Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, known mononymously as Akon, is a Senegalese-American singer, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up", the first single from his debut album Trouble, followed by the second single "Lonely". His second album, Konvicted, received three Grammy Award nominations for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Smack That" and "I Wanna Love You". Both singles became Billboard Hot 100 top ten hits, followed up by "Don't Matter" and "Sorry, Blame It on Me". His third studio album Freedom was led by the single "Right Now". Akon often provides vocals as a featured artist and is currently credited with over 300 guest appearances and more than 35 Billboard Hot 100 songs, resulting in five Grammy Award nominations. He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.

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Akon insists men are superior to women and can have babies without them in bizarre rant

Akon shocks fans with bizarre rant about gender equality

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Akon Defends Nick Cannon, Says Attending Kids' Recitals Is for White Men

Akon Agrees ‘100 Percent’ With Nick Cannon ‘Spreading His Seed’: ‘That’s How Life Is Supposed to Be’

Kanye West antisemitism: Rapper Akon backs West despite Hitler comments

Akon Defends Kanye West After Hitler Comments

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Akon cosies up to Yazmin Oukhellou at EP launch party in Essex

Akon Doesn't Get Qatar World Cup Boycott, Every Culture Is Different

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'Smack That' singer Akon rides a jet ski on the Gold Coast

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Here’s How Eminem Ended Up Producing Akon’s ‘Smack That’

Akon Says Using Brothers As Tour Stand-Ins Was for Fans' Benefit

WHAT?! Akon Admits To Using His Brother As A Body Double When Overbooked!