Anita Baker

Anita Baker
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 14, 2010

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In 1987, Anita Baker won two Grammy Awards — one for Best R&B Performance, Female and one for Best Rhythm & Blues Song for “Sweet Love.”

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Anita Baker’s short and sharp haircut has been emulated by Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Lisa Bonet, Janet Jackson, Fantasia, Monica and many women throughout the years.

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Anita Baker’s silky smooth voice is a favorite of music lovers worldwide. From jazz, contemporary to gospel, she never disappoints.

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Baker says when she records:“It’s a very solitary process for me. Because, you know, I want to hear the inspiration.”

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Anita Baker performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on September 6, 2004 at the NBC Studios, in Burbank, California.

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Anita Baker won two American Music Awards in 1988 — one for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and one for Favorite Soul/R&B Album.

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Anita Baker released her second album “Rapture” in 1986.

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Black Music moment: Ashanti, Janelle Monae, Anita Baker and Maxwell in Los Angeles in 2008.

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