Singer, songwriter, actress. Born in South
Orange, New Jersey on May 25, 1975. In 1998, Lauryn Hill released
her solo debut album, The Miseducation
of Lauryn Hill, and became the first
woman or hip-hop artist to win five Grammy Awards when she
received Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B
Performance, Best R&B Song ("Doo Wop (That Thing)") and Best R&B
A natural performer, Hill sang at Harlem's
Apollo Theater at age thirteen. Soon after, she met Prakazrel
"Pras" Michel and his cousin, Wyclef Jean, and the three formed a
band (which was at first called Tranzlator Crew, but later became
the Fugees) and began performing in area clubs. While just a high
school sophomore, Hill landed a recurring role on the television
soap opera As the World Turns
and soon after starred in Whoopi Goldberg's
Sister Act II: Back in the Habit.
In 1993, instead of heading for Hollywood, Hill enrolled at
Columbia University where she studied for a year before going on
leave to pursue her career. That same year, the Fugees released
their first album, Blunted on Reality,
which met mixed reviews. In 1996, the group released a successful
second album, The Score,
which sold 17 million copes, making the Fugees the largest-selling
rap group of all time and winning them two Grammy Awards (Best Rap
Album and Best R&B Performance by a duo or group).
Hill's first solo effort,
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
(1998), established her as a major talent in her own right. The
album sold over 12 million copies and earned Hill five Grammy
Awards, three American Music Awards, a Billboard Award, a Soul
Train Award and an MTV Music Award.
After an extended hiatus, Hill returned in
2002 with MTV Unplugged No. 2.0.
The album was generated from Hill's two-hour acoustic performance
on MTV's popular series MTV Unplugged.
In October, 2005, Hill performed two songs at the Take Back TV
concert launching Al Gore's CurrentTV.
Hill is also a dedicated activist. She is the
founder of the Refugee Camp Youth Project, which raises money to
send inner-city children in her native New Jersey to summer camp.
She has five children with long-term boyfriend Rohan Marley, Zion,
who was born in August 1997, Selah Louise, who was born in
November 1998, Joshua, John, and a daughter born in 2008. Marley
is the son of legendary singer Bob Marley.
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