D’Angelo is without a doubt one of the most important names in music of the last few decades. Since his debut in 1995 with his first album Brown Sugar, D’Angelo has been heralded as one of the frontrunners of the neo-soul movement, alongside the likes of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. His first album, which garnered such hits as “Brown Sugar”, “Lady”, and a cover of the Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin’”, received critical praise and sold over a million copies. Following a hiatus from mainstream music, D’Angelo released his second album Voodoo in 2000 to critical acclaim and went on to win Grammys for Best Male R&B Vocal and Beast R&B Album. However, after releasing the video for “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” and not acclimating to his role as a sex symbol, D’Angelo fell into a musical hiatus spanning fourteen years.
In December of 2014, D’Angelo released his third album Black Messiah with minimal promotion. Black Messiah received widespread critical acclaim. The album won the 2016 Grammy for Best R&B Album, with the single “Really Love” winning the award for Best R&B Song.