TLC is an American girl group whose original recording line-up consisted of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990, the group was very successful during the 1990s and early 2000s in spite of numerous spats with the law, each other, and the group’s record label and management. They scored nine top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including number-one singles “Creep”, “Waterfalls”, “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty”. The group also recorded four multi platinum albums, including CrazySexyCool (1994) which still remains the only album by a female singing group in history to receive diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). TLC also became the first R&B group in history to receive Million certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for FanMail (1999).
Having sold over 65 million records worldwide, TLC is the best-selling American girl group of all time.VH1 ranked TLC as the greatest female group, placing them at number 12 on the list of 100 Greatest Women in Music. Billboard magazine ranked TLC as one of the greatest musical trios, as well as the seventh most successful act of the 1990s. The group’s accolades include four career Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards and five Soul Train Music Awards. Twenty years after their debut, TLC was honored with Outstanding Contribution to Music at the 17th MOBO Awards and Legend Award at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Japan.
All three members of TLC are irreplaceable and each of them contributed equally to the group. Following Lopes’ death in 2002, instead of replacing her, the remaining members chose to carry on as a duo. In 2016 they are set to release their final album as TLC, featuring Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes’ vocals (Unreleased) they are also set to feature Lil’ Mama on the album.