And The GRAMMY Went To ... Sade

Sade's "Soldier Of Love"
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February 23, 2011 -- 2:37 pm PST
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(In the coming weeks GRAMMY.com will feature information and video highlights on winners from the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, held Feb. 13 in Los Angeles. Each installment will offer the winning or related video and some pertinent, and not so pertinent, information about the track and the artists.)

Track: "Soldier Of Love" (iTunes>)

Artist: Sade

Won for: Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

Previous wins: Best New Artist, 1985; Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals in 1993 for "No Ordinary Love"; Best Pop Vocal Album in 2001 for Lovers Rock

Did you know?: Sade's Soldier Of Love album was the group's first studio set since Lovers Rock in 2000, and only their second since 1992's Love Deluxe. Soldier… hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and Billboard's R&B Albums and Top Digital Albums charts, but as a single, the track "Soldier Of Love" only reached No. 52 on the Billboard Hot 100. With certification of 23.5 million units sold, Sade is tied with the Cars; Earth, Wind & Fire; and Mötley Crüe on the RIAA's top-selling artists list. The group will tour with John Legend from June 16 – Aug. 30 for shows in the United States and Canada. "Soldier Of Love" was Sade's second GRAMMY win in the Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals category. The group's debut album, Diamond Life, and single "Smooth Operator" soared to No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 in 1985, respectively. The group's frontwoman and namesake was born Helen Folasade Adu, and she was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in 2002.

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