Kanye West

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Kanye Omari West
  • Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/08/1977, Gemini
  • Profession: Producer; songwriter; hip-hop artist
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Kanye West 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.
  • Kanye West Relationships:
  • Amber Rose - Ex-significant Other
  • Kim Kardashian - Wife
  • Ray West - Father
  • Donda West - Mother
  • Alexis Phifer - Ex-fiancée
  • North West - Daughter
  • Kanye West Awards:
  • 2004 Grammy: Best Rap Album - Winner
  • 2005 Grammy: Best Rap Album - Winner
  • 2004 Grammy: Best Rap Song - Winner
  • 2012 Grammy: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - Winner
  • 2009 Grammy: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - Winner
  • 2005 Grammy: Best Male Rap Solo Performance - Winner
  • 2004 Grammy: Best R&B Song - Winner
  • 2005 Grammy: Best Rap Song - Winner
  • 2010 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Music Collaboration - Winner
  • 2007 Grammy: Best Rap Solo Performance - Winner
  • 2007 Grammy: Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group - Winner
  • 2007 Grammy: Best Rap Album - Winner
  • 2007 Grammy: Best Rap Song - Winner
  • 2012 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Song of the Year - Winner
  • 2011 Grammy: Best Rap Performance - Winner
  • 2008 Grammy: Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group - Winner
  • 2012 Grammy: Best Rap Performance - Winner
  • 2012 Grammy: Best Rap Song - Winner
  • 2011 Grammy: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - Winner
  • 2011 Grammy: Best Rap Song - Winner
  • 2009 Grammy: Best Rap Song - Winner
  • 2011 Grammy: Best Rap Album - Winner
  • 2008 Grammy: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended The American Academy of Arts, Chicago, Illinois, United States; attended Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois, United States

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