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Fast Facts

  • Started out as a producer for hip-hop artists including Jermaine Dupri, Jay-Z and Ludacris.
  • After fracturing his jaw in a car crash, he wrote "Through the Wire," which got him a record deal.
  • Walked out of the American Music Awards in 2004 after losing the Best New Artist award to country performer Gretchen Wilson. He later apologized to her for his actions.
  • Took some heat for publicly criticizing President George W. Bush during a 2005 NBC Hurricane Katrina benefit concert.
  • Was widely denounced when he interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2009.
  • Made his directorial debut in 2010 with the musical short film Runaway, which is based on the song of the same name from his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album.

Awards

  • 2008, Grammy — Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Winner
  • 2008, Grammy — Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Winner
  • 2010, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Music Collaboration: Winner
  • 2007, Grammy — Best Rap Song: Winner
  • 2011, Grammy — Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Winner
  • 2009, Grammy — Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Winner
  • 2012, Grammy — Best Rap Song: Winner
  • 2012, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Song of the Year: Winner
  • 2012, Grammy — Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Winner
  • 2012, Grammy — Best Rap Performance: Winner
  • 2011, Grammy — Best Rap Album: Winner
  • 2011, Grammy — Best Rap Song: Winner
  • 2011, Grammy — Best Rap Performance: Winner
  • 2007, Grammy — Best Rap Solo Performance: Winner
  • 2009, Grammy — Best Rap Song: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Rap Album: Winner
  • 2004, Grammy — Best Rap Song: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Male Rap Solo Performance: Winner
  • 2004, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Rap Song: Winner
  • 2004, Grammy — Best Rap Album: Winner
  • 2007, Grammy — Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Winner
  • 2007, Grammy — Best Rap Album: Winner

Relationships

  • Kim Kardashian — Wife
  • Ray West — Father
  • Amber Rose — Ex-significant Other
  • Donda West — Mother
  • Alexis Phifer — Ex-fiancée
  • North West — Daughter
  • Saint West — Son

College

  • Attended The American Academy of Arts, Chicago, Illinois, United States; attended Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Details

  • Birth Name: Kanye Omari West
  • Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Birthday: June 8, 1977, Gemini
  • Profession: Producer, Songwriter, Hip-hop artist

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