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It was everyone’s favorite soulful goddess, Sade Adu’s, birthday yesterday. In fashion, music and beauty, Sade’s timeless contributions have not only broken barriers but opened doors for numerous artists we know today.

 

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Here are the pivotal moments where Sade’s legendary status was on full display.

1-Sade_-_Diamond_LifeReleased July 21, 1984, Sade’s debut album Diamond Life sold over four million copies in the United States and over six million worldwide.  Diamond Life reached number three on the Billboard R&B chart, and number five on the Billboard 200. Featuring the singles “Your Love Is King,” “Hang On to Your Love,” and Smooth Operator,” it won a Brit Award for Best British Album.

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Following an eight-year hiatus, the band released their fifth studio album, Lovers Rock, on November 13, 2000. The album reached number 18 on the UK Albums Chart, number-three on the US Billboard 200, and has since been certified triple platinum with 3.9 million copies in the United States. In 2002, Sade earned a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and lead single “By Your Side” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

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On July 13, 1985, Sade performed during the historic Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Live Aid was held simultaneously in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 72,000 people packed Wembley and 100,00 people attended the concert in Philadelphia. The concert raised over $280 million with an estimated 1.9 billion people watching the live broadcast in 150 countries.

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In 1985, Sade released her second album, Promise, which was subsequently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. In addition to selling over four million copies in the United States, and over six million worldwide, Promise was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Album, Solo. Featuring the singles “The Sweetest Taboo” “Is It A Crime” and “Never As Good As The First Time” the album reached number one on the Billboard 200 and R&B charts.

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Singer/songwriter Sade performs at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2011 Sade won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the single “Soldier of Love” at 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. The album Soldier of Love was also nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album, and a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year.
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SadeSade’s been known for the past 40 years as not only a fashion icon but also an inspiration. In 1980 the burgeoning singer debuted this timeless look and has been slaying on the fashion and beauty scene ever since.
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In 1986 Sade was named Best New Artist at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards
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In 1985 Sade released the video for “Sweetest Taboo” to rave reviews, inspiring fashion across the globe.
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In 1986, Sade made her acting debut in Absolute Beginners, a film adapted from the Colin MacInnes book of the same name about life in late-1950s London. In the film, which debuted at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival and grossed £1.8 million in the UK, Sade played the role of Athene Duncannon and lent her vocals to the film’s accompanying soundtrack.
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sade-net-worthIn 2012, despite not releasing an album in two years, Sade made the Number 6 slot on the Billboard list of the biggest-earning acts of the year.And of course there was “The Moon and Sky” remix, featuring JAY Z.https://youtu.be/adOUY8Ue9LU

Damilola Okejide

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