will.i.am, a multi-faceted entertainer and creative innovator, is a seven-time Grammy Award winner. Known for his work with The Black Eyed Peas, who have sold 33 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide, he also works with some of the industry’s biggest names including Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, David Guetta and film composer Hans Zimmer.
In 2013 will.i.am released #willpower, his most recent solo album featuring a bold fusion of hip-hop, R&B, and electronic/dance music to create irresistibly infectious and genre-warping party anthems. #willpower includes the multi-platinum single, “Scream & Shout” which has sold over 2.5 million copies.
will.i.am is the first recording artist to send a song to Mars in collaboration with NASA’s Curiosity Mars Space Lab. Space and music industry firsts were achieved on August 28, 2012 when “Reach For The Stars (Mars Edition)” was played back from Mars during an i.am.angel foundation youth education event hosted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
In addition to his music career, will.i.am is very active in front of, and behind the camera. In front of the camera, will.i.am is now in his third year as a Coach on reality TV hit show The Voice UK that airs on BBC One. Concurrently, he is starring as a Coach on The Voice Australia during 2014 TV season on Nine Australia.
will.i.am’s film credits include starring roles in Rio, Rio 2, Madagascar 2: Escape To Africa, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
will.i.am is a founding shareholder in Beats Electronics, the creators of Beats by Dre headphones. Leveraging his experience in the consumer electronics industry, will.i.am introduced his i.am+ foto.sosho camera accessory for iPhones in London in 2012.
With a commitment to inspire kids to stay in school and go to college to become the leaders of tomorrow, will.i.am advocates regarding the importance and power of a good education through the i.am angel foundation. The i.am scholarship provides future leaders and innovators with comprehensive financial assistance to complete post-secondary education. The i.am.angel foundation has also created i.am.STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), an elementary and middle school initiative to provide underserved students with learning and interaction opportunities beyond the classroom. In addition, the i.am angel foundation is also active in the U.K. through a STEM education and computer skills joint initiative with The Prince’s Trust.
Will.i.am was named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 Young Business Leaders to Watch issue in October, 2013. He is the recipient of seven Grammy Awards, a Latin Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, two CLIO Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, a Root.com 100 Award, a VH1 Do Something Award, the BMI President’s Award and a Webby Award.