For longtime R&B fans, Ashanti‘s worldwide debut in the early 2000s was a sight to behold: Backed by Ja Rule and the Murder Inc. imprint, she was the original sis who could not miss. Song after song, feature after feature, she was a radio darling and a 106 & Park mainstay. Between her and Lil Bow Wow, it was hard to pick whose videos remained on the countdown more.
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We rocked with her during the high profile relationship with Nelly. Stood in silent support as 50 Cent and the G-Unit movement humbly ended her crew’s seemingly unstoppable musical run. And cheered her on as she re-emerged better – and badder – than ever.
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Listen.. Ashanti was always pretty, but in recent years, she’s somehow managed to surpass her younger self. 20 years after becoming a household name, she looks better than ever.
Happy 41st birthday, Ashanti. Wishing you nothing but the best for the future as we take a trip down memory lane: Fondly looking back at your jaw-dropping glow up over the past twenty years.
Peep the gallery below.
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1. American Music Awards 2001Source:Getty
2. Teen People’s What’s Next 2002Source:Getty
3. Ja Rule Party in the ParkSource:Getty
4. Ashanti at Virgin MegastoreSource:Getty
5. 2002 Billboard Music AwardsSource:Getty
6. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2002Source:Getty
7. Party In The Park 2002Source:Getty
8. Ashanti Donates Memorabilia To Planet Hollywood NYCSource:Getty
9. Spring 2006 Fashion Show at The Tent at Bryant ParkSource:Getty
10. W Magazine Launch New York 2005Source:Getty
11. Post Grammy Soiree at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse 2009Source:Getty
12. HENNESSY Artistry 2009 SeriesSource:Getty
13. ‘Good Hair’ 2009 ScreeningSource:Getty
14. Hip Hop Honors 2009Source:Getty
15. Watch What Happens Live 2010Source:Getty
16. Christmas in Rockefeller CenterSource:Getty
17. Watch What Happens Live 2013Source:Getty
18. White House Kitchen Garden Final Fall HarvestSource:Getty
19. “The Hamilton Mixtape” Live Performance 2016Source:Getty
20. “The Hamilton Mixtape” Live PerformanceSource:Getty
21. The Smoked Out Roast Of Snoop Dogg – 2016Source:Getty
22. Fusion’s All Def Roast: The Smoked Out Roast Of Snoop DoggSource:Getty
23. Ja Rule & Ashanti In Concert 2016Source:Getty
24. “Natural Born Hitters” Tour 2016Source:Getty
25. Daily Pop – Season 2019Source:Getty
26. Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen – 2019Source:Getty
27. ABC’s “To Tell The Truth” – Season FiveSource:Getty
28. Ashanti Visits “Extra” 2019Source:Getty
29. 2021 MTV Video Music Awards – ShowSource:Getty
30. 2021 MTV Video Music Awards Red CarpetSource:Getty
31. VERZUZ: Fat Joe Vs Ja Rule 2021Source:Getty
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