Jill Scott Turns 50: A Look Back At The Award-Winning Singer’s Amazing Career
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Today, the legendary singer, songwriter, and actress Jill Scott turns 50!

“Jilly from Philly” – as she is affectionately called – burst on the scene in 2000 with her debut album Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds Vol. 1. The album included the singles “A Long Walk,” “He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat),” and “The Way.” Since then, she has released four more albums and won three Grammy Awards, four Lady of Soul Awards, and three Soul Train Awards.

Aside from having a stellar music career, Scott also dabbled in acting. In film, she has appeared in Why Did I Get Married, Why Did I Get Married Too?, and Get On Up. In television, the Philadelphia native has had roles in Girlfriends, Black Panther, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Being Mary Jane, and Black-ish.

As Jill celebrates her 50th birthday, here are some of her best moments she’s had on screen, stage and studio.