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Hall of Fame: Jody Watley


Formerly a member of a group named Shalimar, Jody Watley became a dance diva in 1987 with songs like “Lookin’ For A New Love,” and “Some Kind Of Lover.” Ms. Watley was named Best New Artist at the Grammys in early 1988. Then in 1989, her second album took a more urban swing to it with “Friends,” a song that featured contributions by Eric B & Rakim. In 1990, Ms. Watley stunned audiences of the 4th annual Soul Train Music Awards when she performed “Everything” with freshly clipped, short hair.

By the end of 1991, Jody Watley  began a transition outside of her mainstream success into more niche territory. She reemerged in 1996 with a new album and a pictorial in Playboy magazine, but even that couldn’t resurrect the pop success she once enjoyed. In late 1996, she reunited with Shalimar for a Babyface remake of “For The Lover In You,” along with LL Cool J.

As of the mid-2000's, Jody Watley has become a prominent entertainment figure in the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender community.

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