's Alright
from Order In The Court
** ** 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Available on iTunes

  Queen Latifah - Paper (Single)Paper
from Order In The Court
** ** 1998 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Available on iTunes

  Poetry Man
from
Trav'lin' Light
** ** 2008 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Available on iTunes

 
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