Salt-N-Pepa are an American hip-hop girl group formed in 1985. The group originally comprised of Cheryl James, Sandra Denton, and Latoya Hanson, before Hanson was replaced with Deidra Roper. They were signed to Next Plateau Records and released their single "Push It" on March 8, 1987, which hit number one in 3 countries. Their debut album Hot, Cool & Vicious sold more than a million copies worldwide, making them the first female rap act to achieve gold and platinum-status. Their fourth album Very Necessary sold over 7 million copies worldwide, making it the highest-selling album by a female rap act in history.
Salt-N-Pepa have sold over 15 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling female rap acts of all time. This group was nominated and received the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, making them one of the first female rap acts to win a Grammy Award along with Queen Latifah who won during that same year. Their success in rap and hip-hop culture has earned them the honorific title "The First Ladies of Rap and Hip Hop". An excellent feat in a industry that was prodomenantly controlled by men.
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