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TLC were among the biggest-selling feminine R&B sets of all period, riding a mixture of pop, hip-hop, and metropolitan spirit to superstardom through the ’90s. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, rapper Lisa “Still left Eyesight” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas were able to charm similarly to pop and R&B viewers, mixing catchy hooks and bouncy funk using a playful, self-confident attitude. Primarily, their picture was similar parts design and nature, bolstered by way of a flamboyant, outrageous closet. As period passed, they truly became equally popular for his or her chaotic personal lives, departing a path of headlines that go through like a cleaning soap opera storyline: arson, rehab, personal bankruptcy, serious disease, high-profile romances, and countless intragroup squabbles. After their star-making second recording, CrazySexyCool, TLC dropped into disarray, overtaking four years to record the follow-up, Fanmail. However, they returned popular than ever, as well as the strikes kept arriving. Tragedy struck in early 2002, when Lopes was wiped out in a vehicle accident in Honduras. TLC had been created in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1991, when Watkins and Lopes made a decision to break up faraway from another group. Promptly, they fulfilled Thomas, locally centered maker Dallas Austin, and vocalist, songwriter, and maker Pebbles, who became their supervisor. They quickly obtained a record cope with L.A. Reid and Babyface’s fresh label, LaFace, and in 1992 released their fresh jack-styled debut recording, Ooooooohhh…Around the TLC Suggestion. The video for the sexy, intense lead solitary, “Ain’t 2 Happy 2 Beg,” founded their quirky, vibrant fashion feeling, and accurate to her nickname, Lopes stirred some interest by putting on a condom over her still left eye to market secure sex. The tune became a high Ten Popular 100 strike, as do its follow-ups, the ballad “Baby-Baby-Baby” (lots two strike) and “HOW ABOUT FRIENDS AND FAMILY.” Shortly before the discharge of the second record in past due 1994, Lisa Lopes was imprisoned on arson fees. Within an alcohol-fueled suit of trend, Lopes vented all of the frustrations from her often-stormy romantic relationship with NFL wide recipient Andre Rison, burning up his Atlanta mansion to the bottom and vandalizing many of his vehicles. Lopes’ lawyers stated that she got a drinking issue, even though Lopes herself wasn’t pleased with that protection, she avoided prison period using a word of five years’ probation; she was also afterwards admitted for an alcoholic beverages rehab program. All of the promotion certainly didn’t harm CrazySexyCool, which became a blockbuster achievement, albeit for additional reasons. Going for a cue from Salt-n-Pepa’s makeover on Extremely Necessary, CrazySexyCool well developed down the boisterousness of the first record and only a smoother, older presentation; these were still solid and sexual, however now completely adult aswell, and had been even more involved (specifically Lopes) in crafting their very own materials. The slinky lead solitary, “Creep,” became TLC’s 1st number 1 pop strike, topping the graphs for a month. It was accompanied by three even more Best Five singles: “Crimson Light Unique,” “Waterfalls” (which became their biggest strike ever, spending seven weeks at number 1), and “Diggin’ you.” TLC had been a real sensation, and their stylish movies and live shows held upping the ante for outrageous style sense. CrazySexyCool ultimately marketed over 11 million copies within the U.S. by itself, and earned a Grammy for Greatest R&B Recording. All had not been well, nevertheless. In 1995, TLC submitted for bankruptcy, declaring debt of over 3.5 million dollars, partly stemming from Lopes’ insurance payments on the arson incident. In addition they stated they hadn’t noticed their fair talk about of royalties from CrazySexyCool; LaFace countered that these were simply looking to get a bigger agreement. TLC did find yourself splitting from Pebbles’ administration company on the cash issues (not really helped by the actual fact that Pebbles’ relationship to LaFace mind L.A. Reid had opted through an awful break up). That which was even more, it had been announced that for quite a while Watkins have been fighting sickle cell anemia, which sapped her energy and frequently made performing challenging. TLC spent a lot of 1996 obtaining their economic affairs to be able, and had been established to reenter the studio room in the summertime of 1997. The periods got trouble moving away from the bottom, though, because of the group’s open public spat with maker Dallas Austin, declaring that his charge was much too high; not merely experienced Austin played a substantial role within the creation of the music, however the break up was even more uncomfortable because he and Thomas experienced just experienced a son collectively. It required until early 1998 to finally handle the producer scenario, and Austin finished up handling almost all the record. Still, it required quite a while to construct; Lopes announced in the summertime of 1998 that she was focusing on a single record, and Watkins attempted her hands at performing with an appearance within the Buzz Williams-directed Belly. All of the delays, stress, and side tasks fueled rumors from the group’s impending break up. TLC’s third record was finally released at the start of 1999. The hotly expected Fanmail debuted at number 1, and its initial one, “No Scrubs” — a dismissal of guys who didn’t measure — topped the graphs aswell for a month. The critically acclaimed follow-up, “Unpretty,” tackled unrealistic beauty criteria and spent three weeks at number 1. Fanmail finished up heading six occasions platinum, and received another Greatest R&B Recording Grammy. As TLC ready to tour in past due 1999, tensions between your individual users spilled over right into a general public feud; Watkins and Thomas criticized Lopes for placing herself prior to the group, and Lopes responded by blasting TLC’s latest music and demanding her bandmates to record single albums, in order that followers could observe who the true talent place with. The blowup was just temporary, but gossips about TLC’s upcoming continuing to swirl. Lopes continuing to publicize her upcoming single task, and Thomas ultimately began focusing on her very own record aswell. Watkins wedded rapper Mack 10 in the summertime of 2000 and acquired their first kid shortly after. On the other hand, tabloid preferred Lopes continued to create headlines when she vanished for over weekly, missing a family group function along with a press meeting (she ended up being with a fresh partner). In 2001, TLC were able to regroup and enter the studio room together to focus on materials for a fresh recording. That summer, a written report surfaced that Lopes got postponed a marriage with Rison. In the meantime, her single debut, Supernova, was planned for release and scrapped on many occasions; it ultimately came out abroad, but domestically Arista drawn the plug. In the meantime, TLC’s documenting halted while Watkins was hospitalized from problems with her anemia. At the start of 2002, Lopes announced that she got signed a single cope with the infamous Suge Knight’s fresh label, Tha Row, that she would start documenting a follow-up towards the unreleased Supernova beneath the name N.We.N.A. (New Identification Non-Applicable). Sadly, she’d never get the opportunity. Travelling in her preferred getaway place, Honduras, Lopes was generating a rented SUV with a minimum of seven (perhaps eight) passengers. Apparently speeding, she dropped control of the automobile, which flipped over; she was the only real person in the party to end up being seriously wounded, and passed away from severe mind trauma on Apr 25, 2002. The making it through people of TLC announced their purpose to accomplish the recording, 3D, that was released that November. 3D presented productions from Austin, in addition to Missy Elliott and Timbaland, the Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins, Babyface, Raphael Saadiq, and Organized Noize. Only 1 of its singles — “Broken” — strike the Popular 100, however the recording went dual platinum. In June 2003, Watkins and Thomas performed as TLC at NY radio train station Z100’s Zootropia concert. Reported to be TLC’s last efficiency, Watkins and Thomas performed having a video projection of Lopes. 2 yrs later on, they co-starred in R U the lady, a nine-episode actuality television program for the UPN network, where performers competed for the award of adding to a single with the duo. Tiffany “O’so Krispie” Baker gained and subsequently made an appearance on “I Wager,” which didn’t chart within the U.S. In ’09 2009, Watkins and Thomas continuing to execute as TLC and prepared to record. 20, an anthology released in Oct 2013, included “Designed to End up being,” a fresh melody compiled by Ne-Yo. The melody played through the shutting credits of VH1’s primary film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Tale, which premiered weekly following the set’s release.

Quick Facts


Full Name TLC
Died April 25, 2002, La Ceiba, Honduras
Awards MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Group, MTV Video Music Award for Viewer's Choice, BET Hip Hop Award for Best Impact Track, Billboard Music Award for Top Female Artist, Billboard Music Award for Top Artist, Soul Train Music Award for Best Video of the Year, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album - Group, Band or Duo, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo, Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Song, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group, Brit Award for International Group, Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Artist
Music Songs No Scrubs, Waterfalls, Way Back, Creep, Unpretty, Red Light Special, Baby, Baby, Baby, I Miss You So Much, Diggin' on You, What About Your Friends, Hands Up, Girl Talk, Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg, Hat 2 da Back, Haters, Dear Lie, Damaged, Silly Ho, Meant to Be, Kick Your Game, I'm Good at Being Bad, Sleigh Ride, This Is How It Works, Intro-Lude, Come Get Some, Take Our Time, Sumthin' Wicked This Way Comes, Case Of The Fake People, It's Sunny, American Gold, Let's Do It Again, Sexy
Albums Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip, CrazySexyCool, CrazyVideoCool, FanMail, 3D, Now & Forever: The Hits, The Very Best of TLC: Crazy Sexy Hits, Very Best of TLC, 20, TLC, Now & Forever - The Hits + R U The Girl "I Bet" Single, Collections, The Greatest Hits Of, We Love TLC, TLC 20
Nominations Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Music Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction, MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video, American Music Award for Artist of the Year, MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing, MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction, MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message, MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects, MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography, MTV Europe Music Award for Best R&B, BET Hip Hop Award for Best Hip Hop Video, Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album, MTV Video Music Award Best Breakthrough Video, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Song, Soul Train Music Award for Best Album of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Music Group, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Group, Soul Train Music Award for Best Song of the Year, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Song, MTV Europe Music Award for MTV Amour, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Album, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video, MuchMusic Video Award for iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist, Billboard Music Award for Top Hot 100 Song, MuchMusic Video Award for People's Choice: Favorite International Group, Mnet Asian Music Award for Best International Artist, American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop New Artist
TV Shows 19 Kids and Counting, Cake Boss, Say Yes to the Dress, Too Close to Home, Toddlers & Tiaras, Little People, Big World, The Little Couple, Sister Wives, Long Island Medium, Kate Plus 8, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, I Am Jazz, What Not to Wear, My 600-lb Life, Long Lost Family, Breaking Amish, Who Do You Think You Are?, My Strange Addiction, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, Gypsy Sisters, Married By Mom and Dad, Love, Lust or Run, Hoarding: Buried Alive, The Willis Family, Extreme Cheapskates, Trading Spaces, Extreme Couponing, Leah Remini: It's All Relative, Cheer Perfection, Late Night Joy, DC Cupcakes, Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, A Baby Story, LA Ink, Welcome to Myrtle Manor, Randy to the Rescue, Craft Wars, Buying Naked, Quints by Surprise, Untold Stories of the E.R., American Chopper, Breaking the Faith, I Found The Gown, Escaping Alaska, All About Sex, Counting On, 90 Day Fiance, OutDaughtered, A Haunting, Kitchen Boss, Something Borrowed, Something New


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#Fact
1 R&B singing group.
2 Ranked #28 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
3 Members have included Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas and Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Roadies 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Crime Story 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Scream Queens 2015 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland 2014 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Alba 2014 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
My Mad Fat Diary 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2013 TV Series 1 episode
American Music Awards 2013 2013 TV Special performer: "Waterfalls"
We're the Millers 2013 performer: "Waterfalls"
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2010 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Other Guys 2010 performer: "Waterfalls"
This Christmas 2007 performer: "Sleigh Ride"
Saturday Night Live 1995-2007 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 performer: "Red Light Special"
Cold Case 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dark Blue 2002 performer: "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"
Soul Food 2000 TV Series performer: "No Scrubs"
The Sopranos 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Brit Awards 1996 1996 TV Special performer: "Waterfalls"
Waiting to Exhale 1995 performer: "This Is How It Works", "Creep"
Top of the Pops 1995 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Losing Isaiah 1995 performer: "Baby-Baby-Baby"
New York Undercover 1995 TV Series 1 episode
All That 1994 TV Series performer - 1 episode
House Party 3 1994 performer: "Make Some Noise"
Poetic Justice 1993 performer: "Get It Up"
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 performer: "Sleigh Ride"
Melrose Place 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Boomerang 1992 performer: "Reversal of a Dog"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All That 1994 TV Series composer - 3 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Taraji's White Hot Holidays 2016 TV Movie Themselves
Good Morning America 2015 TV Series Themselves - Guests
VH1's Super Bowl Blitz: 6 Nights + 6 Shows 2014 TV Series Themself
American Music Awards 2013 2013 TV Special Themselves - Performers
Big Morning Buzz Live 2013 TV Series Themselves
I Heart Radio Music Festival: Night One 2013 TV Movie Themselves
The Best Hit USA 2013 TV Series Themselves
MOBO Awards 2012 2012 TV Special Themselves
American Idol 2011 TV Series Themselves - Performers
Behind the Music 1999-2004 TV Series documentary Themselves
Now and Forever: The Video Hits 2003 Video Themselves
MTV 20: Live & Almost Legal 2001 TV Movie documentary Themselves - Performers
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1999-2000 TV Series Themselves
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
The Pop Zone 1999 TV Series Themselves
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1999 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 TV Special Themselves
1995 MTV Movie Awards 1995 TV Special Themselves
1995 Billboard Music Awards 1995 TV Special Themselves
Living Single 1995 TV Series Themselves
TLC: Crazy Video Cool 1995 Video Themselves
Top of the Pops 1995 TV Series Themselves
Saturday Night Live 1995 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
All That 1994-1995 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
The 7th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1993 TV Special Themselves
The 1992 Billboard Music Awards 1992 TV Special Themselves
TLC: Ooohhh on the Video Tip 1992 Video Themselves
Out All Night 1992 TV Series Themselves

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Themselves
Brit Awards 1996 1996 TV Special Themselves - Nominees, Best International Group Award
Top of the Pops 1995 TV Series Themselves

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 VMA MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) Best Video with a Social Message · J. Cole
2000 Grammy Grammy Awards Record of the Year For the song "No Scrubs"


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