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Ginuwine was a staple at the top of the charts in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Collaborations with some of R&B and hip-hop's biggest producers and artists, including Timbaland and P. Diddy, helped guide the singer to a decades-long career that's still going strong.
Music was a part of Ginuwine's life even before he decided to make it a career. During his youth, a 12-year-old Ginuwine joined the Finesse Five, performing throughout Washington, D.C. He even moonlighted as an impersonator of one of his musical idols, Michael Jackson. After a stint with another group, Physical Wonder, Ginuwine set his sights on the national stage.
In the late '90s, Ginuwine's career blossomed, and he aligned himself with some of R&B's leading artists and producers. First, he was a member of Swing Mob, a group founded by Jodeci frontman DeVante Swing. During his tenure in the Swing Mob, he connected with Missy Elliot and Timbaland, who became instrumental mentors in his early career.
In 1996, Ginuwine ... The Bachelor debuted, and its first single became Ginuwine's anthem that still defines him today. The crossover ballad "Pony" hit the top spot on the R&B charts and No. 6 on the Billboard Top 100 chart.
Ginuwine's second album, 100% Ginuwine, debuted in 1999 and included a cover of hero Michael Jackson's "She's Out of My Life." In total, Ginuwine's career includes nine albums. Most recently, Ginuwine teamed up with two other R&B hit makers and, conveniently, two of his closest friends, forming the R&B trio TGT with Tyrese and Tank.
Ginuwine's career milestones
"Pony" catapulted Ginuwine to R&B fame, but it was just the start of a successful career. Award nominations rolled in throughout his two-decade music career. His 2000 album 100% Ginuwine earned him Best Album honors at the Soul Train Music Awards. He's earned multiple nominations for the top male R&B artist at the American Music Awards and BET awards, as well as four Grammy nominations.
Never one to settle into just one project, Ginuwine also used his musical success to land other projects in the entertainment industry. He played an R&B singer, a role that wasn't too much of a departure for him, in the 2000 film Juwanna Mann, and was an often-mentioned character--and occasional guest star--on NBC's Parks and Recreation. In addition, Ginuwine contributed to several movie soundtracks, including Men in Black and Romeo Must Die.
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