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Amerie (Ameriie)

Amerie,_Red_Dress_Collection_2006The R&B singer Amerie (with the alternate spelling Ameriie) was born Amerie Mi Marie Rogers in Washington D.C. in 1980. Amerie’s mother is the Korean artist Mi Suk, and her father is Black and works for the U.S. military. Amerie grew up as a military kid, living in different states and countries. Korean remains her first language.

Amerie’s debut album reached number nine on the Billboard 200. In 2003, she won the Soul Train Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, as well as a BET Award nomination for Best Female R&B Artist and an Image Award nomination for Outstanding New Artist. In 2005, she was nominated for two Grammy Awards for her album, Touch, and her hit, “1 Thing.” “1 Thing” also reached number eight on the Billboard Top 100. She received two nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards and four nominations for the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. In 2007, “Take Control” was a top ten hit in the UK, and in 2008, “Heard ‘Em All” entered the top ten on Korean pop charts.

Amerie also has an acting credit, playing the roommate of Katie Holmes’ character in the 2004 film First Daughter. In 2003 she was the presenter of the BET teen/youth lifestyle series she helped to develop, called The Center.

Amerie has said that growing up Biracial didn’t negatively affect her identity. In an interview with Intermix, she says, “I think it’s refreshing and inspiring to hear someone say that I’m comfortable in my own skin, being that there may be young biracial kids out there feeling insecure about their identity.


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