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|Birth name||Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam|
April 16, 1973|
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
|Genres||R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Labels||Universal, SRC, Konvict Muzik, UpFront|
|Associated acts||Kardinal Offishall, Colby O'Donis, Lady GaGa, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, Eminem, David Guetta, Michael Jackson, Flo Rida, Ace Hood, Keri Hilson, Pitbull, Styles P, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Sean Paul, T.I.|
Aliaune Damala Thiam (born April 16, 1973), known by his stage name 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.
Akon has released 4 studio albums: