Senegalese born American hip-hop singer/songwriter/producer and philanthropist Akon (born Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam) has been named on the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful celebrities of 2010. According to Forbes, Akon is the 80th most powerful celebrity of 2010.
The list which was released on the 28th of June 2010 sees Oprah Winfrey heading the list at No.1. Oprah has reclaimed the no.1 spot after she was dethroned by Angelina Jolie in 2009.
Akon, son of Senegalese percussionist Mor Thiam 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 found two record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. He is known as one of the most successful and versatile R&B singers of the 21st century, grossing over 30 million dollars a year according to Forbes.
Akon often sings hooks for other artists and is currently accredited with over 300 guest appearances and 40 Billboard Hot 100 songs. 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 6 Grammy Awards nominations and has produced many hits for artists such as Lady Gaga, Colby O’Donis and Leona Lewis. Lady Gaga and T-Pain are two artists who were given their chance at fame by Akon.
This year, Akon has been profiting from a range of business ventures. There’s his Konvict Clothing line, his Pepsi soccer ad campaign, and Kon Live, his Interscope-backed imprint that’s home to Lady Gaga and others. Akon still has time for traditional musical ventures, including an international tour and a new album, Stadium Music.