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She also received a Comet Award and two Soul Train Music Awards that same year.Ashanti became the subject of controversy when it was announced that she would receive the Soul Train Aretha Franklin Award for "Entertainer of the Year", a high school student took offense and started an on-line petition against her, explaining to The Seattle Times that she was too new to deserve the award.Before Concrete Rose was released, Ashanti did some major promotion for her single "Only U", when she premiered it at the 2004 Vibe Music Awards. Kelly—that year, which peaked at number five in the U. The first single, "Only U", reached number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her biggest hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number two.A second single, the ballad "Don't Let Them", garnered little chart success after Def Jam refused to fund a music video due to Irv Gotti's legal troubles during his money laundering trial. S., where it failed to chart, and the UK, where it reached the lower end of the top forty.Nearly 30,000 people agreed with him, signing the petition. Blige and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott or critically acclaimed singers like Alicia Keys and India.Arie were more deserving of an award that carries the name of a musical legend.In the "Rain on Me" mini-movie music video—directed by Hype Williams and co-starring Larenz Tate—Ashanti portrays a troubled young woman in an abusive relationship.She received a Lifetime Channel Achievement Award for her message speaking out against domestic violence. In December 2004, Ashanti released her third studio album, Concrete Rose, the title of which took on Tupac Shakur's pseudonym "The Rose That Grew from Concrete". S., with first-week sales of 254,000 copies, and eventually became her third platinum certified album.
Despite this, she continued to perform in and around New York and began hanging out at the Murder Inc. He asked her to pen hooks for his rap artists and to perform with them in duets.
Ashanti provided the melodic response to their call.
Ashanti was first featured as a background vocalist on rapper Big Pun's song "How We Roll". " and "Always on Time" were released simultaneously and became two of the biggest hit songs of 2002. in his 1995 single "One More Chance", and by Big L in "MVP"). The album has been certified triple platinum in the United States and sold six million copies worldwide.
Ashanti's self-titled debut album, Ashanti, was released on Irv Gotti's Murder Inc. Ashanti was the first artist to win Best Contemporary R&B Album before the category was last awarded in 2011.
She was nominated as Best New Artist and "Foolish" was nominated in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category.
Its video, which showed Ashanti in a bikini frolicking on a beach and riding an elephant, was nominated for two 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.