Grammy-Award winning singer Bobby Brown’s “The Bobby Brown Story”, a biopic mini-series that premiered on the BET Network in September, 2018, has been nominated for three 2019 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special and Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special.
“The Bobby Brown Story” scored 6.7 million viewers with No. 1 ratings on BET, Facebook and Twitter.
Brown and his wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown, both served as co-producers, through their production company Brown Ribbon Entertainment, on the mini-series which intimately covers his roller-coaster personal life and career. The film opens where the network’s successful 2017 miniseries “The New Edition Story”, ended. The story includes Brown’s life as a solo artist after his dramatic exit from New Edition to his massively popular “Don’t Be Cruel” solo album. That album ushered the hip-hop and R&B fusion sound “new jack swing” into the mainstream and solidified Brown’s solo success, selling 7X platinum with sold-out arena concerts throughout the United States and the U.K.
Gabrielle Dennis, who takes on the role of Whitney Houston in the film, has been nominated for Outstanding Actress and Woody McClain, for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special, for his poignant portrayal of Brown.
“My family and I are honored that “The Bobby Brown Story” is included in the nominations for this year’s NAACP Image Awards,” states Brown. “I want to congratulate Gabrielle and Woody whose talent was a key part of the success, along with entire the ensemble, BET and producer Jesse Collins, whose commitment to excellence made this possible.”
“I am ecstatic that my very first award nomination is with the NAACP, states Gabrielle. “As an organization that celebrates images that look like me, it is very special for me to be amongst such amazing nominees. What tops it all is that I get to go on this journey with my fellow “The Bobby Brown Story” family, whom I love dearly and am so proud of.”
“I am honored to be nominated this year for my performance in “The Bobby Brown Story.”
It is incredible to be part of a group of actors, all of whom I greatly respect, and with projects that tackle very important subject matter, states McClain. “Thank you, NAACP and BET!”
As a solo artist, Brown has sold 12 million albums and scored five gold singles, three No. 1 R&B hits, a Top 100 No. 1 hit, Grammy Award, American Music Award, and a Soul Train Music Award for his “Don’t Be Cruel” album, which became the best-selling album of the year in 1988. The single “My Prerogative” was the No. 1 song in the nation for six weeks. 2018 marked the 30th Anniversary Celebration of that album.
Brown is also a NY Times best-selling author for his memoir “Every Little Step” published in 2015.
In 2018, Brown was named one of the Top 60 Male Artists Of All Time as part of Billboard Magazine’s 60th anniversary. He was also honored at the Black Music Honors in June 2018 receiving the R&B Music Icon Award at a gala supporting the National Museum of African American Music, (NMAAM) in Nashville.
In honor of the launch of his foundation, The Bobbi Kristina Serenity House, South Fulton County Georgia honored he and his family to acknowledge and thank them for their commitment to educate and give a safe-haven to those escaping domestic violence situations. Future plans include a Serenity House in Atlanta.