will.i.am is an American musician, rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is best known as a founding member of the band The Black Eyed Peas, with whom he has won seven Grammy Awards and sold 33 million albums worldwide. He has also worked with some of the music industry’s biggest names including Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, David Guetta, Sergio Mendes, and film composer Hans Zimmer.
will.i.am is the first recording artist to send a song to Mars in conjunction with NASA’s Curiosity Science Lab mission. 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 2011, will.i.am executive produced and starred in his first prime time TV special “i.am FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll” to get youth excited about math and science education.
In front of the camera, will.i.am just completed his fourth season as a coach on the hit TV show “The Voice” UK on BBC One.
His song “Yes We Can” helped to mobilize voters to action during the 2008 presidential campaign. Demonstrating that music, brands and causes can be intertwined to entertain and inform, “Yes We Can” garnered an Emmy Award for “Best New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment” as well as a CLIO award in the Interactive category.
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