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The song went on to win The Roots and Badu a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1999.
In her youth, she had decided to change the spelling of her first name from Erica to Erykah, as she believed her original name was a "slave name". She adopted the surname "Badu" because it is her favorite jazz scat sound; also, among the Akan people in Ghana, it is the term for the 10th-born child. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Badu went on to study theater at Grambling State University, a historically black university.
To concentrate on music full-time, she left the university in 1993 before graduating, and took on several minimum-wage jobs to support herself.
Badu founded the Sugar Water Festival, a music festival co-found by Badu, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott.
The trek played to amphitheaters and arenas in the United States during the summer of 20.