Real name: Brandy Norwood
Birthdate: February 11, 1979
Partner: Robert Smith
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While maintaining a recording career Norwood also gained fame for starring in several film and television productions, including popular UPN sitcom Moesha (1996-2001), a 1997 version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella and a supporting role in the 1998 horror sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer among others.
Norwood has sold over fourteen million albums worldwide. The RIAA ranks her as one of the best-selling female artists in American music history having sold 10.5 million albums.
In 1996, Brandy teamed up with Tamia, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight, for the single "Missing You," released from the Set It Off soundtrack. Even with the superstar lineup, it was Brandy's least successful single yet, but was still a moderate hit, and peaked at number 25 on the pop chart. The song won Norwood her third Grammy nomination in the "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" category.
During the production of her third studio album, Norwood became romantically involved with producer Robert "Big Bert" Smith. The couple quietly "married" in the summer of 2001 but their union did not become known until February 2002 – the same month Norwood revealed that she was expecting her first child. However, shortly after the birth of their daughter Sy'rai Iman Smith on June 16, 2002 – an event tracked by the four-part MTV reality series Special Delivery – Norwood "divorced" Smith. The "marriage" itself was later exposed as not of legal status but instead was used as a ruse to protect Brandy's image. Norwood later stated that she regarded her relationship with Smith as a "spiritual union and true commitment to each other".
Returning from yet another musical hiatus, Brandy's fourth album Afrodisiac was released on June 29, 2004 in North America, amidst both her weakest promotional blitz ever and the well-publicized termination of her short-lived business relationship with entertainment manager Benny Medina. Norwood ended her contract with his Los Angeles-based Handprint Entertainment after less than a year of representation following controversies surrounding Medina's handling of the lead single "Talk About Our Love", and failed talks of a purported co-headlining tour with R&B singer Usher. Upon parting Norwood admitted her switch to Medina made her appreciate what she had with her mother, stating that "It was such a drastic change that it didn't work for me. Nobody out there can match her passion for me."
In June 2006, Norwood was cast as one of three talent judges on the first season of America's Got Talent, an amateur talent contest on NBC with executive producer Simon Cowell and host Regis Philbin. The broadcast was one of the most-watched programmes of the summer, and concluded on August 17, 2006 with the win of 11-year-old singer Bianca Ryan. Brandy was originally scheduled to return for a second season of the show in summer 2007, but eventually decided to step down following her recent legal woes, feeling that "she couldn't give the new season the attention and commitment it deserved." She was replaced by U.S. reality TV star Sharon Osbourne.
Studio albums: Brandy (1994) · Never Say Never (1998) · Full Moon (2002) · Afrodisiac (2004) · Fifth Studio Album (2007)