Erykah Badu's Ten Greatest Moments

Badu Celebrated 45th Birthday on February 26, 2016

Born in Dallas, Texas on February 26, 1971, Erykah Badu has won numerous awards in her career, including four Grammys, three Soul Train Music Awards, and three Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. She has also been honored with two BET Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and one American Music Award.

Badu launched her recording career in 1997 with her debut album Baduizm which was certified triple platinum featuring the number one singles "On and On" and "Next Lifetime." Her second album, Live, in 1997, contained the number one single "Tyrone" and sold over two million copies. Known as the "Queen of Neo-Soul," Badu also hit number one with "Bag Lady" in 2000, and "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop") in 2002 from the Brown Sugar soundtrack.

She has collaborated with numerous artists, including D'Angelo, Common, The Roots, will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, Outkast, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Roy Ayers, Macy Gray, Robert Glasper, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Wu-Tang Clan, and Sergio Mendes.

As an actress, Badu has appeared in the movies Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules and House of D. She also hosted the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards on November 6, 2015 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Three weeks later, on November 27, 2015, Badu released a new mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone. 

Here are "Ten Reasons Why Erykah Badu is the Queen of Neo-Soul."

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September 5, 1997 - Three Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards

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Eryka Badu at the 1997 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Los Angeles, California. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

On September 5, 1997, Erykah Badu won three trophies at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Los Angeles, California. "On and On" was named Favorite Female Solo Single, and Best R&B/Soul or Rap Song of the Year, and she received the Favorite Female Solo Album award for her debut album, Baduizm.

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January 26, 1998 - American Music Award for Favorite R&B New Artist

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Erykah Badu at the American Music Awards on January 26, 1998 in Los Angeles, California. SGranitz/WireImage

On January 26, 1998, Erykah Badu won Favorite R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist at the 25th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California.

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February 14, 1998 - Two NAACP Image Awards

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Erykah Badu. Kevin Mazur Archive 1/WireImage

Erykah Badu won Outstanding Female Artist, and Outstanding New Artist, on February 14, 1998 at the 29th annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

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February 25, 1998 - Two Grammy Awards

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Erykah Badu and Wyclef Jean performing at the Grammy Awards on February 25, 1998 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. KMazur/WireImage

On February 25, 1998, Erykah Badu won Best R&B Album for Baduizm, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance  for "On and On," at the 40th annual Grammy Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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February 27, 1998 - Three Soul Train Music Awards

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Erykah Badu at Soul Train Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on February 27, 1998. SGranitz/WireImage

On February 27, 1998, Erykah Badu won three trophies at the Soul Train Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. She was named Favorite New R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, Baduizm was voted Favorite Female Solo Album, and "On and On" was chosen Favorite Female Solo Single.

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February 23, 2000 - Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group

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Erykah Badu at the Grammy Awards on February 23, 2000 held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. SGranitz/WireImage

Erykah Badu, Eve, and The Roots won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "You Got Me" at the 42nd annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 23, 2000.

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February 23, 2003 - Grammy Award for Best R&B Song

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Common and Erykah Badu at the Grammy Awards on February 23, 2003 held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Steve Granitz/WireImage

On February 23, 2003, Erykah Badu won Best R&B Song with Common and Raphael Saddiq for "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" at the 45th annual Grammy Awards held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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June 24, 2003 - BET Award for Video of the Year

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Erykah Badu receives the Video of the Year award from Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs at the 3rd Annual BET Awards at the Kodak Theater on June 24, 2003 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

On June 24, 2003, Erykah Badu won Video of the Year for "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" at the BET Awards held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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June 24, 2008 - BET Award for Best Video Director

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Erykah Badu. Michael Caulfield/WireImage for BET Network

Eryhau Badu won Best Video Director for "Honey" at the BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on June 24, 2008.

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September 7, 2008- MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction

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Erykah Badu. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
On September 7, 2008, Erykah Badu won Best Direction for "Honey" at the MTV Video Music Awards held at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, California.