Ledisi's Top Ten Career Highlights

Ledisi Celebrated 44th Birthday on March 28, 2016

Since beginning her solo career in 2000, Ledisi has become one of the most critically acclaimed  RandB female vocalists and has earned nine Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. She has performed seven times at The White House at the request of President Barack Obama,  and First Lady Michelle Obama has proclaimed that Ledisi is her favorite artist. Ledisi's admirers also include Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Patti LaBelle, and she has performed with each of them several times.

Her 2009 album, Turn Me Loose, hit number one on the Billboard RandB chart. In 2012, she published her first book, Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power, which is a collection of her personal photos, quotes, lyrics, and the story of her path to success.

Ledisi portrays the legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the movie Selma which received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture in 2015. Previously, she sang in George Clooney's football comedy film, Leatherheads, in 2008.

Here are "Ten Reasons Why Ledisi is Michelle Obama's Favorite Artist."

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December 2014 - Appears in Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture - 'Selma'

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Ledisi and Niecy Nash from the movie 'Selma'. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for AFI

Ledisi portrays legendary gospel star Mahalia Jackson in the film Selma which was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Picture.

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October 26, 2013 - 'Black Girls Rock' BET special

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Ledisi performing during the BET 'Black Girls Rock' special at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on October 26, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET

Ledisi is a favorite performer at BET's annual Black Girls Rock television special. She performed as a solo artist on October 26, 2013, and on October 16, 2010, she amazed the audience with her incredible voice as she sang the Nina Simone classic "Four Women" with Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius, and Kelly Price.

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December 16, 2012 - 'VH1 Divas 2012'

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Ledisi, Jordin Sparks and Melanie Fiona performing during 'VH1 Divas' 2012 at the Shrine Auditorium on December 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images

On December 16, 2012, Ledisi, Jordin Sparks and Melanie Fiona performed a tribute to the late Whitney Houston during VH1 Divas 2012 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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September 4, 2012 - Democratic National Convention

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Ledisi performing at the Democratic National Convention held at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

On September 4, 2012, Ledisi performed at the Democratic National Convention held at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. President Barack Obama was officially nominated to run for re-election at the convention.

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February 12, 2012 - Three Grammy Awards Nominations

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Ledisi at the 54th annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Ledisi's Pieces of Me album and single received three nominations for the 54th annual Grammy Awards which were presented on February 12, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. She was up for Best RandB Album, plus Best RandB Song and Best RandB Performance for the title track.

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October 16, 2011 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.

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Stevie Wonder and Ledisi performing at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial dedication held at the West Potomac Park on October 16, 2011 in Washington, D,C. Monica Morgan/WireImage
On October 16, 2011, Ledisi and Stevie Wonder performed at the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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January 31, 2010 - Two Grammy Awards Nominations

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Ledisi at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images
Ledisi received two nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. She was up for Best RandB Album (Turn Me Loose) and Best Female RandB Vocal Performance ("Goin' Thru Changes").
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July 5, 2008- Essence Music Festival with Patti LaBelle

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Ledisi performing Patti LaBelle at the Essence Music Festival held at the Louisiana Superdome on July 5, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sean Gardner/Getty Images
Ledisi has performed several times at the annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. On July 5, 2008, she shared the stage at the Louisiana Superdome with one of her greatest admirers, Patti LaBelle.
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March 2008 - Appeared in 'Leatherheads' starring George Clooney

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Ledisi and George Clooney at the premiere of 'Leatherheads' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 31, 2008 in Hollywood, California. Michael Buckner/Getty Images
In 2008, Ledisi appeared as a blues singer and performed the standard "The Man I Love" in the football comedy film Leatherheads starring George Clooney.
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February 10, 2008 - Two Grammy Awards Nominations

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Ledisi. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Ledisi was nominated for Best New Artist, and Best RandB Album (Lost & Found), at the 50th annual Grammy Awards which were presented at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 10, 2008.