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Universal Motown recording artist Erykah Badu, best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music, is a four-time Grammy Award-winning American soul singer and songwriter. Known as the "First Lady of Neo-Soul," or the "Queen of Neo-Soul," Badu's sound—a concoction of soul, hip-hop, and jazz—cannot be contained within a single genre. Self-described as a "mother first," Badu is a touring artist, deejay, teacher, producer, community activist, holistic healer, doula, vegan, and conscious spirit. Baduizm, Badu's highly acclaimed debut album, was released in early 1997, went triple platinum, and, along with "On & On," won Grammy Awards at the 1998 ceremony. Her seminal works, such as Baduizm and the New AmErykah series, have successively upped the ante in terms of what can be done within the soul spectrum, fusing cosmic B-girl bravado with the forward-thinking sounds of producers such as the Soulquarians, Madlib, and Flying Lotus to create a sonically varied body of work, selling millions of albums in the process. Photo: Bode Helm
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