Turn back the clock and take it back to the '90s with some of the biggest artists of the decade! Opening Night includes headlining acts by GRAMMY Award winners Ms. Lauryn Hill and Common, along with a special performance by the GRAMMY Award-nominated R&B/Pop group En Vogue. As part of our '90s celebration, CNN will host a World Premiere screening of “Isn’t it Ironic? The Music of the Nineties,” from the upcoming CNN Original Series, The Nineties, which highlights the influential people and iconic moments that defined the decade.
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An eight-time GRAMMY Award, eight-time Soul Train Music Award, five-time MTV VMA and 3-time American Music Award Winner, Ms. Lauryn Noelle Hill debuted her solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”, which sold more than 12 million copies and earned the singer-songwriter five GRAMMY Awards – Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Performance, Best R&B Song ("Doo Wop (That Thing)") and Best R&B Album – three American Music Awards, a Billboard Award, a Soul Train Award and an MTV Music Award. Hill has also appeared in a recurring role on the television soap opera As the World Turns and co-starred alongside Whoopi Goldberg in the hit film Sister Act II: Back in the Habit.
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Academy Award, Golden Globe, and GRAMMY-winning actor and musician, Common continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles, and continued success at the box office. He appeared on the big screen in the Oscar nominated film, Selma, a film centered around the civil rights marches that changed America. Alongside John Legend, he won the Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2015 for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for “Glory” which was featured in the film. In 2016, he appeared in the David Ayer’s high profile comic book movie, Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad. The film broke box office records both domestically and around the world. He was most recently seen opposite Keanu Reeves in the highly anticipated sequel John Wick: Chapter 2, released February 10th. Common also executive-produced Netflix drama Burning Sands and performs the closing credits original song “The Cross” featuring Lianne Le Havas. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was released on Netflix March 10th.
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Affectionately known as the “Real Funky Divas” with 20 million albums sold, multiple GRAMMY nominations, American Music Awards and Soul Train awards, En Vogue is celebrated as the ultimate girl group of the 90’s, who have sustained their sound! Today, En Vogue is redefining the idea of beauty, music and style with original members Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis and long-standing member Rhona Bennett.
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From EMMY Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO and EMMY Award-winning producer Mark Herzog, The Nineties is a seven-episode CNN Original Series that follows in the footsteps of the series The Sixties, The Seventies and The Eighties. Through the use of rare archival footage and interviews with journalists, historians, musicians and television artists, The Nineties explores the people and events that shaped the decade of pop culture. The “Isn’t It Ironic?” episode explores popular 90s music from grunge bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, east and west coast rappers like Biggie Smalls and Tupac, pop groups like the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys and female solo artists like Alanis Morissette and Lauryn Hill. The Nineties will premiere this summer on CNN.