TLC

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TLC
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres R&B, hip hop, dance, new jack swing
Labels LaFace (1991-1999)
Arista (1991-2011)
RCA/Jive Label Group (2005-2011)
Epic Records (2012 -present)
Associated acts Missy Elliott, Blaque, Goodie Mob, OutKast, Sean Combs, Busta Rhymes, Kris Kross, Jermaine Dupri, Shyheim
Members
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas
Past members
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (deceased)

TLC are an American girl group. It originally had three members, but it is now a duo. TLC were one of the first contemporary R&B stars of the 1990s. They formed the band in Atlanta, Georgia in 1991. TLC (an acronym for "tender loving care") consisted of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (1971-2002) and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Lisa Pebbles, was the band manager.

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TLC's debut album Ooooooohhh.... On the TLC Tip (1992) sold 4,000,000 copies in the United States. It released four singles "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg", "What About Your Friends", "Hat 2 Da Back", and "Baby, Baby, Baby". In 1994, band member Lopes had set her boyfriend, Andre Rison's, house on fire. After she was released from rehab, she was put on probation. That same year, CrazySexyCool was released. It became their breakthrough release. It sold 11,000,000 copies in the United States and was certified 8x Platinum in Canada, Platinum in United Kingdom and 1x Diamond in the United States. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album #377 of the "500 greatest albums of all time" list. The singles "Red Light Special", "Waterfalls", "Creep" and "Diggin' on You" all entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

TLC filed for bankruptcy in 1995, despite their success of CrazySexyCool. The band had owe too much money to their manager Pebbles. The albums sales were not enough to pay her back. TLC filed for a lawyer and was able to terminate the record deal signed with Pebbles. Because of the label and producer trouble, and health problems (Watkins' struggled with sickle cell anemia), postponed any developments for their next album. Fanmail was released in 1999. The album became a hit record. The singles "No Scrubs", "Unpretty", and "Silly Ho" helped the album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 pop chart. The album's fourth single "Dear Lie" was not successful. The album was given positive feedback from music critics. The band began arguing with each other because of Lopes, who continued to be on tabloid magazines. Watkins married Mack 10, a rapper. However, her health problems were helping her to not be near recording studios. Lopes had begun a solo career. In 2002, Lopes was killed during a car accident in Honduras. The remainder of the group announced that they continue recording their fourth album. Lopes had recorded a few verses before she was killed.

The album, 3D was released later that year. The single "Girl Talk" was a tribute to Lopes. The other single "Hands Up" was not successful. The album's third single "Damaged" was more successful and was on the Hot 100 until 2003. In 2004, the reality television show R U The Girl? aired on FOX. The show was about searching for great African American singers. The show had over 4,000,000 average viewers. O'so Krispie from Atlanta was chosen as the winner. TLC later said that they never wanted to replace Lopes and disbanded the group.

In July 2013 TLC signed a new record contract.[1] TLC will start a tour in 2014.

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Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Result Award Category Song or Album
1993 Nominated Grammy Award Best R&B Song "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"
1996 Won Best R&B Album CrazySexyCool
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Creep"
Nominated Record of the Year "Waterfalls"
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Waterfalls"
2000 Won Best R&B Album Fanmail
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "No Scrubs"
Nominated Album of the Year Fanmail
Record of the Year "No Scrubs"
Song of the Year "Unpretty"
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Unpretty"
Best Music Video, Short Form "Unpretty"
2003 Nominated Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Girl Talk"
2004 Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Hands Up"
1995 Won MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year "Waterfalls"
Best Group Video "Waterfalls"
Best R&B Video "Waterfalls"
Viewer's Choice "Waterfalls"
Nominated Best Special Effects "Waterfalls"
Best Editing "Waterfalls"
Best Direction "Waterfalls"
Best Cinematography "Waterfalls"
Best Art Direction "Waterfalls"
Breakthrough Video "Waterfalls"
1999 Won Best Group Video "No Scrubs
Nominated Viewer's Choice "No Scrubs"
Best Hip Hop Video "No Scrubs"
Best Editing "No Scrubs"
Best Direction "No Scrubs"
Best Art Direction "No Scrubs"
1996 Won Billboard Music Award Artist of the Year
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R&B Artist of the Year
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R&B Single of the Year "Creep"
1997 Nominated American Music Award Favorite Soul/R&B Album CrazySexyCool
Favorite Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group
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Favorite Artist of the Year
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2000 Won Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Soul/Rhythm & Blues
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1996 Won Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "Creep"
Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year – Group, Band or Duo CrazySexyCool
1997 Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "Waterfalls"
1999 Aretha Franklin Award (Entertainer of the Year)
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Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "No Scrubs"
Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year – Group, Band or Duo Fanmail
2003 Nominated Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "Girl Talk"
Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year – Group, Band or Duo 3D
1997 Won Soul Train Music Award Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "Waterfalls"
Best R&B/Soul Album – Group, Band or Duo CrazySexyCool
Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video "Waterfalls"
1999 Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "No Scrubs"
Best R&B/Soul Album – Group, Band or Duo Fanmail
2003 Nominated Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "Girl Talk"
2003 Nominated NAACP Image Award Outstanding Duo or Group
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