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Patti LaBelle is an African American singer and actress who has been called the Godmother of Soul. She is best known for her numbers #1 hits.
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Patti LaBelle released her eponymous solo debut in 1977, which received critical acclaim. In 1982, after the moderate success of albums such as Tasty (1978) and Released (1980), LaBelle recorded the ballad "The Best is Yet to Come", which reached No. 14 on the R&B chart,
and garnered LaBelle her first solo Grammy Award nomination. That same year she had a No. 1 hit with "On My Own," sung with Michael MacDonald. Throughout the 80s, LaBelle continued to score hits with songs such as 1984's "New Attitude" and "Stir It Up," which both became pop radio staples, as well as 1989's "If You Asked Me To."
In 1991, LaBelle released Burnin', which hit gold status and landed the singer her first Grammy Award. She was honored again for her work in 1993, when she was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She also continued releasing popular albums throughout the 90s, including Gems (1994), Flame (1997), and Live! One Night Only (1998)—which won LaBelle her a second Grammy.
In addition to her success as a singer, LaBelle has also written two books: the autobiography Don't Block the Blessings (1997), and the diabetic cookbook LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About (1998). She has also starred in stage and screen productions, including roles in the films A Soldier's Story (1984) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984); an appearance in the Broadway gospel musical Your Arm's Too Short to Box with God (1982); and a recurring role in the television series A Different World (1990).
Patti LaBelle married her manager, Armstead Edwards, in 1969. The couple split in 2000, after 30 years of marriage.
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