The original trio of the proudly Atlantan girl group TLC had a mural by Dan Stone dedicated in their honor at downtown Grant Park. The unveiling took place Oct. 9 and was attended by community figures including Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens.
Sponsored by Good As Burgers, the mural unveiling was part of the last events for the month-long arts celebration “Elevate,” an art project aimed at providing the public with free cultural experiences that highlights the best of the city’s creative minds. Several artworks dedicated to TLC and other iconic R&B and hip hop artists were exhibited inside the building where the mural was painted.
Present at the mural dedication were Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens; TLC members Rozonda “Chili” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins; and manager, producer, and artist and repertoire (A&R) consultant Ian Burke. “It’s just crazy. I’m excited to see what this looks like,” Burke said, as reported by The Atlanta Voice. “New York immortalizes their heroes all the time, it’s about time that Atlanta follows suit. There are a lot of people that have influenced the nation worldwide. It’s important that our heroes are immortalized in this way.” The group has had and continues to have an impact on music and Atlanta’s culture, according to Mayor Dickens who also spoke at the event.
Thomas and Watkins took the stage to share their thoughts on their group’s history, capping out the event. They expressed gratitude to those who supported them in their musical journey, and to the people of Atlanta. They also paid tribute to Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, a member of their vocal group who passed away at 30 in a vehicle accident in 2002.
TLC has won Grammys including best R&B album for “CrazySexyCool” and “Fanmail”, best R&B performance by a group with vocals for the singles “Creep” and “No Scrubs.” They’ve also won five MTV Video Music Awards with four awards for “Waterfalls” and one for “No Scrubs.”