Undeniably one of the founding fathers and pioneers of the neo-soul movement in the mid-to-late 90s, D'ANGELO is an artist who characterizes constant evolution of sound and revolution in songwriting. His debut album, Brown Sugar (1996), was a sleeper hit, driven by its singles "Lady" and "Brown Sugar" to sell more than 1 million copies, becoming certified platinum, and earning 4 Grammy nominations in 1996. Critical reception was universally ecstatic, and Brown Sugar broke ground for the establishment of the neo soul movement, while reenergizing the current R&B scene as a whole. Five years later, the release ofVoodoo(2001) marked another massive commercial and critical success for D'ANGELO, being certified platinum and winning two GRAMMY awards for Best R&B Album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. It is widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time over any genre, and a musically influential milestone for the R&B genre as a whole.
In 2014, D'ANGELO released his third studio album Black Messiah, which won him another two GRAMMYS for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song for the single "Really Love." The album showcases D'ANGELO's most challenging lyrics and pointed social commentary to date, built upon his ever-evolving, untouchable throne of revolutionary rhythms and grooves.
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