A Timeline: Boyz II Men's Career

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 03:  Nathan Morris, Wayna Morris and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men announce their residency at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on January 3, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

A Timeline: Boyz II Men's Career

From the beginning to the end of the road. Catch Boyz II Men's Very Soul Train Special on BET Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 7P/6C!

Published June 6, 2017

  1. 1992: 'End of the Road'
    A four man singing group, Boyz II Men, specialists in R&B soul and acapella music, founded in 1988, November 25, 1992. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)

    While touring during 1992, Boyz II Men recorded the single "End of the Road," co-written and produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, for the soundtrack to Eddie Murphy's film Boomerang. It hit the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 22, 1992 and remained there for a record-setting 13 weeks, until November 14, 1992. The success of "End of the Road" instantly transformed Boyz II Men from up-and-coming R&B stars into A-List celebrities.

  2. 1994: 'II'
    NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 8:   R&B group Boyz II Men attends the 11th Annual MTV Videon Music Awards on September 8, 1994 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
    (Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

    In 1993, Boyz II Men recorded their sophomore album. In 1994, the album II was released. II sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S. alone, becoming one of the best-selling albums ever released by an R&B group, and one of the biggest albums of the decade. "I'll Make Love to You" broke records.

  3. 1997–1998: Evolution and label conflicts
    Boyz II Men during Boyz II Men Music Video Shoot - September 1, 1997 at London in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Fred Duval/FilmMagic)

    Boyz II Men's third studio album, Evolution, was released in 1997. Despite mixed reviews from fans, the album sold three million copies. The single "Four Seasons of Loneliness" reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart. The second single, the Babyface-written "A Song for Mama" (the theme song to the Babyface-produced film Soul Food) was a Top 10 success.

  4. 1999–2001: Nathan, Michael, Shawn, Wanya
    NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 14:   R&B group Boyz II Men attends People Magazine's 25th Anniversary Celebration October 14, 1999 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
    (Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

    In 1999, Motown's parent company, Polygram, was bought by Universal Music Group. Motown was merged with UMG's Universal Records, with Boyz II Men being reassigned to Universal. Boyz II Men departed from Universal in 2001, ending their relationship with the company that brought them to international stardom in 1991. The label released a greatest hits compilation, Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection, to close out their contract.

  5. 2002–2003: Full Circle and 'The Color of Love'
    Boyz II Men during Boyz II Men album release party at Club Suede in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
    (Photo: KMazur/WireImage)

    Signing a new deal with Arista Records in 2002, Boyz II Men began recording the Full Circle album and recruited Babyface for the single "The Color of Love." The album received a significant promotional budget.

  6. 2004–2006: 'Throwback, Vol. 1' and 'The Remedy'
    Boyz II Men during 2004 Billboard Music Awards - Red Carpet at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
    (Photo: KMazur/WireImage)

    After a year out of the spotlight, Boyz II Men returned to the scene to create the independent label MSM Music Group (distributed through Koch Records) and released the Throwback, Vol. 1 LP in 2004. In 2005, Boyz II Men recorded a CD with Anderson Cameau called Apocalypse, a project meant to benefit Haiti. In 2006, Boyz II Men's seventh studio album, The Remedy, was released exclusively in Japan, where a huge fanbase was discovered and built.

  7. 2007–2008: 'Hitsville USA'
    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 23:  (L-R) Singers Sean Stockman, Wanya Morris, and Nathan Morris of Boyz II Men arrive at The 32nd Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Gala at The New York Hilton October 23, 2007 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

    In mid-2007, the group re-signed with Universal Records and released the LP Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA through the Decca Records label. The LP is a cover album featuring songs from the Motown Records catalog, co-produced by Randy Jackson of American Idol fame. In 2008, Boyz II Men's three members made an appearance on a celebrity edition of Don't Forget the Lyrics

  8. 2009: 'Love'
    BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 09: Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris and Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men perform on stage at Symphony Hall on June 9, 2009 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Steve Thorne/Redferns)
    (Photo: Steve Thorne/Redferns)

    In 2009, Boyz II Men announced plans for a new cover album, entitled Love.

  9. 2011–2012: Love Cruise and 'Twenty'
    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 05:  (L-R) Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris and Wayne Morris from Boyz II Men attend the MOBO Awards 2011 at SECC on October 5, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Martin Grimes/WireImage)
    (Photo: Martin Grimes/WireImage)

    Boyz II Men headlined a Love Cruise in honor of their 20th anniversary and in observance of Valentine's Day. The cruise took place February 11-14, 2011, and traveled from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas. Boyz II Men contributed a cover of a Japanese rock band song "Snow Drop" to their 2012 tribute album.

  10. 2013–Present: The Package Tour and 'Collide'
    LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 03:  Nathan Morris, Wayna Morris and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men announce their residency at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on January 3, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
    (Photo: Denise Truscello/WireImage)

    On January 22, 2013, the group appeared on The View  alongside New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees to announce their joint tour that took place in Summer 2013. On February 20, 2013, Boyz II Men announced that, beginning March 1, 2013, they would stop touring and begin performing shows at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

    On January 13, 2014, the trio appeared at the end of an episode of How I Met Your Mother, performing an a cappella version of the show's song "You Just Got Slapped." Their eleventh album, titled Collide, was released on October 21, 2014.

    In 2016, the trio appeared in Grease: Live as the teen angels and sang "Beauty School Dropout."

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Denise Truscello/WireImage)

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