Monifah 2015 Vanguard Award Winner

R&B Recording Artist MONIFAH will receive The 2015 VANGUARD AWARD at the 9th annual OUTMusic Awards and she received (2) OUTMusic Award nominations.

Monifah’s music career is about to be something to talk about. It’s been 14 years since she released an album. After re-emerging to the spotlight thanks to TV One’s show R&B Divas, Monifah has returned to her passion of music. She released the single “The Other Side” from her upcoming album “Invincible”. This was to give her fans a taste of her return. That single allowed her to gain two nominations for Song of the Year, and Best R&B Song for the 9th annual OUTMusic Awards.

“What an amazing feeling to be honored and nominated,” said Monifah. “Wow it is gratifying to be recognized among such amazing artists. So grateful!”

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, OUTmusic announced that its annual awards ceremony will take place at New York City’s Town Hall on Monday, January 19, 2015. Lea Delaria, of Orange is the New Black, and Ari Gold, known as the King of Gay Pop, will host. Presented by the LGBT Academy of Recording Artists (LARA), the evening recognizes LGBT artists and producers who have made a significant contribution to music.

Monifah is a born New York native from East Harlem, and a former graduate of the famed New York’s F.H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.

In 1996, she burst onto the R&B music scene underneath the wings of the late Heavy D. Her self-titled album Monifah: “Moods…Moments”, featured songs like the double platinum single “I Miss You (Come Back Home)” and the singles “You” and “You Don’t Have To Love Me” which also became R&B hits for her.

Monifah’s second album, “Mo’hogany” gave us singles like “Bad Girl, “Suga, Suga” but it was her Top Ten R&B single “Touch It”, which also became her first crossover hit peaking at #1 for four consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play charts. Which was her biggest album to date.

Her third album “Home”, co-produced by Grammy Award ® wining famed producer Teddy Riley contained singles; “I Can Tell”, “Brown Eyes” and “Fairytales.” Helped make this album certified RIAA® Gold.

In 2012, Monifah became a cast member of TV One’s reality show R&B Divas Atlanta alongside some her singing R&B colleagues; Nicci Gilbert, Syleena Johnson, Keke Wyatt and Faith Evans.

More recently, this past summer in she made history with the airing of her wedding to her beloved longtime girlfriend Terez Mychelle. The couple’s wedding became the first African-American celebrity same-sex union wedding special that aired on national television. The wedding took place in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Music isn’t the only thing keeping her busy. She has plans on writing a book and getting back into some acting and stage directing opportunities as she continues her multi-faceted journey.

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