- NAME: will.i.am
- OCCUPATION: Activist, Songwriter, Music Producer
- BIRTH DATE: March 15, 1975 (Age: 38)
- Did You Know?: will.i.am is the first artist to have a song ("Reach for the Stars") sent to Mars. It happened in conjunction with NASA's Curiosity Mars Space Lab, a youth education event.
- EDUCATION: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles, California
- Full Name: William J. Adams
- AKA: Will-1X
- AKA: Zuper Blahq
- AKA: will.i.am
- ZODIAC SIGN: Pisces
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Grammy Award winner will.i.am is one of the founding members of the Black Eyed Peas. He's also made a name for himself as a solo artist, producer and activist.
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This renaissance celebrity isn't about just profit but also politics, change and social activism. He created songs and a website to support Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. His innovative music video for the song "Yes We Can," featuring snippets from Obama's speeches, won an Emmy and a Clio award. In addition,
will.i.am runs his I.Am.Angel Foundation to support education. Its I.Am.Steam initiative to expose underserved students to learning opportunities outside the classroom earned him recognition as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.
What's coming up for the ridiculously busy will.i.am? If the rumors are true, the next accomplishment to check off his list will be American Idol judge.
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