In May 1983 the band performed their first US show at Danceteria Club in New York City.Andrew Hale joined the band in 1983; Cook left in 1984.
On 28 June 1986, after touring for the album, the band performed at the Artists Against Apartheid Concert in the Freedom Festival on Clapham Common in London.
In 1987 the band was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for Promise.
The single became their first US hit in Spring 1985, propelling the album in the US Top Ten.
Also in 1985, the band were nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards—"Best Female Video" and "Best New Artist".
1 in several countries and the Top Ten in the US where it has sold in excess of 4 million copies.
In late 1985, Sade released their second studio album Promise, which peaked at No. Their 2000 fifth studio album, Lovers Rock, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. The musical group Sade was formed in London in 1982, by members of a Latin soul band, Pride.
A second single, "When Am I Going to Make a Living" barely made the Top 40, but the band's debut album, Diamond Life, was released in July 1984 and peaked at No. The band embarked on their first major UK tour, augmented by Dave Early (drums), Martin Ditcham (percussion), Terry Bailey (trumpet) and Gordon Matthewman (trombone).
A third single, "Smooth Operator", was released from the album with a video directed by Julian Temple.
In late 1985, Sade released their second album, Promise, which peaked at No. It was certified double platinum by the BPI in the UK, and quadruple platinum in the US.