Jody Watley

American singer

Jody Vanessa Watley (born 30 January 1959) is an American singer, songwriter and recording artist. Her songs cross multiple genres. She was very popular in the late 1980s.[1][2] She recorded and performed numerous songs related to dance-pop. She was born in Chicago.

Jody Watley
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Background information
Birth nameJody Vanessa Watley
Born (1959-01-30) January 30, 1959 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresPop, hip hop, R&B, soul, adult contemporary, dance, house
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist
Years active1977–1984 (Groups) 1984–present (Solo)
LabelsSOLAR, MCA, Atlantic, Avitone Records
Associated actsShalamar, George Michael Madonna, Janet Jackson, Andre Cymone, 4Hero

Along with Janet Jackson and Madonna, she is one of MTV Video Music Awards most nominated female artists ever. She had six nominations for her ‘Real Love’ video.

Watley has sold over 50 million albums and singles Worldwide.[3] In 2008, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Billboard magazine.


Grammy AwardsEdit

The Grammy Awards are awarded each year by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1988 Best New Artist Won
"Looking for a New Love" Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female Nominated

American Music AwardsEdit

The American Music Awards is a yearly awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1988 "Looking for a New Love" Favorite Single (Soul/R&B) Nominated

MTV Video Music AwardsEdit

The MTV Video Music Awards were started in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1988 "Some Kind of Lover" Best Female Video Nominated
Best New Artist in a Video Nominated
1989 "Real Love" Best Female Video Nominated
Best Dance Video Nominated
Breakthrough Video Nominated
Best Direction in a Video Nominated
Best Art Direction in a Video Nominated
Best Editing in a Video Nominated

Soul Train Music AwardsEdit

The Soul Train Music Awards is a yearly award show. They honor the best in African American music and entertainment.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1988 "Looking for a New Love" Best Music Video Nominated
Best R&B/Soul Single, Female Nominated
Jody Watley Best R&B/Soul Album, Female Nominated

Billboard Music AwardsEdit

The Billboard Music Awards are sponsored by Billboard magazine. They are to honor artists based on Billboard Year-End Charts. The award ceremony was held from 1990 to 2007. Before and after that time span, winners have been announced by Billboard, both in the press and as part of their year-end issue. The award returned in 2011.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2008 Lifetime Achievement Award Won


  1. USA Today (February 16, 1996), Best Bets: Albums Jody Watley Greatest Hits, "Few singers fired up the disco like Jody Watley who set trends and standards for fashion and music in the late 80s.." USA Today Life Section
  2. Ebony Magazine (April 16, 2012), Lewis, Miles Marshall "Jody Watley: Pop's Fashionista Godmother" Retrieved May 18, 2012
  3. Boykin, Keith. Jody Watley Barred From Talking About Gay Games During Chicago Radio Interview Archived 2012-02-13 at the Wayback Machine, 2006-07-24. Accessed 2008-02-03. "She's a Grammy Award-winning artist who has sold more than 50 million albums and singles worldwide."