If there was one thing Jazmine Sullivan taught fans was that some things are worth the wait. Following a five-year hiatus, the R&B singer and songwriter released her highly anticipated fourth studio album Heaux Tales.
The 14-track album featured guest appearances from several R&B songstresses, including Ari Lennox, whom Sullivan collaborated with on “On It.” The duo gave a dazzling performance on the single during the 2021 Soul Train Awards.
A candid and vulnerable musical letter to the mistake made in her twenties, Heaux Tales earned the singer several awards, including "Best R&B Album of the Year" at the 64th annual Grammy Awards and "Album of the Year" at the BET Awards 2021 and the 2021 Soul Train Awards.
Ahead of the BET Awards 2022, look at Heaux Tales swept award ceremonies five times.
BET Awards 2021
The Philly native’s fourth studio project Heaux Tales took home "Album of the Year" at the 2021 BET Awards. The singer dedicated the honor to her mother, who joined her on stage, and to Black women during her acceptance speech. The star shared that they "would've never expected to be here" and "didn't see any of this happening" given everything they experienced two years before.
2021 Soul Train Music Awards
The multitalented star won Album of the Year during the 2021 Soul Train Award hosted by the dynamic best friend duo Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell. The 35-year-old spoke candidly and humbly while accepting the honor, telling listeners, “I want to say something. I want to be honest with you guys. I feel real uncomfortable being up here in front of people and people kind of seeing me—especially since mama been in during quarantine, baby.”
She added, "I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't hide anymore. Usually, if I was feeling not my best, I will probably not have shown up, but I didn't want to do that."
2022 Grammy Awards
During the 64th annual Grammy Awards, Jazmine’s hit single “Pick Up Your Feelings” tied with Silk Sonic, Bruno Mars, and Anderson .Paak, for their smash hit “Leave the Door Open,” for “Best R&B Performance,” earning the soul singer her first career Grammy after previously being nominated fifteen times. It was the songwriter’s first of two honors that night.
After receiving one of the first awards given out during one of the biggest nights in music, Jazmine’s first musical effort since her 2015 studio album Reality Show won “Best Album.” During her acceptance speech, the singer opened up about what the album “ended up being,” stating that it “was a safe space for Black women to tell their stories, for us to learn from each other, laugh with each other, and not be exploited at the same time.”
Although it might not be an award, Heaux Tales garnered the attention and respect of many highly respected entertainment outlets, including NPR, Entertainment Weekly, LA Times, and Pitchfork, whom all named it Album of the year.