- 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.
- 2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Song: Nominee
- 2010, Grammy — Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Winner
- 2013, Grammy — Best R&B Album: Winner
- 2001, Grammy — Best New Artist: Winner
- 2004, Grammy — Best R&B Album: Winner
- 2009, People's Choice Awards — Favorite R&B Song: Winner
- 2004, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
- 2004, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
- 2001, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
- 2004, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
- 2001, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
- 2001, Grammy — Song of the Year: Winner
- 2007, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
- 2007, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
- 2008, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
- 2001, Grammy — Best R&B Album: Winner
- 2005, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female Musical Performer: Winner
- 2017, CMT Music Awards — CMT Performance of the Year: Nominee
- 2010, Grammy — Best Rap Song: Winner
- 2010, Tony — Musical: Nominee
- Swizz Beatz — Husband
- Terri Augello — Mother
- Craig Cook — Father
- Kasseem Dean Jr. — Stepson
- Egypt Daoud Dean — Son
- Nicole — Stepdaughter
- Prince Nasir Dean — Stepson
- Genesis Ali Dean — Son
- Attended Columbia University, New York, New York, United States
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