In My Lifetime: Music Biopics

Will the Nina Simone biopic stack up?

Nina Joins the Block - The Internet tried it but it could not stop the Nina Simone biopic from seeing the light of day. After stills of Zoe Salda?a arrived, depicting the famed singer in what many called blackface, the Internet lost its collective mind.To add insult to injury, the star of the movie herself went out publicly to talk, not so glowingly, about the film's lack of focus.Here we are, almost three years later, and the movie Nina will be out for the world to see on April 22, but how will it stack up against all these other music biopics? Time will tell. ? Jon Reyes & Michael Harris (Photo: Ealing Studios Entertainment, Ealing Studios, Londinium Films)

1 / 30

Nina Joins the Block - The Internet tried it but it could not stop the Nina Simone biopic from seeing the light of day. After stills of Zoe Salda?a arrived, depicting the famed singer in what many called blackface, the Internet lost its collective mind.To add insult to injury, the star of the movie herself went out publicly to talk, not so glowingly, about the film's lack of focus.Here we are, almost three years later, and the movie Nina will be out for the world to see on April 22, but how will it stack up against all these other music biopics? Time will tell. ? Jon Reyes & Michael Harris (Photo: Ealing Studios Entertainment, Ealing Studios, Londinium Films)

More Than a Woman  - Toni Braxton joined the ranks of musical divas who have had her story told on the small screen. The "Another Sad Love Song" singer teamed up with Lifetime to film her biography based on her memoir, Un-Break My Heart. Braxton also served as one of the executive producers, which detailed such things as her battle with lupus, her bankruptcy issues, divorce and her autistic son. (Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

2 / 30

More Than a Woman  - Toni Braxton joined the ranks of musical divas who have had her story told on the small screen. The "Another Sad Love Song" singer teamed up with Lifetime to film her biography based on her memoir, Un-Break My Heart. Braxton also served as one of the executive producers, which detailed such things as her battle with lupus, her bankruptcy issues, divorce and her autistic son. (Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

Our Day Will Come  - The music industry lost a gem in 2011 with the passing of British soul singer Amy Winehouse, but fortunately her story hit the big screen in July, which helps her live on forever. AMY includes interviews with Mos Def, Salaam Remi, and her ex-boyfriend Blake Fielder as well as archive footage. The documentary won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at this year's awards. (Photo: Simone Joyner/Getty Images) 

3 / 30

Our Day Will Come  - The music industry lost a gem in 2011 with the passing of British soul singer Amy Winehouse, but fortunately her story hit the big screen in July, which helps her live on forever. AMY includes interviews with Mos Def, Salaam Remi, and her ex-boyfriend Blake Fielder as well as archive footage. The documentary won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at this year's awards. (Photo: Simone Joyner/Getty Images) 

A Change Is Gonna Come - A film on the life of late soul singer Sam Cooke has been green-lit with producer Romeo Antonio. Cooke ran the '50s and '60s with chart-toppers like ?A Change Is Gonna Come,? ?Cupid,? ?You Send Me? and ?Chain Gang? and was one of the first artists to own his own label after growing tired of being swindled by record companies.With Cooke?s family and friends on board as consultants for the authorized work, the movie will also take a look at his controversial murder at the age of 33. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

4 / 30

A Change Is Gonna Come - A film on the life of late soul singer Sam Cooke has been green-lit with producer Romeo Antonio. Cooke ran the '50s and '60s with chart-toppers like ?A Change Is Gonna Come,? ?Cupid,? ?You Send Me? and ?Chain Gang? and was one of the first artists to own his own label after growing tired of being swindled by record companies.With Cooke?s family and friends on board as consultants for the authorized work, the movie will also take a look at his controversial murder at the age of 33. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

10 Things That Must Be Addressed in N.W.A. Movie - The casting for the starring roles in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton is now complete as Aldis Hodge has been cast to play MC Ren while Neil Brown Jr. will play DJ Yella. Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell were previously cast to play Dr. Dre and Eazy-E while Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. will play portray his pops. The film will be directed by F. Gary Gray and is scheduled to hit theatres on August 14, 2015.Now with many biopics, creative licensing is usually taken and many facts are purposely left out or the truth is sometimes glossed over. With the living members of the group serving as producers of the film, let's hope this doesn't happen. Still, there are a few topics that we think need to be properly addressed in the upcoming film. — Michael Harris (@IceBlueVA)(Photo:Todd MacMillan/Universal Pictures)

5 / 30

10 Things That Must Be Addressed in N.W.A. Movie - The casting for the starring roles in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton is now complete as Aldis Hodge has been cast to play MC Ren while Neil Brown Jr. will play DJ Yella. Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell were previously cast to play Dr. Dre and Eazy-E while Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. will play portray his pops. The film will be directed by F. Gary Gray and is scheduled to hit theatres on August 14, 2015.Now with many biopics, creative licensing is usually taken and many facts are purposely left out or the truth is sometimes glossed over. With the living members of the group serving as producers of the film, let's hope this doesn't happen. Still, there are a few topics that we think need to be properly addressed in the upcoming film. — Michael Harris (@IceBlueVA)(Photo:Todd MacMillan/Universal Pictures)

/content/dam/betcom/images/2011/04/Music-4.16-4.30/042111-music-tupac-shakur.jpg

6 / 30

Pac's Life - Tupac's biopic finally went into production in December of 2015. One of the film's producers, Randall Emmett, revealed that Pac's biopic will include his original songs. "Morgan Creek acquired all the music from the estate when they partnered with Tupac's mother... He really was, in my opinion, for sure, one of the greatest talents that ever lived in music and in hip hop.? Currently the film is being directed by Benny Boom after John Singleton said on Instagram that, "the people involved aren?t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac." (Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage)

Aaliyah: Princess of R&B - Aaliyah: Princess of R&B hit the small screen last November and starred Alexandra Shipp while Wendy Williams served as one of the executive producers. Watched by millions, the Lifetime biopic caught a lot of heat from disappointed family, friends and fans. (Photo: Lifetime)

7 / 30

Aaliyah: Princess of R&B - Aaliyah: Princess of R&B hit the small screen last November and starred Alexandra Shipp while Wendy Williams served as one of the executive producers. Watched by millions, the Lifetime biopic caught a lot of heat from disappointed family, friends and fans. (Photo: Lifetime)

Spinning Gold - Word is Kelly Rowland is up for the part of Donna Summer in upcoming Spike Lee-directed movie, Spinning Gold. The flick is based on the life of Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart, played by Justin Timberlake. Summer, the Queen of Disco, is one of the world's best-selling artists with over 130 million records sold and Rowland, a Destiny's Child alum, definitely knows a little something about that kind of success. Thumbs up.(Photos from left: Kelly Rowland via Instagram, Keystone/Getty Images)

8 / 30

Spinning Gold - Word is Kelly Rowland is up for the part of Donna Summer in upcoming Spike Lee-directed movie, Spinning Gold. The flick is based on the life of Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart, played by Justin Timberlake. Summer, the Queen of Disco, is one of the world's best-selling artists with over 130 million records sold and Rowland, a Destiny's Child alum, definitely knows a little something about that kind of success. Thumbs up.(Photos from left: Kelly Rowland via Instagram, Keystone/Getty Images)

Get on Up - The life story of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, hit theaters Aug. 1, 2014, with Chadwick Boseman cast in the starring role alongside Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and more. It opened in third place at the box office, grossing more than its $30 million budget. Say it loud, "Black and proud."(Photos from left: CBS /Landov, Universal Pictures)

9 / 30

Get on Up - The life story of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, hit theaters Aug. 1, 2014, with Chadwick Boseman cast in the starring role alongside Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and more. It opened in third place at the box office, grossing more than its $30 million budget. Say it loud, "Black and proud."(Photos from left: CBS /Landov, Universal Pictures)

Prince in Purple Rain - It's hard to tell where the album ends and the film begins, but one thing's for sure: Purple Rain is a cinematic odyssey that was way ahead of its time. The semi-autobiographical film showcased the breadth of Prince's talent as an artist, actor and musician and instantly achieved cult status.  (Photo: Warner Bros Pictures)

10 / 30

Prince in Purple Rain - It's hard to tell where the album ends and the film begins, but one thing's for sure: Purple Rain is a cinematic odyssey that was way ahead of its time. The semi-autobiographical film showcased the breadth of Prince's talent as an artist, actor and musician and instantly achieved cult status. (Photo: Warner Bros Pictures)

Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story - T-Boz, Chilli and Left-Eye's surviving the music industry tales were documented in this VH1 movie. Drew Sidora, KeKe Palmer and Lil' Mama received rave reviews as the dynamic trio and the premiere brought in a history-making 4.5 million-plus viewers.(Photos from left: VH1, Ron Galella/WireImage)

11 / 30

Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story - T-Boz, Chilli and Left-Eye's surviving the music industry tales were documented in this VH1 movie. Drew Sidora, KeKe Palmer and Lil' Mama received rave reviews as the dynamic trio and the premiere brought in a history-making 4.5 million-plus viewers.(Photos from left: VH1, Ron Galella/WireImage)

Jimi Hendrix - Wood Harris played the famed guitarist on the small screen in 2000 in the film Hendrix. Andr? 3000 will also portray Jimi in All Is by My Side, which focuses on his career while in London. Dre's version is not supported by Hendrix's estate, which wouldn't allow any of his music to be used, but with Three Stacks on board, it shouldn't be hard to pull out a bangin' soundtrack. It's slated for a September release.(Photos from left: Central Press/Getty Images, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com)

12 / 30

Jimi Hendrix - Wood Harris played the famed guitarist on the small screen in 2000 in the film Hendrix. Andr? 3000 will also portray Jimi in All Is by My Side, which focuses on his career while in London. Dre's version is not supported by Hendrix's estate, which wouldn't allow any of his music to be used, but with Three Stacks on board, it shouldn't be hard to pull out a bangin' soundtrack. It's slated for a September release.(Photos from left: Central Press/Getty Images, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com)

Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story - Think Like a Man actor Romany Malco put on the parachute pants and Cazal glasses for this 2001 made-for-TV flick. It follows the veteran rapper's career from a bat boy for the Oakland A's to headlining arenas across the country. It also covers his financial woes and his tenure rolling with Death Row Records. (Photos from left: Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for TechCrunch/AOL, VH1)

13 / 30

Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story - Think Like a Man actor Romany Malco put on the parachute pants and Cazal glasses for this 2001 made-for-TV flick. It follows the veteran rapper's career from a bat boy for the Oakland A's to headlining arenas across the country. It also covers his financial woes and his tenure rolling with Death Row Records. (Photos from left: Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for TechCrunch/AOL, VH1)

The Jacksons: An American Dream - This hit the tube in 1992 as a mini-series and has lived in syndication ever since. It tells the story of the Jacksons' rise from the streets of Gary, Ind., to Motown, based on matriarch Katherine Jackson's autobiography, My Family, and co-produced by Jermaine.(Photo: ABC)

14 / 30

The Jacksons: An American Dream - This hit the tube in 1992 as a mini-series and has lived in syndication ever since. It tells the story of the Jacksons' rise from the streets of Gary, Ind., to Motown, based on matriarch Katherine Jackson's autobiography, My Family, and co-produced by Jermaine.(Photo: ABC)

Introducing Dorthy Dandrige - Halle Berry was superb in the 1999 HBO Film Introducing Dorthy Dandrige, about the life of the trailblazing singer and actress.    (Photo: HBO Films)

15 / 30

Introducing Dorthy Dandrige - Halle Berry was superb in the 1999 HBO Film Introducing Dorthy Dandrige, about the life of the trailblazing singer and actress.    (Photo: HBO Films)

Cadillac Records  - Beyonc? plays soul music pioneer Etta James in this phenomenal 2008 flick, which chronicles the career of Blues legend Muddy Waters and Chess Records. (Photo: TriStar Pictures)

16 / 30

Cadillac Records  - Beyonc? plays soul music pioneer Etta James in this phenomenal 2008 flick, which chronicles the career of Blues legend Muddy Waters and Chess Records. (Photo: TriStar Pictures)

/content/dam/betcom/images/2011/10/Music-10.01-10.15/100511-music-biopics-miles-davis.jpg

17 / 30

Miles Davis - Miles Davis(Photo: Landov)

Why Do Fools Fall in Love  - Actor Larenz Tate starred as troubled singer Frankie Lymon, who passed tragically in 1968 at 25. The movie title was adopted from Lymon's Top 10 hit of the same name.(Photo: Warner Bros.)

18 / 30

Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Actor Larenz Tate starred as troubled singer Frankie Lymon, who passed tragically in 1968 at 25. The movie title was adopted from Lymon's Top 10 hit of the same name.(Photo: Warner Bros.)

Eminem, 8 Mile - Slim shattered expectations with his star turn in the semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile.  (Photo: Universal Pictures)

19 / 30

Eminem, 8 Mile - Slim shattered expectations with his star turn in the semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile.  (Photo: Universal Pictures)

Ray  - Jamie Foxx won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2004 for this incredible Ray Charles biopic. The film chronicles Ray's life as he suffered from blindness and drug addiction while becoming one of the greatest artists of all time.(Photo: Universal Pictures)

20 / 30

Ray  - Jamie Foxx won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2004 for this incredible Ray Charles biopic. The film chronicles Ray's life as he suffered from blindness and drug addiction while becoming one of the greatest artists of all time.(Photo: Universal Pictures)

Notorious  - This 2009 story was an enjoyable trip down memory lane for rap lovers. In addiotion to telling the life story of Notorious B.I.G, the film also shows how Puffy launched Bad Boy Records.(Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

21 / 30

Notorious - This 2009 story was an enjoyable trip down memory lane for rap lovers. In addiotion to telling the life story of Notorious B.I.G, the film also shows how Puffy launched Bad Boy Records.(Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

The Temptations - This 1998 TV miniseries about the pioneering soul group received critical acclaim and was produced by founding member Otis Williams and former Motown Records executive Suzanne de Passe.(Photo: De Passe Entertainment)

22 / 30

The Temptations - This 1998 TV miniseries about the pioneering soul group received critical acclaim and was produced by founding member Otis Williams and former Motown Records executive Suzanne de Passe.(Photo: De Passe Entertainment)

Moment 4 Life - A folk hero in hip hop, the Wu-Tang rapper saved the life of 4-year-old girl in 1998. After the girl was trapped under a car outside of a Brooklyn, NY, studio, Ol? Dirty and his friends helped to lift the car off the child. True to his words when he crashed the Grammy Awards that same year, ODB proved that ?Wu-Tang is for the children.?(Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

23 / 30

Moment 4 Life - A folk hero in hip hop, the Wu-Tang rapper saved the life of 4-year-old girl in 1998. After the girl was trapped under a car outside of a Brooklyn, NY, studio, Ol? Dirty and his friends helped to lift the car off the child. True to his words when he crashed the Grammy Awards that same year, ODB proved that ?Wu-Tang is for the children.?(Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Lady Sings the Blues - This seminal biopic about jazz legend Billie Holiday was nominated for five Oscars in 1973, including a Best Actress nod for Diana Ross. The film, based on Holiday's autobiography and named for one of her most popular songs, spawned a hugely successful soundtrack album as well.(Photo: Courtesy Motown Pictures)

24 / 30

Lady Sings the Blues - This seminal biopic about jazz legend Billie Holiday was nominated for five Oscars in 1973, including a Best Actress nod for Diana Ross. The film, based on Holiday's autobiography and named for one of her most popular songs, spawned a hugely successful soundtrack album as well.(Photo: Courtesy Motown Pictures)

What's Love Got to Do With It - Angela Basset nailed enigmatic soul singer Tina Turner in this 1993 biopic. It follows her journey through childhood and domestic abuse at the hands of her manager and husband, Ike, played by Laurence Fishburne.(Photo: Touchstone Pictures)

25 / 30

What's Love Got to Do With It - Angela Basset nailed enigmatic soul singer Tina Turner in this 1993 biopic. It follows her journey through childhood and domestic abuse at the hands of her manager and husband, Ike, played by Laurence Fishburne.(Photo: Touchstone Pictures)

El Cantante  - J.Lo and Mark Anthony teamed up to tell the story of Latin singer H?ctor Lavoe, whose promising career was cut short by AIDS in 1993 at the age of 46.(Photo: Picturehouse)

26 / 30

El Cantante  - J.Lo and Mark Anthony teamed up to tell the story of Latin singer H?ctor Lavoe, whose promising career was cut short by AIDS in 1993 at the age of 46.(Photo: Picturehouse)

50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin' - Fif followed Em's 8 Mile blueprint by launching his own film career with this 2005 film that closely mirrors his life.  (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

27 / 30

50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin' - Fif followed Em's 8 Mile blueprint by launching his own film career with this 2005 film that closely mirrors his life.  (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Raekwon - The bio of the Wu-Tang MC will be called C.R.E.A.M. and Cee Lo Green will reportedly play the Chef's father. Cool Kids rapper/producer Chuck Inglish is said to be in the running for the role of Rae.(Photo: Bob Berg/Getty Images)

28 / 30

Raekwon - The bio of the Wu-Tang MC will be called C.R.E.A.M. and Cee Lo Green will reportedly play the Chef's father. Cool Kids rapper/producer Chuck Inglish is said to be in the running for the role of Rae.(Photo: Bob Berg/Getty Images)

/content/dam/betcom/images/Topic Pages/Music/070711-music-topic-bob-marley.jpg

29 / 30

25. 'Lonesome Feeling' - Marley's early recordings are still underappreciated, but his urgent, pained, already gravelly singing on this ska heartbreaker will have you digging in the crates ? or iTunes ? to school yourself.(Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

/content/dam/betcom/images/2011/04/Celebs-4.1-4.15/040611-celeb-marvin-gaye-biopic.jpg

30 / 30

Marvin Gaye - A trailer for Sexual Healing, a movie about the Motown singer's life starring Law & Order star Jesse L. Martin, hit the Web in September 2013. There's still no release date, however, which makes us all wanna holler. (Photo: Detroit Free Press/MCT/Landov)