Babyface's Top 20 Career Highlights

Babyface Celebrates His 57th Birthday on April 10, 2016

Born April 10, 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is a 10-time Grammy Award winner and one of the most prolific artists, composers and producers in music history. Beginning his career as a member of the group The Deele, he was nicknamed "Babyface" by famed bass player Bootsy Collins.

Edmonds launched La'Face Records in 1989 with his composing/producing partner LA Reid, and they developed the careers of several stars including Usher, Toni Braxton, TLC, Outkast, Ciara, and Pink. He has created over 125 Top-10 R&B hits (over 40 number one songs) which have produced single and album sales in excess of 500 million units worldwide. His list of writing and producing credits is a who's who of music including Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Beyonce, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Barbara Streisand, Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, The Jacksons, Boyz II Men, Bobby Brown, and many more..

His numerous honors including Soul Train Legend and Entertainer of the Year, NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame, and being inducted into the BET Walk of Fame.

Here are "Babyface's Top 20 Career Highlights."

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November 6, 2015 - Soul Train Legend Award

Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds performing during the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/BET/Getty Images for BET

Epic Records Chairman L.A. Reid presented Babyface with the Legend  Award at the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards on November 6, 2015 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Following a musical tribute by Bobby Brown, Brandy, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, and Tevin Campbell, Babyface performed his classic 1990 hit, "Whip Appeal."

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October 10, 2013 - Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Usher, Sean Combs, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds and Antonio M. 'L.A.' Reid, attend the ceremony honoring Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 10, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (. Jonathan Leibson/WireImage

On October 10, 2013, Babyface received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Usher, Toni Braxton, Diddy and LA Reid attended the ceremony.

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March 10, 2007 - Soul Train Stevie Wonder Award

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Stevie Wonder and Babyface. Kevin Winter/Getty Image

On March 10, 2007, Babyface received the Stevie Wonder Award for Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting at the Soul Train Music Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

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November 17, 1998 - Whitney Houston 'My Love Is Your Love' CD

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Whitney Houston, Babyface, and Clive Davis. Lester Cohen/WireImage

Babyface produced four songs on Whitney Houston's fourth studio album, My Love Is Your Love, which was released on November 17, 1998. One of those songs, "When You Believe" featuring Mariah Carey, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1999. The album sold over ten million copies worldwide.

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February 25, 1998 - Grammy for Producer of the Year

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Babyface. Lester Cohen/WireImage

Babyface won Producer of the Year at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards held on February 25, 1998 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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February 14, 1998 - NAACP Entertainer of the Year

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Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Babyface, and Berry Gordy Jr. Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect

On February 14, 1998, Babyface was honored as Entertainer of the Year at the NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, in Pasadena, California.

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1997 - BET Walk of Fame

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Babyface. BET

In 1997, Babyface became the third inductee into the BET Walk of Fame in Washington, D.C. following Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.

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March 7, 1997 - Soul Train Entertainer of the Year

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Babyface during The 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. SGranitz/WireImage

On March 7, 1997 Babyface received the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year during the 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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February 26, 1997 - Three Grammy Awards including Producer of the Year

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Luther Vandross, Gladys Knight, and Babyface.

Babyface received three awards at the 39th annual Grammy Awards on February 26, 1997 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He won Producer of the Year, Record of the Year for producing "Change The World" by Eric Clapton, and Best Rhythm and Blues Song for "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" by Whitney Houston.

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October 29, 1996 - 'The Day' double platinum album

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Babyface and son Brandon. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

On October 29, 1996, Babyface released his fourth studio album, The Day, which was inspired by the birth of his son, Brandon. The album was certified double platinum and was nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year. It featured Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, and Eric Clapton.

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February 28, 1996 - Grammy Award for Producer of the Year

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Babyface at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards February 28, 1996 in Los Angeles, CA. Russell Einhorn/Liaison

On February 28, 1996, Babyface won his first Producer of the Year Award at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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November 14, 1995 - Composed and produced 'Waiting To Exhale' soundtrack

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Stars of 'Waitng To Exhale'. John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images

Babyface composed and produced the all-star Waiting to Exhale soundtrack which was released November 14, 1995. The album featured Whitney Houston (who starred in the film), Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Brandy, and more outstanding female artists. The album received eleven Grammy nominations including Album of the Year and sold over seven million copies. It remained at number one on the Billboard 200 for five weeks, and topped the R&B chart for ten weeks. In addition to writing and producing the soundtrack, Babyface also scored the film.

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March 1, 1995 - Two Grammy Awards

Babyface. M. Caulfield/WireImage

Babyface received two awards at the 37th Annual Grammy Awards on March 1, 1995 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. He was Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "When Can I See You," and Best R&B Song for "I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men.

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March 1, 1994 -Grammy Award: Album of the Year for 'The Bodyguard' soundtrack

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Whitney Houston in 'The Bodyguard'. Fotos International/Getty Images

On March 1, 1994, Babyface won a Grammy for Album of the Year as a producer for The Bodyguard soundtrack at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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August 24, 1993 - 'For The Cool In You' triple platinum album

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On August 24, 1993, Babyface released his third studio album, For The Cool In You, featuring the hit single, "Never Keeping Secrets." The album was certified triple platinum.

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February 24, 1993 - Grammy for composing Boyz II Men's "End of the Road"

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Babyface. Vince Bucci/Getty Images

On February 24, 1993, Babyface won Best R&B Song for composing "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men at the 35th annual Grammy Awards presented at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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November 6, 1990 - Whitney Houston 'I'm Your Baby Tonight' album

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Babyface and Whitney Houston. Michael Caulfield/WireImage

Babyface composed and produced four songs, including the title tune, for Whitney Houston's I'm Your Baby Tonight album which was released on November 6, 1990. The album was sold over 13 million copies worldwide.

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July 30, 1989 - 'Tender Lover' triple platinum album

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On July 30, 1989, Babyface released his second album, Tender Lover.featuring the hits "Whip Appeal" and "It's No Crime." The album was certified triple platinum.

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1989 - Launched La'Face Records with LA Reid

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Babyface and LA Reid. Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

In 1989, Babyface and his writing/producing partner LA Reid launched La'Face Records in Atlanta, Georgia. The label developed the careers of several stars including Usher, Toni Braxton, TLC, Outkast, Cee-Lo Green, Pink, and Ciara.

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June 20, 1988 - Bobby Brown 'Don't Be Cruel' album

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Bobby Brown. Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Babyface wrote and produced six songs, including "Every Little Step"and the title tune, for Bobby Brown's Don't Be Cruel album which was released on June 20, 1988. The album sold over seven million copies.