Akon (born April 16, 1973), is a Senegalese American R&B recording artist and songwriter. Akon first rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble. His second album, Konvicted, earned him a Grammy Award nomination of the single “Smack That”. He has since founded two record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. Akon often contributes vocal hooks for other artists, and is currently credited with over 300 guest appearances and 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs.

He has worked with numerous performers such as Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Quincy Jones, Eminem and Whitney Houston. He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. He has had six Grammy Awards nominations and has produced many hits for artists such as Lady Gaga, Colby O’Donis and Leona Lewis. Akon makes Las Vegas a regular stop on his national tours & appearances.

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