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BrandyBrandy Norwood_header_cell_0_0_0
BornBrandy Norwood_header_cell_0_1_0 Brandy Rayana Norwood
(1979-02-11) February 11, 1979 (age 41)

McComb, Mississippi, U.S.Brandy Norwood_cell_0_1_1

Other namesBrandy Norwood_header_cell_0_2_0 Brandy Norwood_cell_0_2_1
OccupationBrandy Norwood_header_cell_0_3_0 Brandy Norwood_cell_0_3_1
Years activeBrandy Norwood_header_cell_0_4_0 1993–presentBrandy Norwood_cell_0_4_1
ChildrenBrandy Norwood_header_cell_0_5_0 1Brandy Norwood_cell_0_5_1
Parent(s)Brandy Norwood_header_cell_0_6_0 Brandy Norwood_cell_0_6_1
RelativesBrandy Norwood_header_cell_0_7_0 Ray J (brother)

Snoop Dogg (cousin) Sasha Banks (cousin)Brandy Norwood_cell_0_7_1

AwardsBrandy Norwood_header_cell_0_8_0 List of awards and nominationsBrandy Norwood_cell_0_8_1
GenresBrandy Norwood_header_cell_0_9_0 Brandy Norwood_cell_0_9_1
InstrumentsBrandy Norwood_header_cell_0_10_0 VocalsBrandy Norwood_cell_0_10_1
LabelsBrandy Norwood_header_cell_0_11_0 Brandy Norwood_cell_0_11_1
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WebsiteBrandy Norwood_header_cell_0_13_0 Q690974#P856Brandy Norwood_cell_0_13_1

Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979), better known by her mononym Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and businesswoman. Brandy Norwood_sentence_0

Born into a musical family, Norwood was raised in Carson, California, beginning her career as a backing vocalist for teen groups. Brandy Norwood_sentence_1

After signing with Atlantic Records in 1993, she released her self-titled debut album the following year, which sold six million copies worldwide. Brandy Norwood_sentence_2

In 1996, Norwood began starring in the UPN sitcom Moesha as the title character, which lasted six seasons and resulted in numerous other roles. Brandy Norwood_sentence_3

She resumed her music career in 1998 with the wildly successful duet with fellow R&B contemporary Monica, "The Boy Is Mine", which went on to become one of the best selling female duets of all time. Brandy Norwood_sentence_4

Her second album, Never Say Never, featured two number one singles, and earned Norwood her first Grammy Award. Brandy Norwood_sentence_5

Throughout the 2000s, Norwood held a precarious position in the pop industry. Brandy Norwood_sentence_6

In 2002, she starred in the reality series Brandy: Special Delivery, documenting the birth of her daughter. Brandy Norwood_sentence_7

Her third and fourth albums, Full Moon (2002) and Afrodisiac (2004), were released to critical success. Brandy Norwood_sentence_8

She served as a judge on the first season of America's Got Talent before being involved in a widely publicized car accident in 2006. Brandy Norwood_sentence_9

After several lawsuits stemming from the accident, Norwood's fifth album, Human (2008), was released to commercial failure. Brandy Norwood_sentence_10

In the 2010s, Norwood received a critical and commercial resurgence. Brandy Norwood_sentence_11

In 2010, she returned to television as a contestant on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars and starred in the reality series Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business. Brandy Norwood_sentence_12

In 2012, she became a series regular in the BET series The Game, and released her sixth album Two Eleven to critical praise. Brandy Norwood_sentence_13

In April 2015, Norwood made her Broadway debut in the musical Chicago. Brandy Norwood_sentence_14

She starred in and executive produced a sitcom titled Zoe Ever After on BET which premiered in January 2016. Brandy Norwood_sentence_15

In July 2020, Norwood released her seventh studio album, B7 (her first project as an independent artist) to critical acclaim. Brandy Norwood_sentence_16

As of August 2020, she has sold over 40 million records worldwide, with approximately 8.62 million albums sold in the United States alone. Brandy Norwood_sentence_17

Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, an American Music Award, and seven Billboard Music Awards. Brandy Norwood_sentence_18

She has become known for her distinctive sound, characterized by her peculiar timbre, voice-layering, and intricate riffs, which has earned her the nickname "The Vocal Bible" from industry peers and critics. Brandy Norwood_sentence_19

Early life Brandy Norwood_section_0

Norwood was born on February 11, 1979, in McComb, Mississippi, the daughter of Willie Norwood, a gospel singer and choir director, and his wife, Sonja Norwood (née Bates), a district manager for H&R Block. Brandy Norwood_sentence_20

Brandy is the older sister of entertainer Ray J, as well as a cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg and WWE wrestler Sasha Banks. Brandy Norwood_sentence_21

Raised in a Christian home, Norwood started singing through her father's work as part of the local church choir, performing her first gospel solo at the age of two. Brandy Norwood_sentence_22

In 1983, her parents relocated to Los Angeles, California, where Norwood was schooled at the Hollywood High Performing Arts Center. Brandy Norwood_sentence_23

Norwood's interest in music and performing increased after becoming a fan of singer Whitney Houston at the age of seven, but at school, she experienced trouble with persuading teachers to send her on auditions as she found no support among the staff. Brandy Norwood_sentence_24

Norwood began entering talent shows by the time she was eleven, and, as part of a youth singing group, performed at several public functions. Brandy Norwood_sentence_25

In 1990, her talent led to a contract with Teaspoon Productions, headed by Chris Stokes and Earl Harris, who gave her work as a backing vocalist for their R&B boy band Immature, and arranged the production of a demo tape. Brandy Norwood_sentence_26

In 1993, amid ongoing negotiations with East West Records, Norwood's parents organized a recording contract with the Atlantic Recording Corporation after auditioning for the company's director of A&R Darryl Williams. Brandy Norwood_sentence_27

To manage her daughter, Norwood's mother soon resigned from her job, while Norwood herself dropped out of Hollywood High School later, and was tutored privately from tenth grade on. Brandy Norwood_sentence_28

Career Brandy Norwood_section_1

1993–1996: Brandy and Moesha Brandy Norwood_section_2

During the early production stages of her debut album, Norwood was selected for a role in the short-lived ABC sitcom Thea, portraying the daughter of a single mother played by comedian Thea Vidale. Brandy Norwood_sentence_29

Initially broadcast to high ratings, the series' viewership dwindled and ended up running for only one season, but earned her a Young Artists Award nomination for Outstanding Youth Ensemble alongside her co-stars. Brandy Norwood_sentence_30

Norwood recalled that she appreciated the cancellation of the show as she was unenthusiastic about acting at the time, and the taping caused scheduling conflicts with the recording of her album. Brandy Norwood_sentence_31

She stated, "I felt bad for everybody else but me. Brandy Norwood_sentence_32

It was a good thing, because I could do what I had to do, because I wanted to sing." Brandy Norwood_sentence_33

Norwood's self-titled debut album was released in September 1994 and peaked at number twenty on the U.S. Billboard 200. Brandy Norwood_sentence_34

Critical reaction to Brandy was generally positive, with AllMusic writer Eddie Huffman declaring Brandy "a lower-key Janet Jackson or a more stripped-down Mary J. Blige [...] with good songs and crisp production." Brandy Norwood_sentence_35

Anderson Jones of Entertainment Weekly asserted, "Teen actress Norwood acts her age. Brandy Norwood_sentence_36

A premature effort at best, that seems based on the philosophy 'If Aaliyah can do it, why can't I?'." Brandy Norwood_sentence_37

Brandy went on to sell over six million copies worldwide, and produced three top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including "I Wanna Be Down" and "Baby", both of which reached the top of the Hot R&B Singles chart and were certified gold and platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Brandy Norwood_sentence_38

"Brokenhearted", a duet with Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men, became a number-two hit on the charts. Brandy Norwood_sentence_39

The album earned Norwood two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance the following year, and won her four Soul Train Music Awards, two Billboard Awards, and the New York Children's Choice Award. Brandy Norwood_sentence_40

In 1995, she finished a two-month stint as the opening act on Boyz II Men's national tour, and contributed songs to the soundtracks of the films Batman Forever and Waiting to Exhale, with the single "Sittin' Up in My Room" becoming another top-two success. Brandy Norwood_sentence_41

In 1996, Norwood also collaborated with Tamia, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight on the single "Missing You", released from the soundtrack of the F. Gary Gray film Set It Off. Brandy Norwood_sentence_42

The single won her a third Grammy nomination in the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals category. Brandy Norwood_sentence_43

In 1996, her short-lived engagement on Thea led Norwood to star in her own show, the UPN-produced sitcom Moesha. Brandy Norwood_sentence_44

Appearing alongside William Allen Young and Sheryl Lee Ralph, she played the title role of Moesha Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl coping with a stepmother as well as the pressures and demands of becoming an adult. Brandy Norwood_sentence_45

Originally bought by CBS, the program debuted on UPN in January 1996, and soon became their most-watched show. Brandy Norwood_sentence_46

While the sitcom managed to increase its audience every new season and spawned a spin-off titled The Parkers, the network decided to cancel the show after six seasons on the air, leaving it ending with a cliffhanger for a scrapped seventh season. Brandy Norwood_sentence_47

Norwood was awarded an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress for her performance. Brandy Norwood_sentence_48

In 1997, Brandy, Ray J, and their parents started The Norwood Kids Foundation, which helps disadvantaged, at-risk youths in Los Angeles and Mississippi through the arts and self-help programs. Brandy Norwood_sentence_49

1997–2004: Never Say Never, film career, and Full Moon Brandy Norwood_section_3

In 1997, Norwood was hand-picked by producer Whitney Houston to play the title character in Rodgers and Hammerstein's television version of Cinderella featuring a multicultural cast that also included Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg, and Houston. Brandy Norwood_sentence_50

The two-hour Wonderful World of Disney special garnered an estimated 60 million viewers, giving the network its highest ratings in the time period in 16 years, and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program the following year. Brandy Norwood_sentence_51

Fledgling producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins was consulted to contribute to Norwood's second album Never Say Never. Brandy Norwood_sentence_52

Norwood co-wrote and produced six songs for the record, including her first number-one song on the U.S. Brandy Norwood_sentence_53

Billboard Hot 100, "The Boy Is Mine", a duet with singer Monica that has become the most successful song by a female duo in the music industry. Brandy Norwood_sentence_54

Exploiting the media's presumption of a rivalry between the two young singers, the song was one of the most successful records in the United States of all time, spending a record-breaking thirteen weeks atop the Billboard charts, and eventually garnering the pair a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Brandy Norwood_sentence_55

Never Say Never was released in June 1998 and became Norwood's biggest-selling album, selling over 16 million copies worldwide. Brandy Norwood_sentence_56

Critics rated the album highly, with AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine praising Norwood and her team for wisely finding "a middle ground between Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige—it's adult contemporary with a slight streetwise edge." Brandy Norwood_sentence_57

Altogether, the album spawned seven singles, including Norwood's second number-one song, the Diane Warren-penned "Have You Ever?" Brandy Norwood_sentence_58

She also embarked on the successful Never Say Never World Tour in 1998, consisting of sold-out performances in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Brandy Norwood_sentence_59

After backing out of a role in F. Brandy Norwood_sentence_60 Gary Gray's 1996 film Set It Off, Norwood made her big screen debut in the supporting role of Karla Wilson in the slasher film, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. Brandy Norwood_sentence_61

The movie outperformed the original with a total of $16.5 million at its opening weekend, but critical reaction to the film was largely disappointing, with film review site Rotten Tomatoes calculating a poor rating of 7% based on 46 reviews. Brandy Norwood_sentence_62

Norwood, however, earned positive reviews for her "bouncy" performance, which garnered her both a Blockbuster Entertainment Award and an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Female Performance. Brandy Norwood_sentence_63

In 1999, she co-starred with Diana Ross in the telefilm drama Double Platinum about an intense, strained relationship between a mother and daughter. Brandy Norwood_sentence_64

Shot in only twenty days in New York City, both Norwood and Ross served as executive producers of the movie which features original songs from their respective albums Never Say Never (1998) and Every Day Is a New Day (1999), as well as previously unreleased duets. Brandy Norwood_sentence_65

The same year, Norwood headlined VH-1's Divas Live '99, alongside Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, and Cher. Brandy Norwood_sentence_66

After a lengthy hiatus following the end of Moesha, and a number of tabloid headlines discussing her long-term battle with dehydration, Norwood returned to music in 2001, when she and brother Ray-J were asked to record a cover version of Phil Collins' 1990 hit "Another Day in Paradise" for the tribute album Urban Renewal: A Tribute to Phil Collins. Brandy Norwood_sentence_67

Released as the album's first single in Europe and Oceania, the song became an instant international success overseas, scoring top-ten entries on the majority of all charts it appeared on. Brandy Norwood_sentence_68

Full Moon, Norwood's third studio album, was released in February 2002. Brandy Norwood_sentence_69

It was composed of R&B and pop-oriented songs, many of them co-created with Jerkins, Warryn Campbell and Mike City. Brandy Norwood_sentence_70

Its lead single "What About Us?" Brandy Norwood_sentence_71

became a worldwide top-ten hit, and the album's title track was a Top 20 hit in the United States and the UK. Brandy Norwood_sentence_72

Media reception was generally lukewarm, with Rolling Stone describing the album as "frantic, faceless, fake-sexy R&B." Brandy Norwood_sentence_73

Within the coming year, Norwood and Robert "Big Bert" Smith began writing and producing for other artists such as Toni Braxton, Kelly Rowland, and Kiley Dean. Brandy Norwood_sentence_74

Norwood's foray into reality television began in 2002 with the MTV series Diary Presents Brandy: Special Delivery; the show documented the final months of Norwood's pregnancy and the birth of her daughter Sy'rai. Brandy Norwood_sentence_75

2004–2009: Afrodisiac, America's Got Talent and Human Brandy Norwood_section_4

Returning from yet another hiatus, Norwood's fourth album Afrodisiac was released in June 2004, amid the well-publicized termination of her short-lived business relationship with entertainment manager Benny Medina. Brandy Norwood_sentence_76

Norwood ended her contract with his Los Angeles-based Handprint Entertainment after less than a year of representation following controversies surrounding Medina's handling of the lead single "Talk About Our Love", and failed negotiations of a purported co-headlining tour with R&B singer Usher. Brandy Norwood_sentence_77

Despite the negative publicity, Afrodisiac became Norwood's most critically acclaimed album, with some highlighting the "more consistently mature and challenging" effect of Timbaland on Norwood's music, and others calling it "listenable and emotionally resonant", comparing it to "Janet Jackson at her best." Brandy Norwood_sentence_78

A moderate seller, the album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, and received certifications in the United States, Europe and Japan. Brandy Norwood_sentence_79

"Talk About Our Love" reached number six in the United Kingdom, but subsequent singles failed to score successfully on the popular music charts. Brandy Norwood_sentence_80

Later that year, she guest-starred as Gladys Knight in the third-season premiere of American Dreams, in which she performed "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". Brandy Norwood_sentence_81

After eleven years with the company, Norwood asked for and received an unconditional release from Atlantic Records at the end of 2004, citing her wish "to move on" as the main reason for her decision. Brandy Norwood_sentence_82

Completing her contract with the label, a compilation album titled The Best of Brandy was released in March 2005. Brandy Norwood_sentence_83

Released without any promotional single, it reached the top 30 in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, where the collection was appreciated by contemporary critics who noted the creativity of Norwood's back catalogue. Brandy Norwood_sentence_84

Andy Kellman of AllMusic expressed, "This set, unlike so many other anthologies from her contemporaries, hardly confirms dwindling creativity or popularity." Brandy Norwood_sentence_85

Thereupon she reportedly began shopping a new record deal under the auspices of Knockout Entertainment, her brother's vanity label. Brandy Norwood_sentence_86

In February 2006, Norwood began appearing in a recurring role on UPN sitcom One on One, playing the sister to brother Ray J's character D-Mack. Brandy Norwood_sentence_87

In June, she was cast as one of three talent judges on the first season of America's Got Talent, an amateur talent contest on NBC executive-produced by Simon Cowell and hosted by Regis Philbin. Brandy Norwood_sentence_88

The broadcast was one of the most-watched programs of the summer, and concluded on August 17, 2006 with the win of 11-year-old singer Bianca Ryan. Brandy Norwood_sentence_89

Norwood was originally slated to return for a second season in summer 2007, but eventually decided not to, feeling that she "couldn't give the new season the attention and commitment it deserved," following the fatal 2006 car accident in which she was involved. Brandy Norwood_sentence_90

She was replaced by reality TV star Sharon Osbourne. Brandy Norwood_sentence_91

Norwood's fifth studio album, Human, was released in December 2008, produced by Toby Gad, Brian Kennedy, and RedOne. Brandy Norwood_sentence_92

Distributed by Koch Records and Sony Music, the album marked Norwood's debut on the Epic Records label, and her reunion with long-time contributor and mentor Rodney Jerkins, who wrote and executive produced most of the album. Brandy Norwood_sentence_93

Generally well received by critics, Human debuted at number fifteen on the U.S. Brandy Norwood_sentence_94

Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 73,000 copies. Brandy Norwood_sentence_95

With a domestic sales total of 214,000 copies, it failed to match the success of its predecessors. Brandy Norwood_sentence_96

While lead-off single "Right Here (Departed)" scored Norwood her biggest chart success since 2002's "Full Moon", the album failed to impact elsewhere, resulting in lackluster sales in general and the end of her contract with the label, following the controversial appointment of Amanda Ghost as president of Epic Records, and Norwood's split with rapper Jay-Z's Roc Nation management. Brandy Norwood_sentence_97

In December 2009, she officially introduced her rapping alter-ego Bran'Nu with two credits on Timbaland's album Timbaland Presents Shock Value 2, and was cast in the pilot episode for the ABC series This Little Piggy, also starring Rebecca Creskoff and Kevin Rahm, which was recast the following year. Brandy Norwood_sentence_98

2010–2014: Return to acting and Two Eleven Brandy Norwood_section_5

In April 2010, Norwood and Ray J debuted in the VH1 reality series Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business along with their parents. Brandy Norwood_sentence_99

The show chronicled the backstage lives of both siblings, while taking on larger roles in their family's management and production company, R&B Productions. Brandy Norwood_sentence_100

Executive produced by the Norwood family, the season concluded after eleven episodes, and was renewed for a second season, which began broadcasting in fall 2010. Brandy Norwood_sentence_101

A Family Business, a compilation album with previously unreleased content from the entire cast was released on Saguaro Road Records in June 2011. Brandy Norwood_sentence_102

Critics such as The Washington Post declared it an "awkward and adorable and really, really wholesome collection." Brandy Norwood_sentence_103

While the album failed to chart, it produced three promotional singles, including the joint track "Talk to Me". Brandy Norwood_sentence_104

In fall 2010, Norwood appeared as a contestant on season 11 of the ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Brandy Norwood_sentence_105

She ultimately placed fourth in the competition, which was a shock to the judges, viewers, studio audience, and other contestants that considered her one of the show's frontrunners throughout the entire competition. Brandy Norwood_sentence_106

In August 2011, it was confirmed that Norwood had signed a joint record deal with RCA Records and producer Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Records. Brandy Norwood_sentence_107

In September, a new talent show, Majors & Minors, created by musician Evan Bogart, premiered on The Hub. Brandy Norwood_sentence_108

It followed a group of young performers age 10–16 and their chance to be mentored by some established artists such as Norwood, Ryan Tedder and Leona Lewis. Brandy Norwood_sentence_109

Later that same year, Norwood returned to acting roles with recurring appearances on The CW's teen drama series 90210, and in the fourth season of the Lifetime's comedy series Drop Dead Diva, in which she played the role of Elisa Shayne. Brandy Norwood_sentence_110

In 2011, Norwood joined the cast of the BET comedy series The Game, playing the recurring role of Chardonnay, a bartender. Brandy Norwood_sentence_111

She became a regular cast member by the next season. Brandy Norwood_sentence_112

In February 2012, Norwood reteamed with Monica on "It All Belongs to Me", which was released as a single from the latter's album New Life. Brandy Norwood_sentence_113

Norwood's own comeback single "Put It Down" featuring singer Chris Brown was released later that year. Brandy Norwood_sentence_114

The song reached number three on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming her first top ten entry in ten years. Brandy Norwood_sentence_115

Her sixth album Two Eleven, which was released in October, saw a return to her R&B sound, but with what Norwood described a "progressive edge". Brandy Norwood_sentence_116

A moderate commercial success, it was viewed as a humble comeback from Norwood, reaching number three on the US Billboard 200, and the top of the Billboard US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Brandy Norwood_sentence_117

In March 2013, Norwood returned to film, joining an ensemble cast consisting of Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross and Vanessa L. Williams in Tyler Perry's drama Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. Brandy Norwood_sentence_118

Norwood plays supporting character Melinda, a woman with secrets. Brandy Norwood_sentence_119

The film received generally negative reviews from critics but became a moderate US box office success. Brandy Norwood_sentence_120

In June 2013, Norwood signed with Creative Artists Agency, headquartered in Los Angeles, and in early 2014, she arranged a management deal with MBK Entertainment with CEO Jeff Robinson. Brandy Norwood_sentence_121

In July, she was also inducted as an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Brandy Norwood_sentence_122

The same month, Norwood released a cover version of Coldplay's song "Magic" to her TwitMusic account; it peaked at number one on Billboard's Trending 140 chart. Brandy Norwood_sentence_123

Also in 2014, Norwood made guest appearances on VH1's Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood and the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man. Brandy Norwood_sentence_124

At the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards, she reunited with Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Yo-Yo to perform the hip hop remix of "I Wanna Be Down" in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Brandy Norwood_sentence_125

2015–present: Chicago on Broadway, television and B7 Brandy Norwood_section_6

After finishing the filming of the final season of The Game, Norwood made her Broadway debut in the musical Chicago, in which she played the lead role of Roxie Hart, beginning in April 2015. Brandy Norwood_sentence_126

Although initially a six-week run, her engagement was extended until August 2015, prompting Norwood to reprise the role on several occasions in 2016 and 2017. Brandy Norwood_sentence_127

Also in 2015, Norwood appeared on British house duo 99 Souls's mashup single "The Girl Is Mine", for which she re-recorded her vocals from "The Boy Is Mine." Brandy Norwood_sentence_128

The song reached number 5 in the United Kingdom and top 40 on other international charts, where it became her highest-charting single in years. Brandy Norwood_sentence_129

In January 2016, Norwood starred as the lead in the BET sitcom Zoe Ever After, which she also co-created and co-executive produced. Brandy Norwood_sentence_130

Filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, the multi-camera romantic comedy revolved around Zoe Moon, a newly single mom stepping out of the shadow of her famous boxer ex-husband. Brandy Norwood_sentence_131

While it debuted to respectable ratings, Norwood decided not to return to the show, and it was soon after cancelled. Brandy Norwood_sentence_132

The same month, Norwood released the single "Beggin & Pleadin" through her own label Slayana Records, after receiving a positive response to initially unveiling the track on SoundCloud. Brandy Norwood_sentence_133

That February, Norwood announced her Slayana World Tour, which highlighted stops in both Europe and Oceania. Brandy Norwood_sentence_134

Her first headlining tour in eight years, it was ended ahead of schedule on June 30 after Norwood was hospitalized due to exhaustion. Brandy Norwood_sentence_135

In March, Norwood sued Chameleon Entertainment Group and its president, Breyon Prescott, after the label reportedly refused to allow her to record and release new albums. Brandy Norwood_sentence_136

In November, Norwood became the second recipient of the Lady of Soul Award at the Soul Train Music Awards. Brandy Norwood_sentence_137

Her stripped-down nine-minute song medley was met with praise. Brandy Norwood_sentence_138

In January 2017, Norwood competed with her brother Ray J on the FOX reality cooking series My Kitchen Rules. Brandy Norwood_sentence_139

In July 2018, Norwood became a series regular on the Fox musical drama television series Star. Brandy Norwood_sentence_140

She played the role of Cassie, starting as a recurring role in the second season, and remained a series regular until the series' ending in 2019. Brandy Norwood_sentence_141

The same year, she appeared on "Optimistic", a Sounds of Blackness cover that preceded the self-titled debut of supergroup August Greene, consisting of Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, as well as on Dutch DJ's Lucas & Steve's "I Could Be Wrong," a dance-heavy rework of her 1994 single "I Wanna Be Down" that became a minor hit on the dance charts. Brandy Norwood_sentence_142

In 2019, Norwood was honored with the BMI President's Award at the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, organized by Broadcast Music, Inc. In June, she appeared on Canadian singer Daniel Caesar's second album Case Study 01, lending vocals to their duet "Love Again". Brandy Norwood_sentence_143

Released as a single, it earned them a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Performance at the 62nd awards ceremony and reached the top of the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart, becoming Norwood's first song to do so. Brandy Norwood_sentence_144

In September 2019, she released the buzz single "Freedom Rings" which was released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of her self-titled debut album. Brandy Norwood_sentence_145

Norwood's seventh studio album B7, her first album in eight years, was released in July 2020. Brandy Norwood_sentence_146

Her first project as an independent artist, it was released through her own label Brand Nu Inc., with distribution handled by eOne Music. Brandy Norwood_sentence_147

A departure from her previous work, Norwood co-wrote and co-produced the majortity of the album, which was chiefly produced by Darhyl Camper. Brandy Norwood_sentence_148

The release was preceded by lead single "Baby Mama" featuring Chance the Rapper. Brandy Norwood_sentence_149

The song has since reached the top ten of US Adult R&B Songs chart. Brandy Norwood_sentence_150

The premiere of the music video for the second single, "Borderline", coincided with the release of the album on July 31, 2020. Brandy Norwood_sentence_151

B7 debuted at number 2 on the UK Official Hip Hop and R&B Albums Chart Top 40. Brandy Norwood_sentence_152

In the United States, the album debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200. Brandy Norwood_sentence_153

On August 22, 2020, it was announced that the latest Verzuz battle would be between Norwood and Monica. Brandy Norwood_sentence_154

The challenge took place on August 31, 2020 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia and was watched by a record-breaking 1.2 million viewers on the Instagram live stream alone. Brandy Norwood_sentence_155

On October 14, 2020, Norwood performed a medley at the Billboard Music Awards, which were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Brandy Norwood_sentence_156

She performed "Borderline", 1999 single "Almost Doesn't Count" and premiered new single "No Tomorrow Pt.2" featuring Ty Dolla Sign. Brandy Norwood_sentence_157

Personal life Brandy Norwood_section_7

Relationships Brandy Norwood_section_8

Norwood attended Hollywood High School, but studied with a private tutor beginning in 10th grade. Brandy Norwood_sentence_158

In 1996, she had a brief relationship with future Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant, whom she accompanied to his prom at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Brandy Norwood_sentence_159

She also dated Boyz II Men lead singer Wanya Morris, whom she cited as her "first love." Brandy Norwood_sentence_160

Morris, who is six years older than she, reportedly ended their relationship a month before her nineteenth birthday. Brandy Norwood_sentence_161

Also during their work on the Never Say Never album, she briefly dated rapper Mase. Brandy Norwood_sentence_162

During the production of her album Full Moon in mid-2001, Norwood became romantically involved with producer Robert "Big Bert" Smith. Brandy Norwood_sentence_163

The couple kept their relationship secret until February 2002, when Norwood announced that she was expecting her first child. Brandy Norwood_sentence_164

However, a year after the birth of their daughter, Sy'rai Iman Smith, on June 16, 2002, an event tracked by the four-part MTV reality series Brandy: Special Delivery—Norwood and Smith separated. Brandy Norwood_sentence_165

In 2004, Smith revealed that the pair had never been legally wed, but that they had pretended to marry to preserve Norwood's public image. Brandy Norwood_sentence_166

Norwood later stated that she regarded her relationship with Smith as a "spiritual union and true commitment to each other." Brandy Norwood_sentence_167

By the following year, Norwood had begun a relationship with NBA guard Quentin Richardson, who was then playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. Brandy Norwood_sentence_168

The couple soon became engaged in July 2004 but Norwood ended their 14-month engagement in September 2005. Brandy Norwood_sentence_169

It was reported that Norwood had to get a tattoo of Richardson's face on her back transformed into a cat. Brandy Norwood_sentence_170

In 2010, she briefly dated rapper Flo Rida. Brandy Norwood_sentence_171

At the end of 2012, Norwood became engaged to music executive Ryan Press. Brandy Norwood_sentence_172

In April 2014, Norwood called off her engagement with Press following their breakup earlier that year. Brandy Norwood_sentence_173

Following the release of B7, fans began to speculate on the meaning behind the album's closing track, "Bye BiPolar". Brandy Norwood_sentence_174

Whilst Norwood does not have bipolar disorder, according to notes that the singer wrote to accompany the album, "Bye BiPolar" is a metaphor that she's using for her own love life and discussing the way that her mental health struggles have been exacerbated by toxic relationships. Brandy Norwood_sentence_175

“People need to understand that it's very real and it's not something that you judge," she wrote. Brandy Norwood_sentence_176

"We judge things and we don't have enough compassion. Brandy Norwood_sentence_177

We don't have enough love, we don't have enough understanding. Brandy Norwood_sentence_178

Sometimes I feel like we look at things as just something to talk about, as just news." Brandy Norwood_sentence_179

Norwood told the New York Post: "I have not been diagnosed as bipolar [...] but I’ve had moments where trauma has caused me to not be myself, and I felt at a point that I could’ve experienced moments of that." Brandy Norwood_sentence_180

In an interview with The Grio, Norwood said, "I’ve dealt with depression in the most severe … like severe depression. Brandy Norwood_sentence_181

I’ve dealt with trauma. Brandy Norwood_sentence_182

I’ve dealt with PTSD. Brandy Norwood_sentence_183

I’ve gone through a lot and I had to overcome a lot, but I had to overcome everything that I’ve overcame by doing the work", turning to therapy, prayer, journaling and meditation. Brandy Norwood_sentence_184

Automobile collision Brandy Norwood_section_9

On December 30, 2006, while driving on Los Angeles road 405 Freeway, Norwood struck a Toyota driven by 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj, who later died from her injuries at the L.A. Holy Cross. Brandy Norwood_sentence_185

Norwood was neither arrested nor charged with vehicular manslaughter due to insufficient evidence. Brandy Norwood_sentence_186

Law enforcement officials reported that Norwood was driving her car at 65 miles per hour and did not notice that vehicles ahead of her had slowed considerably. Brandy Norwood_sentence_187

Her vehicle then collided with the rear of Aboudihaj's, causing the Toyota to strike another vehicle before sliding sideways and impacting the center divider. Brandy Norwood_sentence_188

As the Toyota came to a stop, it was hit by yet another vehicle. Brandy Norwood_sentence_189

However, a source in the California Highway Patrol later reported that Aboudihaj actually struck the car in front of her and then slammed on her brakes before Norwood made contact. Brandy Norwood_sentence_190

The sudden stop caused Norwood to hit Aboudihaj's car. Brandy Norwood_sentence_191

As confirmed, toxicology reports showed that Aboudihaj had "slight traces" of marijuana in her system at the time of the crash. Brandy Norwood_sentence_192

In December 2007, Norwood's attorney Blair Berk stated that the Los Angeles City Attorney determined Norwood should not be charged with any "crime relating to the accident back in 2006." Brandy Norwood_sentence_193

In May 2009, Norwood stated, "The whole experience did completely change my life, and I can say that I think I'm a better person from it. Brandy Norwood_sentence_194

You know, I still don't understand all of it and why all of it happened, but I definitely have a heart, and my heart goes out to everyone involved. Brandy Norwood_sentence_195

I pray about it every single day, and that's all I can really say on the subject." Brandy Norwood_sentence_196

Nevertheless, there have been multiple lawsuits filed against Norwood, all of which were ultimately settled out of court by her attorney Ed McPherson. Brandy Norwood_sentence_197

Aboudihaj's parents filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against Norwood. Brandy Norwood_sentence_198

Filed on January 30, 2007, the lawsuit was initially set to go to trial in April 2009, but was eventually cancelled as Norwood had settled out of court with Aboudihaj's parents. Brandy Norwood_sentence_199

Aboudihaj's husband also filed a lawsuit against Norwood, suing her for an undisclosed amount of financial relief to cover medical and funeral expenses, as well as legal costs and other damages. Brandy Norwood_sentence_200

He rejected his part of a $1.2 million settlement offer in February 2009, but did settle in November of that year. Brandy Norwood_sentence_201

The couple's two children, who also filed a lawsuit against Norwood, received $300,000 each, according to court documents filed in L.A. County Superior Court on June 2, 2009. Brandy Norwood_sentence_202

Two other drivers who were involved and injured in the accident also filed a lawsuit against Norwood. Brandy Norwood_sentence_203

They settled with Norwood for undisclosed amounts. Brandy Norwood_sentence_204

Brandy has said that her single "Right Here (Departed)" from her album Human was inspired from the events of the crash. Brandy Norwood_sentence_205

Artistry Brandy Norwood_section_10

Voice and style Brandy Norwood_section_11

Norwood is a lyric mezzo-soprano, with a range spanning three octaves and five semitones. Brandy Norwood_sentence_206

Her voice has often been described as soft, raspy, and husky by music critics and Norwood herself. Brandy Norwood_sentence_207

Music critic and Slant Magazine writer Andrew Chan describes Norwood's vocal tone as having "an unusual mix of warmth and cold, hard edges". Brandy Norwood_sentence_208

He further describes her vocal quality, saying, "Like little else in pop-music singing, Brandy's subtle manipulation of timbre and texture rewards close listening. Brandy Norwood_sentence_209

[...] Her main claim of technical virtuosity has always been her long, cascading riffs, a skill many R&B die-hards revere her for." Brandy Norwood_sentence_210

Norwood is also noted for her use of multitrack recording to create intricate vocal arrangements and layering. Brandy Norwood_sentence_211

Terry Sawyer of PopMatters writes on this skill, remarking, "While it's been said that Brandy's voice isn't exactly a barn burner, it's not mentioned enough that she does more than enough with what she's got. Brandy Norwood_sentence_212

She never leaves her voice hanging in spotlit scarcity, folding its variegated terracing, whispering out the lead track, shouting in the back-up, and piling each song with enough interlocking sounds to create the tightly packed illusion of vocal massiveness." Brandy Norwood_sentence_213

Norwood's initial sound was contemporary R&B, heavily rooted in gospel and hip hop soul. Brandy Norwood_sentence_214

Her lyrics spoke of various types of love, from casual and friendly love to romantic and spiritual affairs. Brandy Norwood_sentence_215

Influenced by Houston and Carey, she incorporated adult contemporary pop and an emphasis on smooth, mature R&B ballads into the sound for her second studio album Never Say Never. Brandy Norwood_sentence_216

Her third studio album Full Moon saw Norwood, and her then-creative partner Rodney Jerkins, experiment with blending her previous R&B sounds with futuristic, forward-thinking productions, including influences of electro-funk. Brandy Norwood_sentence_217

Along with her style, her voice had gone through an evolution, with her light, girlish voice becoming much deeper, warmer, and smokier than it had been throughout the 1990s. Brandy Norwood_sentence_218

The lyrics also reflected the change, as the album explored more adult, sexual topics and focused on both physical and emotional aspects of an intimate relationship. Brandy Norwood_sentence_219

In 2004, her recent motherhood, life experiences, and growing affinity for British rock band Coldplay, caused her to shift toward a more experimental vision her fourth studio album Afrodisiac. Brandy Norwood_sentence_220

The album, a collaboration with producers Timbaland and Kanye West, utilized the distinctive illbient aesthetic, which fuses ambient pop, dub, and breakbeat soundscapes with progressive sampling methods. Brandy Norwood_sentence_221

A four-year hiatus and a few life-changing occurrences caused Norwood to return to the music industry in late 2008 with Human, her fifth studio album, which discussed topics of love, heartache and honesty. Brandy Norwood_sentence_222

Experiencing a career and personal rejuvenation in 2012, Norwood was eager to scale back her previous album's pop style and return to R&B on her sixth studio album Two Eleven. Brandy Norwood_sentence_223

The album was a melding of both Norwood's 1990s R&B sound and the bass-heavy trends of post-2000s contemporary hip-hop. Brandy Norwood_sentence_224

Influences Brandy Norwood_section_12

Since the start of her career, Brandy has named Whitney Houston as her most prominent music and entertainment influence. Brandy Norwood_sentence_225

Early in her career, she would often describe Houston as her “idol”, crediting her voice, music, and performances as critical to her, both personally and professionally. Brandy Norwood_sentence_226

In a 2014 interview, Brandy stated that, “as a professional musician, I would say that Whitney Houston is the greatest voice of all time.” She elaborates, saying “She was always the idea for me. Brandy Norwood_sentence_227

I wanted to be like her, sing like her, and do everything she was doing.” Beginning in the late 1990s, Houston would evolve as a personal friend and mentor to Brandy, with Houston nicknaming herself as Norwood's “godmother”. Brandy Norwood_sentence_228

Brandy also names her father, vocal coach Willie Norwood, as instrumental to her discovery and development as a musician. Brandy Norwood_sentence_229

She exclaims that her dad “taught me everything that I know [about singing]”. Brandy Norwood_sentence_230

About her dad, Brandy states: “I grew up singing in church with my dad, where he was the musical director and we sang gospel songs in a cappella almost exclusively. Brandy Norwood_sentence_231

He bought me my first 4-track tape recorder. Brandy Norwood_sentence_232

At first, I didn't like my own voice, but he encouraged me to embrace the unique qualities of my voice.” Brandy Norwood_sentence_233

While developing her own style and vocal sound, Brandy would credit gospel-jazz singer Kim Burrell, new age artist Enya, and English singer-songwriter Sade as major influences. Brandy Norwood_sentence_234

In speaking about them, she said, "... it was listening to those women, along with my own creative voice, that helped me to find my niche, my own sound." Brandy Norwood_sentence_235

Brandy has also noted several other musical inspirations, including Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, The Clark Sisters, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Coldplay, Janet Jackson, Timbaland, and her brother Ray J. Brandy Norwood_sentence_236

Over the course of her acting career, Brandy has noted Lucille Ball, Jenifer Lewis, Gabrielle Union, Niecy Nash, and Kim Fields as being integral to her development as an actress, and the discovery of her strength in comedic roles. Brandy Norwood_sentence_237

Legacy and impact Brandy Norwood_section_13

See also: List of awards and nominations received by Brandy Brandy Norwood_sentence_238

Since her 1994 debut album, Brandy has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide with over 8.62 million albums sold in the United States alone. Brandy Norwood_sentence_239

According to the RIAA Brandy has 10.5 million certified units. Brandy Norwood_sentence_240

Her song "The Boy Is Mine" is also one of the longest running number one songs in the United States, and is one of the best selling duets of all time. Brandy Norwood_sentence_241

In 1999, Billboard ranked Norwood among the top 20 of the Top Pop Artists of the 1990s. Brandy Norwood_sentence_242

In 2010, Billboard included Norwood in their Top 50 R&B and Hip Hop Artists list of the past 25 years. Brandy Norwood_sentence_243

Norwood was one of the youngest artists nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Brandy Norwood_sentence_244

Her second album Never Say Never appeared in the "Top 100 Certified Albums" list by the RIAA. Brandy Norwood_sentence_245

Norwood's vocal stylings have had a significant impact on the music industry, most notably with contemporary R&B, pop and gospel genres, where she is often subjectively referred to as the "Vocal Bible". Brandy Norwood_sentence_246

Her work has influenced numerous artists, including Jessie J, JoJo, Bridget Kelly, Olivia, Ariana Grande, Emeli Sandé, Jordin Sparks, Ryan Destiny, Tank, Teyana Taylor, Lil' Mo, Megan Rochell, and Elle Varner, while Norwood's vocals have been praised by several of her peers, including Natasha Bedingfield, Missy Elliott, Jennifer Hudson, Syleena Johnson, Gladys Knight, Brian McKnight, Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Tamia, Ty Dolla Sign and Tamar Braxton among others. Brandy Norwood_sentence_247

Additionally, on many occasions, Norwood has been thought of as a talented artist that music producers and songwriters have used to enhance their own artistic and creative energies. Brandy Norwood_sentence_248

Songwriter Sean Garrett credits the vocal work on the album Full Moon for his approach to writing, saying "I take a lot from what [Brandy] and Rodney did on the Full Moon album. Brandy Norwood_sentence_249

I was extremely impressed with it and I always try to outdo that album". Brandy Norwood_sentence_250

B.Slade spoke of the album, commenting Full Moon single-handedly changed the vocal game. Brandy Norwood_sentence_251

"It has been the template for vocal choices and background vocal arrangements [for years]." Brandy Norwood_sentence_252

R&B singer Melanie Fiona, especially admired the singer's work on that album. Brandy Norwood_sentence_253

Neo soul singer India.Arie often cites the album, particularly the song "He Is" as being the template for a wide array of singers." Brandy Norwood_sentence_254

The oft-praised vocal work on the album sparked the idea of Norwood gaining the subjective nickname the "vocal bible". Brandy Norwood_sentence_255

Canadian R&B singer Keshia Chanté credited the album for inspiring her writing for her album Night & Day, while American singer Luke James referred to Full Moon as the "bible" of 2000s contemporary R&B, calling it the "blueprint of how to do vocals." Brandy Norwood_sentence_256

Afrodisiac has been credited as one of predecessors to the Alternative R&B subgenre. Brandy Norwood_sentence_257

In a 2014 music and fashion conversation with NPR, singer and model Solange discussed the album, saying "Brandy is really the foundation of a lot of this very innovative, progressive, experimental R&B. Brandy Norwood_sentence_258

Brandy really influenced a lot of that. Brandy Norwood_sentence_259

Frank Ocean will say it. Brandy Norwood_sentence_260

Miguel will say it." Brandy Norwood_sentence_261

In an interview with MalcolmMusic, Miguel revealed that he was a "huge fan growing up", stating that Brandy had "killed it from the first album". Brandy Norwood_sentence_262

American neo soul singer Erykah Badu noted that her 1997 debut album, Baduizm, was partly influenced by Norwood's debut album, while Barbadian singer Rihanna said of her 2007 album Good Girl Gone Bad, "[Brandy] really helped inspire that album. Brandy Norwood_sentence_263

I listened to [Afrodisiac] every day [while in the studio]." Brandy Norwood_sentence_264

Kelly Rowland cited Norwood, who also wrote and produced for Rowland's debut album, as one of the inspirations for her second studio album Ms. Brandy Norwood_sentence_265 Kelly (2007). Brandy Norwood_sentence_266

musician John Frusciante, guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers cited Norwood as the "main inspiration" behind the guitar work on Red Hot Chili Peppers' 2006 album, Stadium Arcadium. Brandy Norwood_sentence_267

When discussing the work on her debut project H.E.R. Brandy Norwood_sentence_268 , singer H.E.R. Brandy Norwood_sentence_269 , who worked with the producer DJ Camper, revealed that Brandy was a "huge inspiration" to her, and that her being inspired Brandy impacted her musical output. Brandy Norwood_sentence_270

Norwood has also made her impact in the film and television industry as well. Brandy Norwood_sentence_271

Norwood was the first African American to play the role of Cinderella. Brandy Norwood_sentence_272

Her role as Cinderella inspired many African American actors. Brandy Norwood_sentence_273

Speaking on the role, Keke Palmer said "I feel like the reason I'm able to do this [becoming the first African American Cinderella on Broadway] is definitely because Brandy did it on TV". Brandy Norwood_sentence_274

Norwood's TV-show Moesha on UPN was also one of the longest-running Black sitcoms of all time. Brandy Norwood_sentence_275

On stage, Norwood made Broadway history along with co-star Lana Gordan by becoming the first black co-leads in Chicago the Musical in 2017. Brandy Norwood_sentence_276

Other ventures Brandy Norwood_section_14

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Norwood has had many endorsements in her career. Brandy Norwood_sentence_278

In 1999, she became a CoverGirl, appearing in a number of commercials. Brandy Norwood_sentence_279

She also represented the brands Candie's in 1998 and DKNY in the Spring of 2000. Brandy Norwood_sentence_280

In the late 1990s Norwood was represented by Wilhelmina Agency, one of the leading modeling agencies in the industry. Brandy Norwood_sentence_281

In 1999, Mattell released the Brandy Doll. Brandy Norwood_sentence_282

The doll featured Norwood in a reddish orange blouse and orange long skirt. Brandy Norwood_sentence_283

Next to this, the Holiday Brandy Doll was released in 2000 along with another "Brandy Doll". Brandy Norwood_sentence_284

Millions of the dolls were sold and they were one of the biggest selling toys for Mattel. Brandy Norwood_sentence_285

In 2005, Brandy became the spokesperson for Ultima, a company for hair weaves and wigs. Brandy Norwood_sentence_286

As of 2014, she no longer represents them. Brandy Norwood_sentence_287

Philanthropy Brandy Norwood_section_15

In 1996, Norwood along with her brother Ray J, created the Norwood Kids Foundation. Brandy Norwood_sentence_288

Its goal of is to "use performing arts as a catalyst to shape the youth of today into self-confident, disciplined, responsible, and caring individuals capable of making a positive impact in their communities." Brandy Norwood_sentence_289

In 1999, Brandy was the first international spokesman person for youth by UNICEF. Brandy Norwood_sentence_290

Norwood is also an avid supporter of the Make A Wish Foundation and RAINN. Brandy Norwood_sentence_291

In 2000, Brandy donated $100,000 to 2000 WATTS, an entertainment community center founded by singer Tyrese Gibson in the underprivileged community of Watts, California. Brandy Norwood_sentence_292

Brandy teamed up with Skecher's “Nothing Compares to Family” campaign in 2008. Brandy Norwood_sentence_293

In 2010, Norwood became involved with Get Schooled, a national non-profit mobile phone calls by celebrities to wake up students for school. Brandy Norwood_sentence_294

In 2014, Norwood teamed up with "text4baby", which spreads health and wellness to expecting moms via text message, and became an honorary co-chairman of the 2014 Unstoppable Foundation. Brandy Norwood_sentence_295

In 2018, she also appeared in a PSA for the American Heart Association and Hands-Only CPR with fellow Chicago the Musical cast members. Brandy Norwood_sentence_296

Discography Brandy Norwood_section_16

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Tours Brandy Norwood_section_17

Headlining Brandy Norwood_section_18

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Opening act Brandy Norwood_section_19

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  • II World Tour (with Boyz II Men) (1995)Brandy Norwood_item_2_10

Filmography Brandy Norwood_section_20

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Stage productions Brandy Norwood_section_21

Broadway Brandy Norwood_section_22

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Regional Brandy Norwood_section_23

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Norwood.