Record-Breaking Single “Lately” up for 2013 “Best Traditional R&B Performance”
Songwriter, performer, producer and R&B icon Anita Baker has just been nominated for her 16th career Grammy Award for her record-breaking single “Lately.”
Baker will look to garner her ninth Grammy Award with “Lately,” which is nominated for “Best Traditional R&B Performance.” She has won eight Grammy awards previously.
“Lately” is from Baker’s forthcoming album, Only Forever, due out 2013. The much-anticipated album will be her first in eight years, and the single “Lately” instantly became the biggest release of her career, debuting at #10 on Billboard’s Urban AC Chart – the highest single debut of anyone in 15 years.
The success of “Lately,” which recently hit #1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart and sat atop the Jazz chart for five consecutive weeks, also put Baker in the record books. With her latest #1, she surpassed Whitney Houston for the longest span of number-one hits. Houston’s record was 14 years; beginning with Baker’s first #1, 1994’s “Body & Soul” to 2005’s “How Does It Feel?” and up to “Lately,” she sets the new mark of 18 chart-topping years.
“Lately” was released digitally on August 7, 2012, and was produced by The Underdogs and executive-produced by Anita Baker and Don Was. Currently touring in support of Only Forever, Baker performed at Radio City Music Hall and sold out four shows in five days in late August, including the famed Hollywood Bowl.
Baker is an eight-time Grammy winner, with four platinum and two gold albums to her name. She shot to fame with her classic album Rapture, and experienced critical and commercial success with subsequent albums Giving You the Best I Got, Compositions, Rhythm of Love, and My Everything. She has also released a successful greatest hits (The Best of Anita Baker), holiday (Christmas Fantasy), and live album (A Night of Rapture: Live).
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