Helen Folasade Adu, OBE, (born 16 January 1959), better known as Sade, is a British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. She first achieved success in the 1980s as the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the popular Brit and Grammy Award winning English group Sade

Biography
Sade was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Her middle name, Folasade, means honor confers your crown. Her parents, Bisi Adu, a Nigerian lecturer in economics of Yoruba background, and Anne Hayes, an English district nurse, met in London, married in 1955 and moved to Nigeria. Later, when the marriage ran into difficulties, Anne Hayes returned to England, taking four-year-old Sade and her older brother Banji to live with her parents. When Sade was 11, she moved to live at Holland-on-Sea with her mother, and after completing school at 18 she moved to London and studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

While at college, she joined a soul band, Pride, in which she sang backing vocals. Her solo performances of the song Smooth Operator attracted the attention of record companies and in 1983, she signed a solo deal with Epic Records taking three members of the band, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Denman, with her. Sade and her band produced the first of a string of hit albums, the debut album Diamond Life, in 1984, and have subsequently sold over 50 million albums. She is the most successful solo female artist in British history.

In 2002, she appeared on the Red Hot Organization's Red Hot and Riot, a compilation CD in tribute to the music of fellow Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti. She recorded a remix of her hit single, "By Your Side," for the album and was billed as a co-producer.

Personal life
Education: St. Martin's College of Art, BA, 1979.
Fashion designer, London, 1979-83; backup singer for the funk band Pride, 1982; formed band Sade, 1983; signed with Epic Records, 1984; toured throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East, 1985; appeared in the film Absolute Beginners, 1986.
In 1989 she married Spanish film director Carlos Scola. Their marriage ended in 1995. She gave birth to a daughter, Ila Adu, in 1996 after a relationship with Jamaican Bob Morgan(a record producer).
Adu currently resides in Stroud, United Kingdom, with her partner Ian, his son Jack and her daughter Ila. She keeps her personal life private.
She was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in 2002. Prior to the release of Soldier of Love in 2010, the Daily Mail described her as "famously reclusive".

Discography
1984: Diamond Life(Epic)
1985: Promise(Epic)
1988: Stronger Than Pride(Epic)
1992: Love Deluxe(Epic)
1992: Remix Deluxe(Epic)
1994: The Best of Sade(Epic)
2000: Lovers Rock(Epic)
2002: Lovers Live(Epic)
2010: Soldier of Love(RCA,Epic,Sony Music)
2011: The Ultimate Collection(double)(RCA,Epic,Sony Music)


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Sade Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards or Grammys) are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding achievements in the music industry. The awards ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a widely viewed televised ceremony. Sade has received four awards from nine nominations.

1986 - Sade - Best New Artist - Won
1987 - Promise - Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Nominated
1994 - No Ordinary Love - Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Won
1995 - Please Send Me Someone to Love - Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Nominated
2002 - By Your Side - Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - Nominated
2002 - Lovers Rock - Best Pop Vocal Album - Won
2011 - Babyfather - Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Nominated
2011 - Soldier of Love - Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Won
2013 - Bring Me Home: Live 2011 - Best Long Form Music Video - Nominated