Will.I.Am

  • Birth Name: William James Adams Jr.
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Profession: Rapper, Record producer, Songwriter
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  • In the early 1990s, he formed the hip-hop group Atban Klann with Allan Pineda Lindo. A few years later, the band morphed into the Black Eyed Peas. 
  • Created a clothing line in 2001.
  • Cowrote the song "Ordinary People" with John Legend, the singer's 2005 breakout hit single.
  • In 2007, released his solo album Songs About Girls.  
  • Was the first recipient of the Daytime Emmy Award for Best New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment, a category that was added in 2008. He won for his hugely popular "Yes We Can" presidential campaign music video for Democratic candidate Barack Obama.
  • In his film debut, he provided the voice for the character of Moto Moto in the 2008 animated movie Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

Awards

  • 2006, Grammy — Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 2009, Grammy — Best Pop Vocal Album: Winner
  • 2004, Grammy — Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Winner
  • 2008, Grammy — Best Urban/Alternative Performance: Winner
  • 2009, Grammy — Best Short Form Music Video: Winner
  • 2009, Grammy — Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 2018, National Television Awards — TV Judge: Nominee

Relationships

  • William James Adams Sr. — Father
  • Debra Cain — Mother
  • Sarah Cain — Grandmother
  • William Adams Sr. — Father
  • Debra — Mother

College

  • Attended Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, California, United States
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