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Akon performing in 2009
|Birth name||Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam|
|Also known as||A-Kon|
|Born||April 16, 1973|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam (Script error: No such module "IPAc-en".; born April 16, 1973) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor. 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 United 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 decade.
In 2010, a song that Akon sung with Michael Jackson, "Hold My Hand", was released. It was also released on Michael.
- "Akon - Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer - Biography.com". Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- "Billboard - Music Charts, Music News, Artist Photo Gallery & Free Video". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
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