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William James Adams (born March 15, 1975), better known as will.i.am (pronounced "Will I am"), is an American recording artist, songwriter, entrepreneur, voice actor, DJ, record producer, and philanthropist, best known as one of the founding members of the hip hop/pop band, The Black-Eyed Peas. He is the recipient of seven Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award, a Teen Choice Award, two MTV Video Music Awards, and three World Music Awards, all won with the Black Eyed Peas. According to reports, he was rumored to become a judge on Season 13 of American Idol along with Keith Urban and possibly Jennifer Lopez, but according to reports, negotiations broke down over money. He is currently a coach on The Voice UK.

In addition to his music with The Black-Eyed Peas, Will.i.am has also released four solo albums. The first, Lost Change, was released in 2001 on Atlantic Records. The album itself is the original soundtrack to the movie of the same name. A music video was made for the song, "I Am", but no singles were released from the album. The second solo album Must B 21 was released on September 23, 2003. Track seventeen on the release, "Go!", was regularly used as the theme for the NBA Live 2005 and Madden NFL 2005 seasons. A video for the track was also recorded for use within the sports, however, no singles were released from the album. The third album, Songs About Girls, was released on September 25, 2007. The first single released from the album was a club track titled "I Got It from My Mama", which peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #31 on 17 August 2007. The album also featured the singles "Heartbreaker" and "One More Chance". He released his fourth studio album, #willpower, in 2013.

Will.i.am is also a music producer. He has produced with other artists including Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Eazy-E, Britney Spears, David Guetta, U2, Rihanna, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Earth, Wind & Fire, Nicki Minaj, Cheryl Cole, 2NE1, SMAP, The Game, Nas, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Daddy Yankee, Wolfgang Gartner, and Juanes. In collaborations and with the Black Eyed Peas, he has a total of 34 Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart since 1998 and has sold 9.4 million singles in the UK.

Early life[]

William Adams (named "William James Adams Jr." on his birth certificate) was born in East Los Angeles and was raised in the Estrada Courts housing projects in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, where he and his family were among the few African Americans living in a predominantly Hispanic community. He never met his father, William Adams, and grew up with his mother, Debra (née Cain), who encouraged him to be unique and to avoid conforming to the tendencies of the other youth in his neighborhood on the east side of Los Angeles. She encouraged him to begin working on his musical career by sending him to public schools in affluent West Los Angeles. While attending Palisades Charter High School, will.i.am became best friends with Allan Pineda (stage name apl.de.ap), who was also a future member of The Black Eyed Peas. While still in high school, will.i.am and apl.de.ap performed in East L.A. clubs and were soon joined by three other entertainers to form the socially conscious rap group, Atban Klann. Atban Klann caught the eye of Compton rapper Eazy-E and was signed to his label, Ruthless Records.

Adams used to attend raves while in high school. He later said his history with rave culture is why he chose a more electro sound for The Black Eyed Peas' albums The E.N.D. and The Beginning. Despite the use of electro and house music elements, will.i.am prefers to separate the underground from pop. In an article with Los Angeles Times, he mentions that secrecy over the whereabouts of raves is what made raving special, and different from the mainstream.

American Idol
Seasons
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Judges
 ·Simon Cowell (Seasons 1-9) ·Paula Abdul (Seasons 1-8) ·Randy Jackson (Seasons 1-12)
 ·Kara DioGuardi (Seasons 8-9) ·Ellen DeGeneres (Season 9) ·Jennifer Lopez (Seasons 10-11|13-15)
 ·Steven Tyler (Seasons 10-11) ·Nicki Minaj (Season 12) ·Mariah Carey (Season 12) ·Keith Urban (Seasons 12-15)
 ·Harry Connick, Jr. (Seasons 13-15) ·Katy Perry (Seasons 16-22) ·Lionel Richie (Seasons 16+) ·Luke Bryan (Seasons 16+)
Personnel
 ·Ryan Seacrest (Seasons 1+) ·Brian Dunkleman (Season 1) ·Simon Fuller (Seasons 1-15) ·Nigel Lythgoe (Seasons 1-7/10-12) ·Megan Wolflick (Seasons 14+) ·Jimmy Iovine (Seasons 10-12) ·Scott Borchetta (Seasons 14-15) ·Bobby Bones (Seasons 16-19) ·Rickey Minor (Seasons 4-9/13-15) ·Ray Chew (Seasons 10-12) ·Kristopher Pooley (Seasons 16+) ·Michael Orland (Seasons 1-17) ·Debra Byrd (Seasons 1-10|) ·Peggi Blu (Seasons 10-11) ·Peisha McPhee (Seasons 10-13) ·Adriana McPhee (Seasons 17+) ·Devin Velez (S12; Seasons 22+) ·Allison Iraheta (S8; Seasons 13-15) ·Felicia Barton (S8; Seasons 16+)
Winners
 ·Kelly Clarkson ·Ruben Studdard ·Fantasia Barrino ·Carrie Underwood ·Taylor Hicks ·Jordin Sparks ·David Cook
 ·Kris Allen ·Lee DeWyze ·Scotty McCreery ·Phillip Phillips ·Candice Glover ·Caleb Johnson ·Nick Fradiani
 ·Trent Harmon ·Maddie Poppe ·Laine Hardy ·Just Sam ·Chayce Beckham ·Noah Thompson ·Iam Tongi ·Abi Carter
Runners-Up
 ·Justin Guarini ·Clay Aiken ·Diana DeGarmo ·Bo Bice ·Katharine McPhee ·Blake Lewis ·David Archuleta ·Adam Lambert ·Crystal Bowersox ·Lauren Alaina ·Jessica Sanchez ·Kree Harrison ·Jena Irene ·Clark Beckham ·La'Porsha Renae ·Caleb Lee Hutchinson ·Alejandro Aranda ·Arthur Gunn ·Willie Spence () ·HunterGirl ·Megan Danielle ·Will Moseley
Notable Alumni
 ·Alex Lambert ·Alex Preston ·Allegra Miles ·Angie Miller ·Anilee List ·Anoop Desai ·Beane ·Benson Boone ·Briston Maroney
 ·Brooke White ·Carly Smithson ·Casey Abrams ·Casey Bishop ·Cassandra Coleman ·Chris Daughtry ·Colton Dixon ·Danny Gokey ·David Brown ·DeAndre Brackensick ·Elise Testone ·Elliott Yamin ·Francisco Martin ·Fritz Hager ·Gabby Barrett
 ·Grace Kinstler ·Graham DeFranco ·Haley Reinhart ·Hollie Cavanagh ·Hunter Metts ·Jack Blocker ·Jacob Lusk
 ·James Durbin ·JAX ·Jen Hirsh ·Jennifer Hudson ·Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon ·Jessica Meuse ·Jimmie Allen ·Joey Cook
 ·Josh Gracin ·Joshua Ledet ·Jurnee ·Kaibrienne ·Katie Stevens ·Kayla Mickelsen ·Kellie Pickler ·Laci Kaye Booth ·LaToya London ·Lauren Daigle ·Lauren Spencer-Smith ·Leah Marlene ·Margie Mays ·Mario Vázquez ·Mary Jo Young ·Matt Giraud
 ·Megan Joy ·Melinda Doolittle ·Michael J. Woodard ·Nadia Turner ·Naima Adedapo ·Nikko Smith ·Paris Bennett
 ·Paul McDonald ·Phil Stacey ·Quentin Alexander ·Rayvon Owen ·Ricky Braddy ·Sanjaya Malakar ·Shubha Vedula ·Skylar Laine ·Sophia Wackerman ·Tamyra Gray ·Tim Halperin ·Todrick Hall ·Tori Kelly ·Vonzell Solomon ·Wé Ani ·Zachariah Smith
Coronation Songs
 ·"A Moment Like This" ·"Flying Without Wings" ·"I Believe" ·"Inside Your Heaven" ·"Do I Make You Proud?"
 ·"This Is My Now" ·"The Time of My Life" ·"No Boundaries" ·"Beautiful Day" ·"I Love You This Big" ·"Home"
 ·"I Am Beautiful" ·"As Long as You Love Me" ·"Beautiful Life" ·"Falling" ·"Going, Going, Gone"
 ·"Flame" ·"Rise Up" ·"23" ·"One Day Tonight" ·"I'll Be Seeing You" ·"This Isn't Over"
R.†.P.
 ·Nikki McKibbin ·Rickey Smith ·Leah LaBelle ·Marque Lynche ·Mandisa ·Michael Johns ·Joanne Borgella ·C.J. Harris
 ·Alexis Cohen ·Austin Sisneros ·Jairon Jackson ·Mary Iaconelli ·Paula Goodspeed
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