The Hollywood Walk of Fame star was inaugurated today in honor of Ashanti for a career that includes a series of hits and eight Grammy nominations.
Longtime collaborator Ja Ruhl and actress Ticina Arnold were among those who joined Ashanti at the ceremony at 7060 Hollywood Blvd., near the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Ashanti was a guest vocalist in the rapper’s song “Always on Time”, her first single number one in the Hot 100 and his second. She was featured on Ja Rule’s 2004 song “Wonderful,” which peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100.
The star is the 2718th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1558 stars.
The ceremony took place five days after the 20th anniversary of the release of her self-titled studio album, which brought her the best contemporary R&B album Grammy and was ranked 100th on Billboard’s list of the 200 best albums of decade.
Ashanti debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and topped the R&B / hip-hop album with 504,593 first-week sales, the biggest first-week sales for a female artist’s debut.
Ashanti received four more Grammy nominations in 2003 – Best New Artist, won by Nora Jones, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Foolish”; and twice for best rap / singing collaboration for “Always on Time”
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Ashanti received three Grammy nominations in 2004 – Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Rain On Me”, Best R&B Song for “Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)” and Best Contemporary R&B Album for “Chapter II “.
Born on October 13, 1980 in Glen Cove, New York, on Long Island, Ashanti Shekvoya Douglas was first spotted by Irv Gotti, co-founder of Murder Inc. Records, due to her vocal skills and was asked to write hooks for her rappers and perform with them in duets. Ashanti was first introduced as a backing vocalist in rapper Big Pun’s 2001 single, “How We Roll.”
Ashanti’s acting credits include the role of Dorothy in the 2005 sports drama “Coach Carter,” the 2005 television movie, “The Wizard of Oz Wizard,” and her roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Sabrina,
Teenage Witch, Army Wives, and American Dreams, portraying Dion Warwick.
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