Though she is still a very young woman, 34-year-old Brandy Norwood has certainly paid her dues as an industry vet. With twenty years of industry experience under her belt, this lovely bride-to-be has lots to celebrate. True Exclusives put together a heartwarming video tribute, celebrating this major milestone of her successful career. In the video, a host of the “Put It Down” singer’s celebrity friends offered sweet, congratulatory words that moved her to tears.
“Brandy, I’ve been here for your entire career. From Moesha to “I Wanna Be Down,” our little girl is all grown up. I am so glad to now call you friend to the show. Congratulations on 20 years. 20 years!” Wendy Williams said.
Her former TV mom Sheryl Lee Ralph also participated in the tribute.
“Wow. Brandy. And how many years in this game? We have come so far and still so far to go. But let me just tell you this right now: you’re doing a wonderful job. I look at your child and I can see it. You’re doing a wonderful job. God bless you,” Sheryl said.
As for heavy-hitters from the music world, both Missy Elliot and Maxwell bigged her up for maintaining longevity in the business.
“Incredible. Amazing. When you think of great singers and you are a singer, Brandy has to be in that top. Everybody that sings, Brandy’s name always…you know how you have the Biggies and Tupacs that gotta be at the top. Brandy is at the top. Her harmonies. The vocals. The vibrato that she has, nobody has. They try to duplicate and make carbon copies, but there’s only one Brandy,” Missy said.
“Brandy you know I’ve loved you forever. I’m one of your biggest fans. When I was a lot older than you, you were a young baby coming into the game but I loved you from day one. Glad to you see you still rocking it and your future is still there and I love you. Congratulations on all the time,” said Maxwell.
The video is about thirty minutes long and also includes Kelly Rowland, Adrienne Bailon, Tika Sumpter, Jennifer Hudson, Tank, Sevyn Street and many others. At the conclusion of the video, Brandy tearfully thanks them all for their kind words.
“I just want to say thank you. I’m remembering everyone…and all I’ve ever tried to do is just be great at being myself and inspire people. I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t know if that’s what I was doing. I’m just thankful and I can appreciate it. I can appreciate it all. No matter what is happening [or] is not happening, I can appreciate everything that I’ve experienced. I appreciate everything that everyone is saying, I think that’s what the hard times brings. It brings [being] grateful for what you have and what your purpose is. I never want to lose that ever. I just want to keep striving and keep going and keep trying to reach all my goals and to keep making people feel good with whatever it is that I do. Whether it be a handshake, a smile, a hello, a song, a laugh, whatever it is, I have to stay in touch with that. I can’t live on without that,” she said.
What a beautiful gesture!
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