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In 2003, Ashanti released her second album, Chapter II, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 326,000 copies in the U. The album went platinum, selling over 1.5 million copies in U. Chapter II was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain on Me" were each nominated in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
In November 2003, Ashanti released a Christmas album titled Ashanti's Christmas, which was a modest commercial success.
Nearly 30,000 people agreed with him, signing the petition. Blige and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott or critically acclaimed singers like Alicia Keys and India.
Arie were more deserving of an award that carries the name of a musical legend.
In the "Rain on Me" mini-movie music video—directed by Hype Williams and co-starring Larenz Tate—Ashanti portrays a troubled young woman in an abusive relationship.
The lead single for the album, "Foolish", was a critical and commercial success; it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Despite the petition, the Soul Train committee and Don Cornelius stuck by their decision.
Ashanti was applauded by her musical peers as she entered the Pasadena Civic Auditorium to accept her award and she was supported onstage by Patti La Belle, who stated "she's a baby and we have to support our babies." In July 2003, Ashanti released her second album, Chapter II, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 326,000 copies in the U. The album went platinum, selling over 1.5 million copies in the U. Chapter II's first single, "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)", became a hit, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
Ashanti's self-titled debut album, Ashanti, was released on Irv Gotti's Murder Inc. Ashanti was the first artist to win Best Contemporary R&B Album before the category was last awarded in 2011.
She was nominated as Best New Artist and "Foolish" was nominated in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category.
Ashanti struggled to find success as a singer after being courted by several record labels, including Bad Boy and Jive.