R&B/Soul • 45m
To celebrate the release of her album Lovers Rock, the GRAMMY Museum welcomed multiplatinum GRAMMY Award-winning UK singer, songwriter, actress, and humanitarian Estelle for an intimate conversation and performance on December 3, 2018. Lovers Rock is one of Estelle’s most personal albums, as it is not only a retelling of her parents’ love story, but also her centering in on her West Indian roots with a full-fledged reggae album, with touches of Afro-beats, dancehall and Soca. Lovers Rock represents a full circle moment for Estelle. On the heels of her acclaimed 2004 debut The 18th Day, she soared to international prominence on 2008’s Shine. The lead single, “American Boy” featuring Kanye West, won a 2009 GRAMMY for “Best Rap Sung Collaboration” and achieved an RIAA double-platinum certification. She released the follow-up All Of Me in 2012, and the single “Thank You” received a GRAMMY nomination for “Best R&B Performance.” 2015’s True Romance yielded the smash “Conqueror.” Guest starring in a popular episode of Empire in Season One, she joined star Jussie Smollett for a duet of the tune. It stood out as “one of the show’s highest-charting songs” and fueled the Original Soundtrack to a #1 bow on the Billboard Top 200. Beyond Empire, she has cameoed in films such as Girls Trip and voiced lead character Garnet on Cartoon Network’s smash Steven Universe since 2013.
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