AMA gift baskets go organic

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The gift baskets given to those performing, presenting and nominated at the "American Music Awards" in Los Angeles include a lot of things organic.

Usher, Alicia Keyes duet on awards show

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Usher and Alicia Keyes will perform their current hit "My Boo" on the upcoming American Music Awards telecast, organizers announced Monday.

Jay-Z rumored to be Def Jam president

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Rapper Jay-Z may be tapped president of hip-hop label Def Jam, a music industry insider told RollingStone.com.

Presenters set for American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Producers Wednesday announced an all-star lineup of presenters for the American Music Awards including Clay Aiken, Sheryl Crow and Nicole Ritchie.

Kanye West takes 3 Source Awards

MIAMI, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Kanye West won three awards at the Source Hip-Hop Awards ceremony in Miami, the most by any single artist.

Gwen Stefani to make solo debut

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani will make her solo performing TV debut on the upcoming American Music Awards telecast, producers announced Monday.

Dave Chappelle behind 'Block Party'

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The weekend concert event at New York City's Fort Greene neighborhood dubbed "Block Party," will appear as a concert film and documentary.

Stars line up for American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Usher, Toby Keith and Jessica Simpson will perform during the 32nd annual American Music Awards telecast from Los Angeles, producers said Monday.

Usher, Norah Jones tapped world's best

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Usher, Norah Jones and OutKast were named world's best musicians at the World Music Awards, a ceremony honoring the best-selling acts internationally.

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Mobo axes singers for anti-gay lyrics

LONDON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Britain's Music of Black Origin Awards organizers withdrew nominations for Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel because the reggae acts use homophobic lyrics.

Jay-Z, Beyonce, Usher lead MTV nominations

MIAMI, July 28 (UPI) -- Jay-Z, Beyoncé, No Doubt, Usher and Outkast topped the list of performers receiving nominations for MTV Video Music Awards.

Usher is top artist for first half of 2004

NEW YORK, July 7 (UPI) -- Hip-hop artist Usher, with three hit singles to his credit this year, is the top music artist for the first half of 2004 based on total U.S. airplay.

Beyoncé, OutKast win big at BET awards

LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) -- Beyoncé, OutKast and Usher were the top winners, with two trophies each, at the BET Awards held in Los Angeles.

Janet Jackson will be live on BET Awards

LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) -- Producers of this year's BET Awards telecast said the show will feature a live appearance by Janet Jackson, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
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Kanye West
Kanye West and girlfriend Amber arrive for the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York on September 13, 2009. UPI/Laura Cavanaugh

Kanye Omari West (pronounced /ˈkɑːnjeɪ/; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, and record producer. West first rose to fame as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, where he eventually achieved recognition for his work on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint, as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson. His style of production originally used pitched-up vocal samples from soul songs incorporated with his own drums and instruments. However, subsequent productions saw him broadening his musical palette and expressing influences encompassing '70s R&B, baroque pop, trip hop, arena rock, folk, alternative, electronica, synth-pop, and classical music.

West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004, his second album Late Registration in 2005, his third album Graduation in 2007, and his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in 2008. His four albums have received numerous awards, including a cumulative twelve Grammys, and critical acclaim. All have been very commercially successful, with 808s & Heartbreak becoming his third consecutive #1 album in the U.S. upon release. West also runs his own record label GOOD Music, home to artists such John Legend, Common and Kid Cudi. West's mascot and trademark is "Dropout Bear," a teddy bear which has appeared on the covers of three of his five albums as well as various single covers and music videos. About.com ranked Kanye West #8 on their "Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers" list. On May 16, 2008, Kanye West was crowned by MTV as the year's #1 "Hottest MC in the Game."

Kanye West was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lived with his parents. When he was three years old, his parents divorced, and he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. His father was Ray West, a former Black Panther who was one of the first black photojournalists at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and is now a Christian counselor. West's mother, Dr. Donda West, was a Professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, and the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University before retiring to serve as West's manager. He was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois after living in Chicago. West credits his feminine nature to being raised by his mother. When asked about his grades in high school, West replied, "I got A's and B's. And I'm not even frontin'".

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