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Estelle at the MTV Day 2008
Background information
Birth name Estelle Fanta Swaray
Born 18 January 1980 (1980-01-18) (age 30)
Origin Hammersmith, West London, England
Genres R&B, alternative hip hop, soul, reggae, dance-pop
Occupations Singer, rapper, songwriter, producer
Years active 2002-present
Labels Stellarents, V2 Records, Home School, Black Jays, Atlantic, Ill Flava Records
Associated acts Sean Paul, Kanye West, John Legend, Will.I.Am, Karl Hinds

Estelle Fanta Swaray (born 18 January 1980[1][2]) commonly known as Estelle, and formerly as Est'elle, is an English R&B singer-songwriter, rapper and producer. She won a grammy for American Boy featuring Kanye West in the category best rap/sung collaboration. She also has received the MOBO for 'Best Newcomer'[3] and received three consecutive 'Best Female Artist' trophies from the UK Hip-Hop Awards.




2004-2007: The 18th Day

In 2004 she broke into the charts with "1980" and "Free" and won a MOBO Award for Best Newcomer. Both of the videos were directed by Andy Hylton [4] and received much airplay on music channels. "Free" was written by Estelle and produced by Jimmy Hogarth. Her first album,The 18th Day charted at number 35 in the UK Albums Chart.[5] Estelle teamed up with short lived pop band 3SL for their single Touch Me Tease Me.

2008-2009: Shine and breakthrough

In 2008, Estelle rose to fame with her collaboration with rapper Kanye West, titled "American Boy". This song reached the top 10 in many countries worldwide, including the United States and Canada, as well as achieving number-one status on the UK Singles Chart[5][6] and in Belgium[7] and Israel. The song won many awards worldwide, including Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. It was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 51st Grammy Awards. "American Boy" was Number 7 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.[8] Shine was released following the single on John Legend's HomeSchool label, reaching the albums chart in most countries worldwide, including number 6 in the UK.[5] Shine sold enough copies to be certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry, and was shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Mercury Music Prize. Estelle has also released a new single with American rapper Busta Rhymes called "World Go Round", from his "Back on My B.S.", which was released on 19 May 2009.

2009-present: All of Me

In 2009, Estelle started working on her upcoming third studio album, All of Me. On 21 August it was confirmed that Estelle was working with David Guetta on the upcoming album.[9] Estelle recently made a cameo appearance in the video for new star Mr Hudson for his single "Supernova".

Estelle made an appearance on the 11 August 2009 episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. She performed the song "Good Girls Go Bad" with Cobra Starship in Leighton Meester's absence. Estelle also appears on the song "Rollacoasta", co-written by her and American singer-songwriter Robin Thicke, with whom the song appears on his album, "Sex Therapy".

Estelle confirmed the third album will be titled All of Me and will feature the the hippity hoppity ness of watermeloni lead single "Freak" featuring Kardinal Offishall. The video[10] will premiere on her website on February 26, 2010.

Other songs

Estelle's song "Star" was used for Crystal Light commercials.

She also, in 2010, modeled at Naomi Campbell's Fashion For Relief runway show for The White Ribbon Alliance to raise funds for mothers in Haiti.estelle recentely decided that her favorite name was in fact Tiana.


Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Award Nominated Work Result
2008 BET Awards Best New Artist Herself Nominated
BET J Virtual Awards Female Artist of the Year Nominated
Soul Approved - Best New Artist Won
Song of the Year "American Boy" Nominated
Mercury Music Prize Shine Shortlisted
MOBO Awards Best UK Female Herself Won[3]
Best Song "American Boy" Won[3]
Best Video Nominated
Best Album Shine Nominated
Best R&B Act Herself Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best UK Video "American Boy" Nominated
UMA Awards Best Album Shine Nominated
Best Collaboration Herself Won
Best Crossover Chart Act "American Boy" Nominated
Best R&B Act Herself Nominated
World Music Awards World's Best New Artist Nominated
Best New R&B Act Won
Vodafone Live Music Awards Best Female Nominated
The 02 Silver Clef Awards Download of the Year "American Boy" Won
2009 BRIT Awards British Female Solo Herself Nominated
British Single "American Boy" Nominated
Grammy Awards Song of the Year Nominated
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Won
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical; "American Boy" Nominated


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