Made TV debut with a small role on a 1985 Cosby Show episode.
Wrote her first original song, "Butterflyz," at age 14. The song later appeared as a track on her debut album, Songs in A Minor.
Was her high school's valedictorian, graduating early at age 16.
Dropped out of college to pursue a music career.
In 2005, became the first female artist ever to debut an MTV Unplugged record at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.
Along with TV producer Leigh Blake, cofounded Keep a Child Alive in 2003. The nonprofit organization provides care, medication and support to children and families affected by AIDS in Africa and India.
2004, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
2001, Grammy — Song of the Year: Winner
2004, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
2001, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
2001, Grammy — Best R&B Album: Winner
2008, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
2007, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner