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    “What’s Love Got to Do With It” by Tina Turner reaches No two on the R&B chart and No one on the pop chart. Her autobiography of the same name will be made into a major motion picture in 1993.

Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons form Def Jam Records. The label will release early hip-hop hits by L.L. Cool J, Slick Rick, the Beastie Boys, and later, Public Enemy, DMX and Jay-Z.

    Salt ‘n’ Pepa, the first successful female hip-hop artists, release their first singles.  

    Queen Latifah wins a Grammy Award for best rap solo performance for “U.N.I.T.Y.” after being nominated in a category dominated by men. Latifah wins with a track that critiques the disrespect and sexual harassment of women.

    With her No one hit “On & On,” Erykah Badu becomes part of a new Afro-centric, traditionalist movement in Black music labeled “neo-soul.” Other neo-soul artists include JIll Scott, Musiq, Angie Stone, D’Angelo, Maxwell, India.Arie, and Alicia Keys.