Real name: Lauryn Hill
Birthdate: June 25, 1975
Partner: Rohan Marley
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Lauryn Noel Hill-Marley (born May 25, 1975) is an American vocalist, singer, rapper, musician, record producer and film actress. She initially established her reputation as the most visible and vocal member of The Fugees. On August 25, 1998 she launched her solo career by releasing the critically lauded album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, bringing the then-emerging neo-soul genre to a wider commercial platform. After a four year hiatus, she released the controversial MTV Unplugged No. 2.0; a live album of completely original material (except for So Much Things to Say and The Conquering Lion). She has won eight Grammy Awards and is the mother of four children with Rohan Marley, the seventh son of reggae legend Bob Marley.
Hill appeared on the soap opera, As The World Turns as Kira Johnson. In December 1993, she starred with Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act 2. In the film, she performed the songs "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" (a duet with Tanya Blount) and "Joyful, Joyful" . It was in this role, as Rita, that she first came to national prominence, with Roger Ebert calling her "the girl with the big joyful voice". Although Sister Act I and II were originally conceived as vehicles for comedian Whoopi Goldberg, the second installment won Lauryn equal notice.
Soon after the album became a global success, Hill and her recording company were sued by Vada Nobles, Rasheem Pugh, Johari Newton and Tejumold Newton, known as New Ark Entertainment, who claimed to have been denied full credit and compensation for their assistance on the album. Initially, Hill fought back and denied what they claimed was production input. But the matter was settled, and they received an undisclosed amount of money and were given credit for drum programming and a small amount of production work.
The Fugees embarked on a European tour from November 30, 2005, through December 20, 2005. The group played Austria, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, England, Ireland and Switzerland.
—I am sorry if I am about to offend some of you. I did not accept my invitation to celebrate with you the birth of Christ. Instead I ask you why you are not in mourning for him in this place? I want to ask you, what have you got to say about the lives you have broken? What about the families who were expecting God and instead were cheated by the Devil? Who feels sorry for them, the men, women and children damaged psychologically, emotionally and mentally by the sexual perversions and abuse carried out by the people they believed in? Holy God is a witness to the corruption of your leadership, of the exploitation and abuses which are the minimum that can be said for the clergy. There is no acceptable excuse to defend the church.
As of 2006, Lauryn Hill has won over 30 awards, including eight Grammy Awards and three World best-selling Music Awards. She is first of only seven female artists awarded five Grammys in one year; the others being Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, and the members of Dixie Chicks.
MTV Video Music Awards
- Video of the Year
- Best Female Video,
- Best R&B Video, and
- Best Art Direction (Gideon Ponte) - Doo Wop (That Thing)
Soul Train Lady of Soul
- R&B/Soul Album of the Year
- Best R&B/Soul Single, Solo (Ex-Factor)
- Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video (Doo Wop (That Thing))