Hip Hop legend, Soul/Jazz diva and Hollywood actress, Dana Owens aka Queen Latifah will be joining a wide array of arts and entertainment legends such as Frank Sinatra, Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep on the New Jersey Hall of Fame when the 2011 Induction ceremony is held on June 5th.
Queen Latifah was one of the thirty New Jersey natives nominated in the fall of 2010 to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame this year (created to honour citizens who have made invaluable contributions to the society and the world beyond).
After a public vote which lasted for three months between October 2010 and January 2011, the Queen (Latifah) along with other stalwarts such as Bruce Willis, John Travolta and Tony Bennett, is among the final thirteen inductees that will be presented with their awards at the June 5 induction ceremony.
This is the latest accolade for Dana Owens in an illustrious career that has spanned over two decades across the spectrum of music, film and television. In 1989, she released her debut Hip Hop album All Hail The Queen and went on to release five more studio albums across the genres of Hip Hop, R&B and Jazz music, winning a Grammy Award for ‘Best Rap Solo Performance’ along the way in 1995.
Her TV and film career includes starring roles in the popular ’90s sitcom Living Single, the 1996 box-office film Set It Off, the critically-acclaimed 2007 film Life Support which earned Queen Latifah a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and the Oscar-winning screen adaptation of the musical Chicago amongst others.