Kimberly (Lil’ Kim) Jones: her Life, Music Career, Awards

Her Life

Lil' Kim her LifeKimberly Denise Jones, was borne on July 11, 1974, to parents Linwood Jones and Ruby Mae. She is of Native American and African American descent. Standing merely 4 feet 11 inches grandiloquent Kimberly Jones looks much less than being merely your mean girl in the hood, but when “Lil’ Kim” was introduced to the world she became knew for her provocative complete-the-top outfits, glamorous blonde hair-dos, pornographic attitude, sexy man-crazed looked, and a groundbreaking triumph that eventually secured her place as one of the few female rappers in a male-dominated industry.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Kimberly was born into a broken housed, by age 9 her parents had filed for divorce, leaving her and older brother Christopher under the custody of their father.A rebellious child living under the strict rules of her dad, Kimberly and her father had constant fights, and eventually she ran away from home.As a teenager she lived with friends, drug-dealing boyfriends, and, occasionally, on the streets. After meeting her mentor and life saver Christopher Wallace, (Notorious B.I.G/Biggie Smalls), she began to clean up her life and it was Christopher who helped her develop a career in music. By then Kimberly had taken in the slogan “Lil’ Kim” after her height and curbing her name to just Kim.Her Music Career

Lil’ Kim has worked hard to be controversial. Born Kimberly Jones, she is one of the most famous (or infamous) female rappers known to incorporate explicit lyrics into her music. On her own since her teen years, she learned to rap on the streets of Brooklyn. Biggie Smalls (also known as Notorious B.I.G.) took her under his wings and began mentoring her in the early 1990s. She joined the Junior M.A.F.I.A. and was on their Conspiracy album released in 1995. Her overt sexiness was immediately recognized and helped launch her solo career the following year. Hard Core was Lil’ Kim’s debut album. Aptly named, it produced three hit singles and reached the #11 spot on the charts thanks in part to contributions from B.I.G. and Puff Daddy.

But Lil’ Kim proved she can stand on her own. After the assassination of Biggie Smalls in 1997, she contributed to Born Again, a B.I.G. album released posthumously two years after his death. By 1999, she officially launched Queen Bee Records, her own record label. She appeared in the movie She’s All That, marking her film debut. During this time she made sure she kept the public’s attention by appearing nearly nude in multiple magazines. She was generous with her musical contributions, appearing on several albums in collaboration with other artists including Puff Daddy’s Forever.

Lil’s Kim’s second album, The Notorious K.I.M. (2000) was a clear tribute to her relationship with Biggie Smalls. It would go on to become certified platinum although it did not sell as well as her first record. She was part of the ensemble of female singers that produced the #1 song Lady Marmalade. Her work with Mya, Missy Elliott, Pink, and Christina Aguilera resulted in her first Grammy Award win. The song continues to receive airplay today.

She went on to work on Chicago, another soundtrack, in 2003. The same year she released La Bella Mafia, her third and most popular album at that point in time.

Sexy Lil Kim singThis popularity was in large part due to her Magic Stick song with its highly explicit lyrics. Soon her music took a back seat to her troubles with the law including perjury and obstruction of justice charges. By 2005 she was serving time in a federal after being convicted of conspiracy and perjury. During her stint in prison, she released The Naked Truth, her fourth record. The album debuted well, reaching #6 on the charts.

Her Awards

  • Grammy Awards
    • 1997: Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Ladies Night (Not Tonight remix)” (with M
      issy Elliott, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Da Brat, and Angie Martinez) (nominated)
    • 2002: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Lady Marmalade” (WINNER)
    • 2003: Best F

    • emale Rap Solo Performance for “Came Back for You” (nominated)
    • 2003: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Can’t Hold Us Down” (with Christina Aguilera) (nominated)
    • 2003: Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Magic Stick” (with 50 Cent) (nominated)
    • 2008: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Let It Go” (with Keyshia Cole & Missy Elliott) (nominated)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • 1998: Viewer’s Choice for “All About The Benjamins” (with P. Diddy and others)
    • 2001: Video of the Year for “Lady Marmalade”
    • 2001: Best Video from a Film for “Lady Marmalade”
  • My VH1 Awards
    • 2001: Favorite Video (“Lady Marmalade”)
    • 2001: Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Just My Video? (“Lady Marmalade”)
  • Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards
    • 1997: Best Video by a Female – Rap/R&B (“Crush On You”)
    • 1999: Best Video by a Female – Rap/R&B (“Not Tonight (remix)”)
  • Source Awards
    • 2003: Female Artist of the Year
    • 2003: Female Single of the Year “The Jumpoff”
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • 2001: Choice Song of the Summer (“Lady Marmalade”)
  • MOBO Awards
    • 2003: Most Stylish Artist of the Year
  • Radio Music Awards
    • 2001: Song of the Year Top 40 Pop Radio-“Lady Marmalade”
  • TMF Awards-Belgium
    • 2001: Video of The Year-“Lady Marmalade”
  • TMF Awards-Netherlands
    • 2001: Video of The Year-“Lady Marmalade”
  • ALMA Awards
    • 2002: Outstanding Song- Motion Picture Soundtrack “Lady Marmalade”
  • ASCAP Music Awards
    • 2002: Song of the Year-“Lady Marmalade”
  • MTV Japan Awards
    • 2002: Best Choreography “Lady Marmalade”
  • MVPA Video Awards
    • 2002: Best Styling In A Video-“Lady Marmalade”
  • VIBE Awards
  • 2005: Album of the Year The Naked Truth (nominated)
  • BET Awards
    • 2006: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist (nominated)
    • 2008: Best Song “Let It Go” (nominated)
    • 2010: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist (nominated)
  • American Music Awards
    • 2003: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
    • 2005: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist (nominated)