Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas (born October 13, 1980), known simply as Ashanti, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress.She was first discovered as a teenager and later signed to Murder Inc. That year, she was featured on Fat Joe's "What's Luv? The album earned her many awards, including eight Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, and a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Contemporary R&B Album.Ashanti provided the melodic response to their call.Ashanti was first featured as a background vocalist on rapper Big Pun's song "How We Roll". " and "Always on Time" were released simultaneously and became two of the biggest hit songs of 2002. in his 1995 single "One More Chance", and by Big L in "MVP"). The album has been certified triple platinum in the United States and sold six million copies worldwide.And to make it official -- before their date, Michelle told The Mirror they're an item, saying, "It's going really well. When we started hanging out, I just thought she was awesome, and we have the best time together."35-year-old Michelle and 21-year-old Cara have been all over each other for 6 weeks now -- starting last month with a drunken makeout session courtside at a Knicks game -- so nothing fishy about this hookup.
Chapter II was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain on Me" were nominated in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, respectively.In 2003, Ashanti released her second album, Chapter II, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 326,000 copies in the U. The album went platinum, selling over 1.5 million copies in U. Chapter II was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain on Me" were each nominated in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.In November 2003, Ashanti released a Christmas album titled Ashanti's Christmas, which was a modest commercial success.With "Foolish", she became the second artist (after The Beatles) to have their first three chart entries in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously.Ashanti wrote and sang background on Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)", which also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's singles, "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain On Me", were both commercial successes, peaking at number two and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, respectively.Its video, which showed Ashanti in a bikini frolicking on a beach and riding an elephant, was nominated for two 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.