Date: Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023
Since she burst on the scene in 1997, the Dallas-based (and Texas proud) Badu has released 5 studio albums, countless singles, and EPs, and has toured the world many times over. Since her debut Baduizm went multi-platinum, winning her two Grammys for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album, all of Erykah’s studio albums have debuted within the Top 15 of the Billboard Album Charts, with 4 of them debuting within the top 4. She has released 10 Top 10 singles on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart, including 3 #1s. In 2000 she won another Grammy (Rap Performance by a Duo or Group) for in 2003 she was awarded the Grammy for Best R&B single for her song “Love Of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop).” Badu’s artistic and spiritual contributions to humanity earned her an honorary Doctorate degree in Humanities from Paul Quinn College in 2000.
From musician to tech CEO to music supervisor to mother, Badu continues to defy expectations and never stops creating and innovating. Be it music, fashion, or technology, she’s always been ahead of the curve. learning, reflecting, growing — peacefully thinking about the next steps in her storied career. “I’ve learned many things about myself over the years,” Badu says astutely. “I know now that I’ll have everything that is meant for me, so I don’t have to be urgent about anything, really. “I am a genius — I am,” she continues. “Genuinely. Creatively. Intellectually. Artistically. And I’m a girl. I’ve never heard a girl be called a Genius.