Jody Watley. On This Day March 2 Classic Photo And Moment Of The Day.

Mar 2, 1988: the 30th Grammy’s were held in New York City Radio City Music Hall. #80s U2’s Joshua Tree won Album of Year. I won won Best New Artist.

It’s special then and now. As well to this very week have the Number Two Soul Single in the UK with my new group SRLOfficial and a Most Added Smooth Jazz Single on Billboard and Top 25 already on the Smooth Jazz Network To have this longevity is amazing and takes so much determination, hard work, tenacity and faith-resting on laurels is never for me. I am of gratitude and an abundance of enthusiasm for the gift of life and music to share with you! I hope I inspire you all to keep going authentically in your path being who you want to be

– and it’s OK if that changes over time!

Jody Watley Classic Image Of The Day. Best New Artist 1988

Decades of hits, influence in style, fashion meets music in early celebrity ad campaigns, high profile editorial features, the first artist to introduce the rap/sung formula Pop/R and B, Dance with Hip Hop Rap on the groundbreaking multi format Crossover hot “Friends” featuring Eric B & Rakim – a formula that continues to dominate commercial music and ended up with a category of its own at The Grammys by The Recording Academy in the 90’s to being ranked by Billboard Magazine as one of the Greatest Dance Club Artists Of All Time in 2016 and still going strong – Jody Watley is not only one of the music s most enduring and versatile stars as well she is one of Grammys Best New Artist success stories.

Jody Watley and SRL. The Mood Enters Indie Top 30 Countdown

Listen to this new quality music playlist at your leisure : Here

Jody Watley Classic Image. 90’s At The Grammy’s

As a former Best New Artist recipient and nominee in 1988, here I am at The Grammy Awards in 1993 to present Best New Artist. The winner that year was Toni Braxton.

I’m wearing a Jody Watley designed original as most of you know I’ve been primarily self styled over the years and designed many of my outfits.

Jody Watley. My Grammy Moment on Billboard

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My career has evolved and continued as an artist, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur.  I’ve endured many challenges and obstacles while holding on to being as true to myself and as authentic as I can be — not easy in this industry. As I’ve always said, I never wanted to be stuck in a box, the pop box or machinery of the industry to maintain a certain level of ultra commercial appeal. My influence continues as reflected in my bio and the range in genres reflected from my discography..winning the Best New Artist Grammy has always seemed to be a controversial, maligned and marginalized by some – for me it remains a blessing an unlikely achievement that I remain proud of and thrilled to have received ..read some of what it meant to me at the time: Billboard

Jody Watley Domo Arigato Japan and Billboard Live With Love.

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© Jody Watley 2014 Photo: Jody Watley Music

Photo: © Jody Watley 2014 Pictured with fans: Hiroaki, Yoshinori, and Shun in Tokyo.

 

© 2014 Jody Watley. Love. It's In The Music!

© 2014 Jody Watley. Love. It’s In The Music!

© 2014 Jody Watley, she was inspired by my makeup, music and style - and presented me with this beautiful piece of art.

© 2014 Jody Watley, (he) lovingly dressed in drag was inspired by my makeup, music and style – and presented me with this perfectly executed piece of art. I appreciate the diversity of my fans and celebrate them all!

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. These young men in Osaka were so enthusiastic to meet me and told me they'd been introduced to my music by their parents! I love that.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. These young men in Osaka were so enthusiastic to meet me and told me they’d been introduced to my music by their parents! I love that. What a blessing to appeal to a younger generation as well!

 

© Jody Watley 2014. Art gift.

Photo: © Jody Watley 2014. Fan Created Art, gift in Tokyo.

 

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Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley – There were always  fans waiting – I signed a lot of vinyl.

Photo: © 2014 with John 'Havic' Gregory and Rosero McCoy (choreographer/dancer) - I LOVE these guys!

Photo: © 2014 with John ‘Havic’ Gregory (dancer/dance teacher) and Rosero McCoy (choreographer/dancer/best friend) – I LOVE these guys!

Photo © 2014 Jody Watley. Music spanning decades!

Photo © 2014 Jody Watley. Music spanning decades!

 

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley with illustrator Hatsune.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley with artist illustrator Hatsune.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley  - merch.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley – some of the merchandise.

 

Photo: © 2014 with my band.

Photo: © 2014 with my band, dancers and backing vocalist/dancer. Pictured: Donnell Spencer Jr., Rodney Lee, Christina Grady, Sam Sims, Adam Hawley, Upper: John ‘Havic’ Grady’, Rosero McCoy 

© 2014 Jody Watley. Real Love Live 2014.

© 2014 Jody Watley. Rocking the house with Real Love Live 2014.

 

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy killin' it with his freestyle dance on 'Still A Thrill'

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy killin’ it with his freestyle dance on ‘Still A Thrill’

© 2014 Jody Watley with Maya Chou (she's done youtube video's to my music including 'Nightlife' and her Waacking Crew from Taiwan. I love that my fan base is so diverse.

© 2014 Jody Watley with Maya Chou (she’s done youtube video’s to my music including ‘Nightlife’ and her Waacking Crew from Taiwan. I love that my fan base is so diverse.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. With my band and dancers after another successful and fun series of concerts at Billboard Live.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. With my band and dancers after another successful and fun series of concerts at Billboard Live.

Here are some photo’s from my recent Japan Tour in Osaka and Tokyo at Billboard Live. Stellar shows, fans, staff — my favorite place to perform. Fans really watch and participate in the shows – no one is filming or taking pictures, they respect the policies. When I perform a ballad or speak – they listen, no one talking, this as an artist is greatly appreciated so respectful; no distractions.

It’s In The Music!!

I’m going to miss being with them on my UK appearances as a part of David Gest Presents: Legends of Soul Concert Tour. Hopefully, my abbreviated appearances on this tour will kindle the fire to get us all over to do my dynamic show and present the full Jody Watley live concert experience.

Jody Watley. Spinner. Grammy Winners and Their Statues.

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“Grammy winners reveal what happened to their statues after the event.” Including Henry Rollins, OK Go, Alannah Miles, Jody Watley, and more: Read the article here:  Spinner

Stylenote: I wore  a vintage turquoise cocktail dress and paired with a customized black leather biker jacket to give the outfit edge and of course my signature jumbo hoop earrings!