Kanye West

Kanye West

Kanye West (pronounced CON-yay) (born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American music producer and rapper from Chicago, Illinois.

Previously best known for producing hit singles for Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Ludacris, Kanye himself worked on a solo album for a long period of time, having the release pushed back time and time again. A car crash in October 2002 left his jaw fractured in three places. With his mouth still wired shut and only weeks after having an encounter with death, Kanye West began recording "Through The Wire," reliving his near-fatal accident. "Through The Wire", which sampled Chaka Khan's classic track "Through The Fire", would eventually become his lead single off The College Dropout in 2004, released on Roc-a-Fella Records. The album received almost universal acclaim for its balance of mainstream commercial appeal and conscious (at times verging on Afrocentric) lyrics, along with Kanye's signature style of taking samples from sped-up classic soul and R&B tracks.

The College Dropout reached #1 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart, and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 - it also peaked at #12 on the UK album chart, where it spent several months in the Top 20 during 2004. "Through The Wire" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, and its successor "All Falls Down", which features R&B singer Syleena Johnson, peaked at #7. The third single from the album, the inspirational quasi-epic "Jesus Walks" peaked at #11 on the Hot 100, while a fourth extract, "The New Workout Plan", made a minor impression on the US R&B / Hip-Hop charts (see list of Billboard chart positions below).

In the UK, "Through The Wire" peaked at #9 on the official singles sales chart, "All Falls Down" peaked at #10, and "Jesus Walks" peaked at #16. "Jesus Walks" as of late has been subject for controversy, as the fact that the song was bought from Indianapolis-based MC Rhymefest and re-recorded has infuriated some hip-hop fans who decry such practices. He has also collaborated with Twista on a couple of his songs, such as "Overnight Celebrity" and "Slow Jamz" (also featuring Jamie Foxx) which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. He also appears on Brandy's single, "Talk About Our Love". His other collaborations with other artists include Dilated Peoples, Mariah Carey and John Legend.

In 2004, Kanye West received ten Grammy Award nominations, making him the most nominated artist of 2004. He received two nominations in the Album of the Year category, one for The College Dropout, and one for his work on Alicia Keys's album The Diary of Alicia Keys. His work with pop icon Janet Jackson also earned a nomination for her single I Want You, produced by West, was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 13, 2005, his album The College Dropout won for Best Rap Album; and his single "Jesus Walks" won for Best Rap Song. Somewhat surprisingly, he did not go home with the Best New Artist Grammy (which instead went to Maroon 5); this snub was a repeat of the shut-out he received at the 2004 American Music Awards, where he lost to Gretchen Wilson.


His complete Grammy nominations included:

  • Album of the Year for The Diary Of Alicia Keys (as a producer)
  • Album of the Year for The College Dropout
  • Song of the Year for Jesus Walks
  • Best New Artist
  • Best R&B Song for You Don't Know My Name (as a songwriter)
  • Best Rap Solo Performance for Through The Wire
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for All Falls Down
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Slow Jamz
  • Best Rap Song for Jesus Walks
  • Best Rap Album for The College Dropout

Plus Janet Jackson's "I Want You" produced by West nominated in Best Female Recording (R&B).

Billboard Chart positions, by song

  • All Falls Down, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #4
  • All Falls Down, Hot Rap Tracks, #2
  • All Falls Down, Rhythmic Top 40, #7
  • All Falls Down, Hot 100, #7
  • All Falls Down, Top 40 Mainstream, #22
  • All Falls Down, Top 40 Tracks, #12
  • Jesus Walks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #2
  • Jesus Walks, Hot Rap Tracks, #3
  • Jesus Walks, Rhythmic Top 40, #16
  • Jesus Walks, Hot 100, #11
  • Through the Wire, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #8
  • Through the Wire, Hot Rap Tracks, #4
  • Through the Wire, Rhythmic Top 40, #10
  • Through the Wire, Hot 100, #15
  • Through the Wire, Top 40 Mainstream, #32
  • Through the Wire, Top 40 Tracks, #25
  • The New Workout Plan, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #60

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Plus Janet Jackson's "I Want You" produced by West nominated in Best Female Recording (R&B). In March 2005, at the first Australian MTV Music Awards in Sydney's Luna Park, she spoofed Janet Jackson's 2004 wardrobe malfunction by pulling down her dress to reveal both breasts, each covered with the MTV logo.
His complete Grammy nominations included:. Eventually, the cameras had to move away to prevent showing her behavior during the presentation while she was taken backstage. This incident would later become comedic material for the rest of the presenters to comment on and became part of the news the next day [2] (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/11/16/earlyshow/leisure/celebspot/main655962.shtml). At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 13, 2005, his album The College Dropout won for Best Rap Album; and his single "Jesus Walks" won for Best Rap Song. Somewhat surprisingly, he did not go home with the Best New Artist Grammy (which instead went to Maroon 5); this snub was a repeat of the shut-out he received at the 2004 American Music Awards, where he lost to Gretchen Wilson. This led her to start making barely understandable comments about her body and TrimSpa among other subjects. His work with pop icon Janet Jackson also earned a nomination for her single I Want You, produced by West, was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Tabloids speculate that she was under the influence of pills or another controlled substance.

He received two nominations in the Album of the Year category, one for The College Dropout, and one for his work on Alicia Keys's album The Diary of Alicia Keys. However, she went on stage experiencing a personal problem of some sort (or pulling a publicity stunt). In 2004, Kanye West received ten Grammy Award nominations, making him the most nominated artist of 2004. In November 2004, she was invited as a presenter to the American Music Awards show. His other collaborations with other artists include Dilated Peoples, Mariah Carey and John Legend. In October, 2003, she became a spokesperson for TrimSpa, which helped her to reportedly lose 30 lb (14 kg). He also appears on Brandy's single, "Talk About Our Love". Her height is 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m).

He has also collaborated with Twista on a couple of his songs, such as "Overnight Celebrity" and "Slow Jamz" (also featuring Jamie Foxx) which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She replied, “fried chicken”. "Jesus Walks" as of late has been subject for controversy, as the fact that the song was bought from Indianapolis-based MC Rhymefest and re-recorded has infuriated some hip-hop fans who decry such practices. In an interview on Late Night with Conan O'Brien she was asked what her “Playmate diet” consisted of. In the UK, "Through The Wire" peaked at #9 on the official singles sales chart, "All Falls Down" peaked at #10, and "Jesus Walks" peaked at #16. The show was finally cancelled in February 2004, due to “creative differences”, but has retained some life in reruns and on DVD. The third single from the album, the inspirational quasi-epic "Jesus Walks" peaked at #11 on the Hot 100, while a fourth extract, "The New Workout Plan", made a minor impression on the US R&B / Hip-Hop charts (see list of Billboard chart positions below). However, it achieved a kind of camp or cult status as many fans found humor in Smith's absurd and arguably stupid antics.

"Through The Wire" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, and its successor "All Falls Down", which features R&B singer Syleena Johnson, peaked at #7. The show's debut was a bomb, and ratings dropped with each successive week. The College Dropout reached #1 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart, and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 - it also peaked at #12 on the UK album chart, where it spent several months in the Top 20 during 2004. Critics blasted it, saying it was so bad it deserved to be pitied. The album received almost universal acclaim for its balance of mainstream commercial appeal and conscious (at times verging on Afrocentric) lyrics, along with Kanye's signature style of taking samples from sped-up classic soul and R&B tracks. The Anna Nicole Show focused on her personal and private life in the manner of other “reality” shows such as the recent hit The Osbournes. "Through The Wire", which sampled Chaka Khan's classic track "Through The Fire", would eventually become his lead single off The College Dropout in 2004, released on Roc-a-Fella Records. She was relegated to appearing in low budget soft core porn films until 2002, when she was given her own reality TV series on the E! cable television network.

With his mouth still wired shut and only weeks after having an encounter with death, Kanye West began recording "Through The Wire," reliving his near-fatal accident. During the course of the litigation, Smith's career stalled. A car crash in October 2002 left his jaw fractured in three places. [1] (http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,11818750%255E2902,00.html). Previously best known for producing hit singles for Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Ludacris, Kanye himself worked on a solo album for a long period of time, having the release pushed back time and time again. Howard Marshall's heirs. Kanye West (pronounced CON-yay) (born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American music producer and rapper from Chicago, Illinois. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the March 2002 decision, saying that Anna Nicole is not one of J.

The New Workout Plan, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #60. In December 2004, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Through the Wire, Top 40 Tracks, #25. In March of 2002, she was awarded $88 million. Through the Wire, Top 40 Mainstream, #32. Pierce appealed, and in July 2001, Houston judge Mike Wood vacated that award and ordered Anna Nicole to pay over $1 million in fees and expenses to Pierce's legal team. Through the Wire, Hot 100, #15. Howard verbally promised her half of his estate if she married him. In September, 2000, a Los Angeles bankruptcy judge awarded Anna a staggering $449,754,134.

Through the Wire, Rhythmic Top 40, #10. Anna Nicole claimed J. Through the Wire, Hot Rap Tracks, #4. Howard was, according to his employees, crazy about her, he did not include Anna Nicole in his trust and will, which he updated weeks after their marriage. Through the Wire, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #8. Pierce Marshall, for half of her late husband's $1.6 billion estate. Although J. Jesus Walks, Hot 100, #11. Howard's death on August 4, 1995 Anna Nicole squared off against his son, E.

Jesus Walks, Rhythmic Top 40, #16. Within weeks after J. Jesus Walks, Hot Rap Tracks, #3. By most accounts, Anna Nicole had other boyfriends and was generally indifferent to Marshall, with whom she never lived. Jesus Walks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #2. Smith and the billionaire Marshall finally married on June 27, 1994; she was 26 at the time, he was nearly 90. All Falls Down, Top 40 Tracks, #12. She finally settled on the name “Anna Nicole Smith” by the time of her PMOY pictorial.

All Falls Down, Top 40 Mainstream, #22. Tall, blonde, and fullfigured, Smith won comparisons to the voluptuous Marilyn Monroe and was chosen to be the 1993 Playmate of the Year. All Falls Down, Hot 100, #7. Smith then posed nude for Playboy as the June, 1992 centerfold. All Falls Down, Rhythmic Top 40, #7. This appearance secured her a deal with Guess? jeans to follow supermodel Claudia Schiffer in its ad campaign. All Falls Down, Hot Rap Tracks, #2. With Marshall lavishing money on her, Smith got breast implants and as “Vickie Smith” managed to land on the cover of the March, 1992 issue of Playboy magazine, wearing a lowcut evening gown.

All Falls Down, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #4. Howard Marshall, who frequently patronized the establishment. Best Rap Album for The College Dropout. It was while working as a stripper that she met billionaire J. Best Rap Song for Jesus Walks. Having to support a son, Daniel, from her first husband, Anna Nicole worked at a variety of odd-jobs. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Slow Jamz. Anna Nicole Smith (born Vickie Lynn Hogan on November 28, 1967 in Mexia, Texas) is a model and actress.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for All Falls Down. Be Cool (2005) (Cameo). Best Rap Solo Performance for Through The Wire. Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls (2004). Best R&B Song for You Don't Know My Name (as a songwriter). Wasabi Tuna (2003). Best New Artist. Skyscraper (1997).

Song of the Year for Jesus Walks. To the Limit (1995). Album of the Year for The College Dropout. Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994). Album of the Year for The Diary Of Alicia Keys (as a producer). The Hudsucker Proxy (1994).

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