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According to believe it or not an authority compared to the RIAA, Boyz II Guys will be the most commercially successful R&B band of all period. They marketed ludicrous amounts of information and were involved with three from the longest-running number 1 pop singles ever sold, and they achieved it as a device of equals. Actually, their four-part harmonies combined so smoothly that a lot of of everyone will be hard-pressed to mention the group’s specific members. And that is no reflection on the skill as performers; Boyz II Males were one of the primary male R&B performers to adopt the type of hyper-technical melodic embellishments which were popularized by virtuosic divas like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Their early music was indebted to fresh jack port swing, however the group quickly discovered their forté in lush, soulful ballads, where their harmonies could possibly be showcased to biggest impact. Boyz II Males may under no circumstances duplicate their amazing run of achievement during the 1st fifty percent of the ’90s, but that is clearly a near-impossible job for anyone, despite having the broad-based selling point of their clean-cut passionate picture. Boyz II Males were shaped in 1988 at Philadelphia’s SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL from the Innovative and Performing Arts. Founding people Nathan Morris and Marc Nelson have been performing together for quite some time, but got trouble keeping an organization together simply because of members graduating. Issues finally stabilized if they installed with Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, and bass vocalist Michael McCary; phoning themselves Unique Appeal, the quintet performed a well-received ROMANTIC DAYS CELEBRATION show for his or her school and created a repertoire that leaned seriously on New Release songs (among which, “Children to Guys,” provided them their name). Their big break emerged in 1989, if they snuck backstage in a Bell Biv DeVoe concert and wowed group member Michael Bivins (also previously of New Model, along with a budding music business owner) with an a cappella edition of New Edition’s “IS IT POSSIBLE TO Stand the Rainfall.” Bivins provided them a offer there, but Nelson wouldn’t normally hang in there to participate it; personality issues resulted in his departure immediately after (he afterwards resurfaced as an associate of Az However). Right down to a quartet, Boyz II Guys entered the studio room to record their debut record, Cooleyhighharmony, for the renowned Motown Records. Supported by the brand new jack port production then in fashion, they dubbed their audio “hip-hop doo wop,” though being a vocal tranquility group these were even more indebted to R&B from the ’60s and ’70s. Cooleyhighharmony premiered in 1991, and its own initial one, the uptempo dance monitor “Motownphilly,” rocketed in the graphs, going Best Five pop and number 1 R&B coming to platinum product sales. The a cappella ballad “It’s SO DIFFICULT to state Goodbye to Last night,” a cover of the song in the film Cooley Great, also strike the pop Best Five and topped the R&B graphs, and went silver. Meanwhile, the record gained a Grammy for Greatest R&B Vocal Functionality by way of a Duo or Group. Boyz II Guys joined up with MC Hammer’s As well Legit to give up tour in 1992, but tragedy struck when tour supervisor Khalil Roundtree was shot and wiped out in Chicago; the group rededicated “It’s SO DIFFICULT to state Goodbye to Last night” to him. The tragedy notwithstanding, Boyz II Guys got got an exceptionally auspicious starting to their profession. Still, nothing might have foreshadowed the group’s Midas contact over the following few years. Quickly entering the studio room among concert gigs, Boyz II Guys cut a soft Babyface ballad known as “End of the street” for the soundtrack from the Eddie Murphy film Boomerang. Released simply because an individual, it became not really a blockbuster, but one of the primary hits ever sold; it spent 13 weeks at number 1 for the pop graphs, an incredible operate that broke the record of 11 weeks Elvis Presley got held since 1956 using the double-sided one “AVOID BEING Cruel”/”Hound Pet.” “End of the street” earned a slew of honours and cemented Boyz II Men’s superstar position beyond any question; while crafting their following record during 1993, the group released several placeholders: a high Five cover from the Five Satins doo wop traditional “Within the Still from the Nite,” from it film The Jacksons: An American Desire, and the vacation album Xmas Interpretations. (Also that 12 months, Whitney Houston’s “I’LL Always Like You” broke “End of the street”‘s record with 14 weeks at number 1.) The post-“End of the street” hype helped make Boyz II Men’s following album, II, an instantaneous smash when it found its way to 1994, though it didn’t consist of “End of the street.” Made by famous brands Babyface and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, instead of Bivins (who wished to focus on developing fresh performers), II debuted at number 1 coming to product sales of over 12 million copies. The very first one, “I’ll HAVE SEX for you” (also penned by Babyface), raced in the graphs and finished up tying Houston’s short-lived record, with 14 weeks of its at number 1 — an astounding feat alone, made even more amazing by the actual fact how the group got already established the record once. Furthermore, the follow-up one, “On Bended Leg,” actually changed “I’ll HAVE SEX for you” at number 1 to get a six-week operate of its; only Elvis as well as the Beatles experienced ever changed themselves at number 1. “MANY THANKS” was a member of family flop, nearly producing the pop Best 20, but “Drinking water Runs Dry out” returned these to the very best Five, dropping one slot lacking number 1. Boyz II Guys spent a lot of 1995 touring the U.S. and beyond to get II, and in addition opened their very own saving studio room. They spent time documenting collaborations with various other performers: Wanya Morris duetted with Brandy in the strike “Brokenhearted,” and the complete group sang on Michael Jackson’s “Background” and LL Great J’s “Hey Fan.” The largest one, nevertheless, was a tune finished with Mariah Carey known as “One Sweet Time.” Offering two of the largest chart powerhouses on the market, “One Sweet Time” was practically a assured blockbuster, and it continued to invest 16 weeks at number 1 in the pop graphs, debuting there in Dec 1995; it had been the 3rd such record-setting solitary of Boyz II Men’s profession. On the group’s objections, Motown released a bit of cash-in product entitled The Remix Collection in past due 1995; in retaliation, Boyz authorized a distribution cope with Sony, not really Motown, for his or her fresh vanity label, Stonecreek. It had been the start of a souring romantic relationship that just worsened upon the discharge of Boyz II Men’s following album, Development, in 1997. The record began solid, debuting at number 1 and sending “4 Months of Loneliness” towards the same placement around the singles graphs; its TOP follow-up, “A Track for Mama,” offered Boyz II Males their record-setting seventh platinum solitary. Nevertheless, Motown was struggling to toss its complete promotional muscles behind the record (probably for their changeover to a fresh label leader), and therefore Evolution didn’t possess almost the shelf lifestyle of II, offering just two million copies. It didn’t help that critics had been significantly less than enthusiastic, questioning the album’s name because the music itself was even more of the same. The group was also pressured to postpone elements of their assisting tour when Wanya Morris designed a harmless polyp on his vocal cords. He retrieved completely, though, and in early 1999, amid main record organization mergers, the group got their agreement moved from Motown to Common. For their following recording, Boyz II Males assumed higher control over songwriting and creation, handling a larger share of every independently. The causing record, Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya, premiered in 2000, even though it received better testimonials than Progression, it continuing the group’s downward industrial slide, only heading gold and creating a smaller-scale strike in “Move You By.” The group eventually agreed upon with Arista Information. In summertime 2002, Boyz II Guys kept making use of their advanced strategy for the aptly entitled release BACK TO WHERE IT STARTED. Michael McCary remaining the group in 2003 because of issues with scoliosis. In 2004, the rest of the users released Throwback, an recording filled with addresses of a common tunes. Their 2006 work, The Remedy, was only obtainable in Japan until a yr later on when it had been released with the band’s public internet site. Their tribute record, Motown: A Trip Through Hitsville USA, was also released in 2007. It highlighted creation from American Idol judge Randy Jackson plus an a cappella edition of their very own Motown strike “End of the street.” 2 yrs afterwards Jackson was back again as producer of the third all-covers record, Love. Another discharge for Japan, Protected: Winter, contains Japanese pop addresses. Twenty, released in 2011, provided a couple of fresh material along with a assortment of re-recordings. 3 years later on, the trio came back with Collide, their 11th appropriate studio album.

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Full Name Boyz II Men
Awards Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album, Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist, Soul Train Music Award for Best Song of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single, Soul Train Music Award for Best Video of the Year, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo, Soul Train Music Award for Sammy Davis Jr. – Entertainer of the Year, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album - Group, Band or Duo, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group, Billboard Music Award for Top Hot 100 Song, Kids' Choice Awards Hall of Fame, World Music Award for World's Best Selling New Group, Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year, Billboard Music Special Hot 100 Award
Music Songs End of the Road, I'll Make Love to You, One Sweet Day, On Bended Knee, It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday, Water Runs Dry, A Song for Mama, 4 Seasons of Loneliness, Motownphilly, Doin' Just Fine, The Color of Love, Pass You By, Please Don’t Go, In the Still of the Night, The Tracks of My Tears, Uhh Ahh - Sequel Version, Thank You in Advance, Just My Imagination, More Than You'll Ever Know, Let It Snow, I Will Get There, Hey Lover, One More Dance, One Up for Love, Thank You, I Can't Make You Love Me, Relax Your Mind, No Dejemos Que Muera El Amor, 50 Candles, Sympin, Losing Sleep, Vibin'
Albums II, Cooleyhighharmony, Evolution, Christmas Interpretations, Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya, Twenty, Full Circle, Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA, Collide, The Remedy, Throwback, Vol. 1, Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection, Love, The Ballad Collection, The Remix Collection, Winter/Reflections, Covered: Winter, 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Boyz II Men, End Of The Road: The Collection, Best Selection Of Boyz II Men, Close The Door, Sara Smile, Let It Whip, Human Nature
Nominations Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, American Music Award for Artist of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Group, American Music Award for Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, Billboard Music Award for Top Artist, MTV Movie Award for Best Song from a Movie, MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Song, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist, Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Artist, Billboard Music Award for Top Billboard 200 Album, People's Choice Award for Favorite Group, Brit Award for International Breakthrough Act, Billboard Music Award for Soundtrack Single of the Year, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Male Singer/Group, BET Award for Best Male Group


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1 Members have included Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Grease Live! 2016 TV Movie performer: "Beauty School Dropout"
Lip Sync Battle 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2015 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Wedding Ringer 2015 performer: "I'll Make Love To You" - as Boyz II Men
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Bachelorette 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Blended 2014 performer: "I'll Make Love to You" - as Boyz II Men
New Girl 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Reunion 2012 performer: "I'll Make Love To You" - as Boyz II Men
Psych 2009-2012 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Celeste & Jesse Forever 2012 performer: "On Bended Knee" - as Boyz II Men
American Idol 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 2011 Documentary performer: "U Smile" - as Boyz II Men
Justin Bieber: Fa La La 2011 Video short performer: "Fa La La"
So You Think You Can Dance 2006-2010 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Live from Studio Five 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay 2008 performer: "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" - as Boyz II Men
The X Factor 2004-2007 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Last Days 2005 performer: "On Bended Knee"
The O.C. 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game performer: "Motownphilly" - as Boyz II Men
MTV Unplugged: Ballads 2000 Video short performer: "Please Don't Go" - as Boyz II Men
The Prince of Egypt 1998 performer: "Humanity" / performer: "I Will Get There" - as Boyz II Men / producer: "I Will Get There" - as Boyz II Men
How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 performer: "Your Home Is In My Heart" Stella's Love Theme - as Boyz II Men
Can't Hardly Wait 1998 performer: "I'll Make Love To You" - as Boyz II Men
Soul Food 1997 performer: "A Song for Mama" - as Boyz II Men
Top of the Pops 1994-1995 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Boomerang 1992 performer: "End of the Road" - as Boyz II Men
Lethal Weapon 3 1992 performer: "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday" - as Boyz II Men
White Men Can't Jump 1992 performer: "SYMPIN" - as Boyz II Men
Full House 1991 TV Series performer - 1 episode
House Party 2 1991 performer: "Motownphilly" - as Boyz II Men

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grease Live! 2016 TV Movie Teen Angel
Stanley T in Da House 1993 TV Series Celebrity Guest

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Psych 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Odd Couple 2016 TV Series Themselves
The Insider 2014-2016 TV Series Themselves
Greatest Hits 2016 TV Series Themselves
Good Morning America 2016 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guests
It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown 2015 TV Special Themselves
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2009-2015 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guests / Themselves - With Guillermo at the Emmys
The Library of Congress: Gershwin Prize for Popular Song - Billy Joel 2015 TV Movie Themselves
The Talk 2014 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guests
The Playboy Morning Show 2014 TV Series Themselves
The Bachelorette 2014 TV Series Themselves
Boston Strong an Evening of Support and Celebration 2013 TV Movie Themselves
Big Morning Buzz Live 2011-2013 TV Series Themselves
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2011 TV Series Band
VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul 2011 TV Movie Themselves - Performers
MOBO Awards 2011 TV Special Themselves - Performers
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 2011 TV Series Themselves
Philly's 4th of July Jam 2011 TV Special Themselves
Tosh.0 2011 TV Series Themselves
Happy on the Ground: 8 Days at Grammy Camp 2011 Documentary Themselves
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 2011 Documentary Themselves
Justin Bieber: Fa La La 2011 Video short Themselves
The Sing-Off 2009 TV Series
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2009 TV Series Themselves
2009 Soul Train Awards 2009 TV Special Themselves
Psych 2009 TV Series Themselves
Private Sessions 2008 TV Series Themselves
Don't Forget the Lyrics! 2008 TV Series Themselves - Contestants
Génération duo 2008 TV Movie Themselves
American Idol 2008 TV Series Themselves
Eigo de shabera-night 2007 TV Series Themselves
The View 2007 TV Series Themselves
Live with Kelly and Michael 2007 TV Series Themselves
The X Factor 2007 TV Series Themselves - Special Guests
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-2007 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Celebrity Duets 2006 TV Series Themselves
The Great Wall Concert 2005 TV Special Themselves - Performers
The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 TV Special Themselves
Urban Soul: The Making of Modern R&B 2004 TV Movie documentary Themselves
Bubblegum Babylon 2002 TV Movie documentary Themselves
One World Jam 2002 TV Special Themselves
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2002 2002 TV Special Themselves
75th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2001 TV Movie Themselves
New Year's Rockin' Eve 2001 2000 TV Special Themselves - Performers
Moesha 2000 TV Series Themselves
The Hughleys 2000 TV Series Themselves
The Parkers 2000 TV Series Themselves
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997-2000 TV Series Themselves
Arista Records' 25th Anniversary Celebration 2000 TV Special documentary Themselves
MTV Unplugged: Ballads 2000 Video short Themselves
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1998 TV Special Themselves
When You Believe: Music from 'The Prince of Egypt' 1998 TV Movie documentary Performers
Boyz II Men: Live from Philly! 1998 TV Movie Themselves - Performer
1998 ALMA Awards 1998 TV Special Themselves
Super Bowl XXXII 1998 TV Movie Themselves - Halftime Performers
Nobel Peace Prize Concert 1997 TV Movie Themselves
Late Show with David Letterman 1997 TV Series Themselves
The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 TV Special Themselves
The 23rd Annual American Music Awards 1996 TV Special Themselves
1995 MTV Movie Awards 1995 TV Special Themselves
Top of the Pops 1994-1995 TV Series Themselves
1995 Billboard Music Awards 1995 TV Special Themselves
La nuit des stars à Monte Carlo 1995 TV Movie Themselves
Michael Jackson's Scream: HIStory in the Making - An MTV News Special 1995 TV Short documentary Themselves
1995 VH1 Honors 1995 TV Movie Themselves
The 22nd Annual American Music Awards 1995 TV Special Themselves
Kenny Rogers: Keep Christmas with You 1995 TV Movie Themselves - Performers
The John Larroquette Show 1994 TV Series Themselves
The Jackson Family Honors 1994 TV Special documentary Themselves
A Cool Like That Christmas 1993 TV Movie Themselves (voice)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1993 TV Series Themselves
A Gala for the President at Ford's Theatre 1993 TV Movie Themselves
Comic Relief: Baseball Relief '93 1993 TV Movie Themselves
Viéndonos 1993 TV Series Themselves
The 1993 World Music Awards 1993 TV Special Themselves - Performers
1993 Essence Awards 1993 TV Special Themselves
Pebble Mill at One 1993 TV Series Themselves
The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 TV Special Themselves
The 1992 Billboard Music Awards 1992 TV Special Themselves - Musical Guest
American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special 1992 TV Movie Themselves
The Last Laugh: Memories of the Cosby Show 1992 TV Special documentary Themselves - Performer
Bob Hope's America: Red, White and Beautiful 1992 TV Special Himself
NBA All-Star Stay in School Jam 1992 TV Movie Themselves
The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 TV Special Themselves
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Themselves
1991 Billboard Music Awards 1991 TV Special Themselves
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1991 TV Movie Themselves

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Bachelorette 2014 TV Series Themselves
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary Themselves
I Love the '90s 2004 TV Series documentary Themselves
Top of the Pops 2 1994 TV Series Themselves

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On January 5, 2012. At 7060 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Album For the album "Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA."
2009 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals For the song "Ribbon in the Sky."


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