RIAA 3x Multi-Platinum Award for Will Smith album Big Willie Style. Released on Nov. 21, 1997, the album was certified 3x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA on July 28, 1998 for three million copies sold.
Along with the Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit "Gettin' Jiggy wit It", singles also included "Just Cruisin' ", "Miami" "Just The Two Of Us" the film theme "Men In Black". The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. "Gettin' Jiggy wit It" and "Men In Black" also netted Smith Grammy awards in each of two successive years for Best Rap Solo Performance. By 2000 the album was certified an impressive 9x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA for nine million copies sold. See image above for the RIAA sales certification of this album*.
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- RIAA 3x Multi-Platinum award
- In VG to Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 1998
- Presentation to music industry executive
- All original with manufacturer sticker
- Letter of provenance included
- Known as a RIAA "R hologram" award, they were made from 1990-97
- Award measures 13" x 17"
- Beautiful collectors item for any Will Smith fan
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA 3x Multi-Platinum award is a first presentation award that would have been manufactured in 1998 making this award 24 years old. The award is presented to Jerry Blair, a record executive who held roles at CBS, Chrysalis, and Columbia Records.
Blair played a key role in the success of artists including Smith, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Ricky Martin, George Michael and many others. The award is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Blair's son, who later took possession of his father's awards and memorabilia (see image of letter, son's name is redacted on image, buyer will receive unredacted copy).
This award is all original with Ill Eagle manufacturer's sticker. The award is in VG to Excellent condition with only minor wear on the frame and a few mars on the plexiglass.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com