Danced in the 1989 Disney TV-movie Polly; which was directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen.
Signed her first recording contract with Jive records at the age of 14, but ended their relationship after a year.
Was offered a track scholarship to Hampton University but turned it down to pursue her career as a recording artist.
In 2002, became the first artist since the Beatles to have three singles on the Billboard Top 10 chart at the same time.
Received the 2002 Soul Train Aretha Franklin Award for Entertainer of the Year, which sparked controversy: a petition started by a California high-school student was signed by 30,000 people, who agreed that she was too new to deserve the award.
Received a key to the city of Glen Cove, NY, and May 3, 2003, was declared Ashanti Douglas Day by Nassau County.
Launched a perfume line in 2005 called Precious Jewel.
Her 2008 The Declaration CD made three of Billboard's Top 10 charts.
Took part in the "Stand Up to Cancer" fund-raising effort and TV special in 2008, and was among the artists who recorded a CD single for the drive.
The following year, she was dropped from her record label, The Inc., as label head Irv Gotti cited professional differences between the two.
Also in 2009, she made her stage debut when she joined the cast of The Wiz. She portrayed Dorothy.
2002, Grammy — Best Contemporary R&B Album: Winner