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If you were to closely examine the annals of modern pop music history, few creative forces have been more seminal or impacted the contemporary pop/urban genres as much as KENNY “BABYFACE” EDMONDS. In a relatively short time, he has reached icon status as a poignant tunesmith, prolific hit-maker/producer, superstar recording artist, and revolutionary label owner. He is a statistical juggernaut who keeps adding milestone after milestone to a legacy that seems to have no threshold or peak in sight.
A 10-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums of his own, Edmonds’ impeccably crafted explorations of love, romance, and relationships have made an indelible imprint on the evolution of contemporary pop music throughout the world: over 125 Top-10 R&B and Pop hits, 42 No. 1 R&B hits, and 51 Top-10 Pop hits (including 16 No. 1s), which have produced single and album sales in excess of over 500 million units worldwide.
His music has been performed by Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, TLC, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, John Mellencamp, Brandy, Aretha Franklin, Fall Out Boy, Pink, Charlie Wilson, and Chrisette Michele, among others. Most recently, he co-wrote and produced Beyoncé’s single “Best Thing I Never Had,” and several songs for Boyz II Men’s recent CD release and Anthony Hamilton’s new CD Back to Love, including the single “Woo.”
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Soul Train Music Awards, BMI Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and American Music Awards. Edmonds was the recipient of the third BET Walk of Fame Award (previous honorees were Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston), and he was named BET’s “Entertainer of the Year” at the First Annual BET Awards Ceremony.
Edmonds’ charitable work is as impressive as his professional accomplishments. His caring and generosity have garnered him several awards, including the Essence Award for Excellence, The City of Hope Award, and Variety Magazine’s “Top of the Town” Honoree Award. He was National Spokesman for Boarder Babies, and personally helped raise over $500,000 for a transitional home, The Little Blue House, located in Washington, D.C. Edmonds has also personally donated over $100,000 to the VH-1 Save the Music program. He continues to contribute to a host of other worthwhile organizations, including the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
In 2008, Edmonds combined his musical prowess with his charitable efforts, co-writing and producing with longtime partner Antonio “L.A.” Reid the song “Just Stand Up,” which served as the backbone of a multi-network breast cancer awareness special. The song featured such current heavyweights as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, and Sheryl Crow. Most recently, Edmonds and Reid were honored by the Noble Awards for their contribution to Stand Up To Cancer.
Kenny is currently in the studio working on new material for his next solo album.