Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam (1973 – present) better known as Akon is a Senegalese American R&B recording artist, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and businessman.
Akon rose to fame in 2004 following the release of ‘Locked Up’, the first single from his debut album Trouble. He has since founded to successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.
His second album, ‘Konvicted’ received three nominatations for the Grammy Awards. Akon is the first solo artist to hold both number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts ‘twice’.
Akon often sings hooks for other artists and is currently credited with over 300 guest appearances and 35 Billboard Hot 100 songs. He has had a total of five Grammy Awards nominations and produced many hits for artists such as Lady Gaga and T-Pain, two artists who were given their chance at fame by Akon.
Some of his hit singles include ‘Lonely’, ‘Smack That’, ‘Right Now (Na Na Na)’ and ‘Sexy Bitch’.