Akon in 2009
|Birth name||Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam|
|Born||April 16, 1973|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973), better known as Akon, is a Senegalese-American R&B singer. He grew up in Senegal, but when he was 7 his family settled in New Jersey. His father, Mor Thiam was a successful jazz percussionist. Soon after moving back to the States, Akon discovered hip-hop for the first time. Akon has worked with a lot of other musicians.
Akon has been nominated for many awards including 5 Grammy Awards, 3 American Music Awards winning 1 and 4 MTV Video Music Awards. Billboard ranked Akon No. 6 on the list of Top Digital Songs Artists of the 2000s.
In 2009 Michael Jackson died. Akon had been friends with Jackson. Akon released a tribute song called "Cry Out Of Joy". In 2010 a song that Akon sung with Michael Jackson, "Hold My Hand", was released. It was also released on Michael.
Albums[change | change source]
Akon has released 4 studio albums:
References[change | change source]
- "Billboard - Music Charts, News, Photos & Video". Billboard.