While you may know many of the familiar faces set to attend the 2020 Grammys, some may be left asking: Who is Charlie Wilson? Well, have no fear! Let us take this opportunity to introduce you to the famous R&B artist who sang the 2008 hit “There Goes My Baby” as well as songs like “Early in the Morning” and “Forever Valentine.”
The 66-year-old — who was born January 29, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma — is also known as Uncle Charlie and is both a solo artist as well as the former lead singer of the Gap Band. Charlie formed the group with his older brother, Ronnie, and his younger brother, Robert. They rose to fame in the mid-’70s and stayed together until they disbanded in 2010, having gotten their start singing in church as the sons of the preacher.
Over the course of his career, Charlie has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and won two NAACP Image Awards and even won a Soul Train Icon Award in 2009. In 2013, he was given a BET Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by Justin Timberlake and was accompanied by an epic tribute performance, which brought India Arie, Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams to the stage.
On the personal front, Charlie married wife Mahin Tat in 1995 after she was his social worker during his stay in a drug rehab center. Though the two have never welcomed children together, he has leaned on her in overcoming addictions to cocaine and alcohol that once left him homeless. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 but beat it thanks to early detection. Since then, he’s worked with the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Charlie has $15 million in the bank.
Charlie is just one of many performers set to take to the stage for the 2020 Grammys. Others include: Aerosmith, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Bonnie Raitt, Run-D.M.C. and Tanya Tucker as well as lovebirds Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton — just to name a few. Alicia Keys, who hosted last year, returned to helm music’s biggest night again!
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