The Grammys had everyone talking about Beyoncé and Adele, but there is one more talented diva that is being forgotten.
This year, R&B songstress Lalah Hathaway shattered a music industry record by becoming the first R&B artist to win the most consecutive Grammy awards for three years straight. This year, Lalah took home the award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for her cover of Anita Baker’s “Angel” which appeared Lalah Hathaway: Live album—the album also earned her a Grammy for Best R&B Album. Her performance of "Angel" beat out popular performers like Solange Knowles, Fantasia Barrino and Jill Scott .
Her acceptance speech for this year's Best R&B Performance was not featured during the primetime televised Grammys show, but here is a video of Lalah on state at the "pre-show" ceremony.
At the 2015 Grammy's, Lalah won Best Traditional R&B Performance for her feature “Jesus Children” by Robert Glasper Experiment. "Jesus Children" also featured former Cosby kid Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Hathaway also took home Best R&B Performance for “Something," a collaboration with Snarky Puppy, in 2014.
Lalah comes from R&B royalty as the daughter of the late Donny Hathaway. She is obviously quite talented in her own right, but mainstream listeners don't know her or her music. In a world where hip hop and pop reign supreme, traditional true R&B artists are sometimes like the forget step-children. R&B was the predecessor to a lot of the popular Black music of today, yet we often forget about this rich genre of music.
In honor of her big wins and record breaking streak, check out this video of Lalah's amazing cover of "Angel."
Congrats, Lalah! Your dad would be so proud.