Sprite Presents: The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards Pre-Show With Brandy and Ray J 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)
Brandy's deep, raspy voice and hip girl-next-door appeal was like a breath of fresh air from the heavy rap, sugary pop and alternative rock music that dominated the charts in the early 1990s. She was the voice behind the monster hits, "I Wanna be Down" (1994), and "Sittin' Up in My Room" (1995), radio-friendly ballads that reflected the singer's youthful musings about first loves and heartache. Her 1998 duet with singer, Monica, "The Boy Is Mine," scored Brandy her first No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts. Far from being a one-note, Brandy nabbed the title role on the popular sitcom, "Moesha" (UPN, 1996-2001), as a trendy teenager navigating her way around high school. With an image less diva than Mariah Carey yet more urban than Whitney Houston, Brandy became a role model anyone's mother could easily approve of. But her red-hot career cooled in the 2000s, coinciding with personal setbacks, including unexpected pregnancy, a fake marriage and a tragic 2006 car accident, which resulted in the death of a young mother. The latter incident kept the singer embroiled in legal battles for almost three years before being cleared of all charges in 2007. With a new lease on life, Brandy set out to resuscitate her ailing career by starring in the VH1 reality series, "Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business" (2010- ), and competing on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" (2005- ). While both projects hardly qualified as major comebacks, they were testaments of the singer's talent and an inner resilience that made the performer truly unique.