will.i.am is an American musician, rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is best known as a founding member of the band The Black Eyed Peas, with whom he has won seven Grammy Awards and sold 33 million albums worldwide. He has also worked with some of the music industry’s biggest names including Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, David Guetta, Sergio Mendes, and film composer Hans Zimmer.
will.i.am is the first recording artist to send a song to Mars in conjunction with NASA’s Curiosity Science Lab mission. Space and music industry firsts were achieved on August 28, 2012 when “Reach For The Stars (Mars Edition)” was played back from Mars during an i.am.angel Foundation youth education event hosted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
In 2011, will.i.am executive produced and starred in his first prime time TV special “i.am FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll” to get youth excited about math and science education.
In front of the camera, will.i.am just completed his fourth season as a coach on the hit TV show “The Voice” UK on BBC One.
His song “Yes We Can” helped to mobilize voters to action during the 2008 presidential campaign. Demonstrating that music, brands and causes can be intertwined to entertain and inform, “Yes We Can” garnered an Emmy Award for “Best New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment” as well as a CLIO award in the Interactive category.
will.i.am is founder and CEO of i.am+, a technology and fashion company creating innovative wearable electronics, and maker of the Puls smartband. He is also a founding shareholder in Beats Electronics, the creators of Beats by Dre™ headphones.
In collaboration with The Coca-Cola Company, will.i.am is on a mission to elevate the importance of recycling and to turn waste into a valued commodity through his EKOCYCLE brand. Launched in July, 2012, EKOCYCLE offers an extensive line of fashion apparel, accessories and sporting goods that incorporate recycled plastic bottles.
Since 2014, will.i.am has served as Chief Creative Officer at 3D Systems, a leading company in 3D printing technology. He also served as Director of Creative Innovation at Intel Corporation from 2011-2013.
Through his i.am.angel Foundation, will.i.am is committed to inspiring young people to pursue a college education and careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). His i.am scholarship program provides future leaders and innovators with financial assistance to complete higher education.
As part of will.i.am’s philanthropic commitment, he hosts his annual TRANS4M Benefit during Grammy Week. TRANS4M speakers have included President Bill Clinton, NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin, Los Angeles Mayors Eric Garcetti and Antonio Villaraigosa, inventor Dean Kamen, CEO of Burberry Angela Ahrendts, writer Baratunde Thurston, former CTO of the United States Todd Park, and many other thought-leaders, artists and innovators.
Public Speaking & Awards
will.i.am has addressed audiences at the World Economic Forum Davos Summit, Clinton Global Initiative, Social Good Summit, TEDxCERN, Global Grand Challenges Summit, CES (Consumer Electronics Show), Mobile World Congress, BSR, Fortune Brainstorm Green, Cannes Golden Lion Festival, FIRST Robotics Championships, IBC, MacWorld, PTTOW, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal College of Art, Royal Television Society, UK Trade & Investment Summit and many others.
Recognized and honored by numerous industry organizations, will.i.am was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in March, 2013, in recognition for his role as a STEM education advocate.
He is the recipient of multiple Grammy Awards, a Latin Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, two CLIO Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, a VH1 Do Something Award, the BMI President’s Award and a Webby Award.