(born May 26
) is an American hip-hop
singer, initially establishing her reputation as the most visible and vocal member of The Fugees
. She was born in South Orange, New Jersey
and began singing and acting at a very young age. Her acting roles included the TV show As the Word Turns[?]
and the film Sister Act II: Back in the Habit[?]
, the latter of which showcased her vocal abilities. Though the Fugees had originally formed in 1988
, Hill's membership was disrupted by her acting and her education at Columbia University
. The Fugees' first album, Blunted on Reality[?]
, was much-hyped but fell far short of expectations. This was followed by The Score[?]
, a multi-platinum selling album that established all three Fugees (Hill, Pras Michel[?]
and Wyclef Jean[?]
) as international successes.
In 1998, Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a critical smash hit that ended up on numerous best-of lists for the year, decade and all time. in 1999's Grammy Awards, Hill was nominated eleven times and won Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album[?], setting a new record for a female performer. Soon after, Hill was sued by two musician who claimed to have been cheated out of full credit and compensation for their assistance on the album.
Though a Fugees reunion was discussed by all of the members of the group, it has not yet happened, reportedly due to conflicts between the three Fugees, including much-rumored feud between Hill and Wyclef Jean[?]. Hill released an MTV Unplugged album in 2002 to mixed reviews.
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