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The lineup for the 1996 ESSENCE Festival included multi-talented rap trio, The Fugees. The group was riding high on the success of their sophomore album, The Score, and had recently released their hit record, 'Killing Me Softly,' which arguably set the stage for the rise of future Hip Hop icon, Lauryn Hill.
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By 1998, Hill was ready to venture out on her her own away from the Fugees. She released “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” in 1998 to much critical success. She sold over 400,000 copies in the first week, making her the first female artist to sell that many albums at the time.
Hill is pictured performing at the 1998 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas where she won the award for R&B Album of the Year.
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At the height of her success Hill became pregnant with her first child, Zion David-Nesta Marley with Bob Marley’s son, Rohan Marley. She wrote about how everyone encouraged her to terminate the pregnancy in the song, “To Zion.”
In the end, Hill chose motherhood over fame. She now has five children,
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In 1999 honored her father-in-law Bob Marley by hosting the “One-Love-The Bob Marley Tribute” in Jamaica.
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Hill poses for the media after winning the best female video award at the 1999 MTV Video Awards in New York.
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In 1999 Hill won five Grammy Awards for “Miseducation.”
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Hill performed “To Zion” during the 41st Annual Grammy Awards where she won five Grammy Awards, including album of the year, for “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”
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Hill Accepts the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Female “Entertainer of the Year” at the 13th annual Soul Train Music Awards in 1999.
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Patti LaBelle comforted Hill as she got emotional while accepting her Essence Award for her musical success and accomplishments in community work.
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Hill and Blige have collaborated on several efforts, including Hill’s “I Used to Love Him.” Hill also produced Blige’s “All I Can Say” from her 1999 album.
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After a self-imposed exile from the music industry, Hill reemerged with guitar in hand for a taping of MTV’s “Unplugged.”
Hill surprised everyone with her acoustic sound. The subsequent album was met with tepid reviews.
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Though the world awaited her second studio album, Hill continued to tour and rarely spoke of a second album. She traveled far and wide, she even appeared at the 39th annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.
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The Fuguees surprised everyone at the 2005 BET Awards. The trio opened the show with a bang — leaving fans and viewers at home stunned at their performance.
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Lauryn Hill teamed up with Al Gore to “Take Back TV” with a special performance.
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Lauryn Hill continued to tour on and off for the next few years. She put on a show at Wingate Park in Brooklyn, New York in the summer of 2007.
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After a few years of living a quiet life and performing shows here and there, Lauryn Hill began to emerge showing signs of a comeback.
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In late summer 2010 Lauryn Hill performed at New York’s Rock the Bells. Many thought this was the start of a new beginning for Hill.
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Hill started a tour in late 2010 and received poor reviews for her tardiness. In some cases, she made fans wait up to three hours for her to appear. Many fans walked out of her performances, including the one and only Prince.
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