Khalid (singer)

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Khalid in October 2017
Background information
Birth name Khalid Donnel Robinson
Born (1998-02-11) February 11, 1998 (age 20)
Fort Stewart, Georgia, U.S.
Origin El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Genres R&B
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2015–present

Khalid Donnel Robinson (born February 11, 1998), known mononymously as Khalid, is an American singer and songwriter. He is signed to Right Hand Music Group and RCA Records. His debut single, "Location", was released in July 2016 and peaked at number 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was later certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His debut studio album, American Teen, was released on March 3, 2017.

Early life[edit]

Khalid Robinson was born on February 11, 1998, in Fort Stewart, Georgia.[1]. He spent his childhood in various locations including Fort Campbell in Kentucky, Fort Drum in Watertown, New York, and six years in Heidelberg, Germany[2] because of his mother Linda Wolfe's career in the military. Wolfe worked as a supply technician and became a member of the Arab Attack chorus.[3] In high school Khalid studied singing and musical theater. During his junior year of high school, the family moved to El Paso, Texas.[4]


Khalid began writing and creating music in high school; he posted his early works to SoundCloud. In July 2016, he reached number 2 on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart. His single "Location" began charting, while Khalid was featured in many publications, including Billboard,[5] Yahoo,[6] Buzzfeed,[7] and Rolling Stone.[8] With production from Syk Sense, Tunji Ige, and Smash David, "Location" finished the year 2016 at No. 20 on the Billboard's Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart[5] and reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart on January 21, 2017.[9] The music video for "Location" premiered on The Fader's website.[10]

In January 2016, Alina Baraz's single "Electric", featuring Khalid, was released.[11] His collaboration with Brasstracks, called "Whirlwind," was part of the Yours Truly & Adidas Originals Songs from Scratch series, and received over 700,000 SoundCloud plays.[12] Khalid contributed uncredited vocals to Kendrick Lamar's song The Heart Part 4, released on March 24, 2017.[13][14] On April 28, 2017, Logic released the single "1-800-273-8255", which featured Khalid and Alessia Cara; the single peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Khalid's highest charting single.[15]

Khalid sold out every venue on his 21-city January–February 2017 "Location Tour", including the 1,500-capacity Tricky Falls in El Paso.[16] Following the completion of the tour, his debut studio album American Teen was released on March 3, 2017.[17] The album received critical acclaim and Grammy Award nominations for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best R&B Song (for "Location"), at the 2018 ceremony.[18] On October 24, 2017, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 1,000,000 in combined pure sales and album-equivalent units.[19]

In 2017, Khalid won a VMA Award for Best New Artist.[20] Khalid made his television debut performing "Location" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon March 15, 2017, backed by The Roots.[21] His song "Angels" was featured on the ABC drama series Grey's Anatomy in the episode entitled "Don't Stop Me Now", which aired April 27, 2017.[22] Khalid recorded a song with Normani of Fifth Harmony titled "Love Lies" for the soundtrack of Love, Simon, released on February 14, 2018.[23]

In 2018, Khalid's song "The Ways" with rapper Swae Lee was featured in the Marvel film Black Panther. As of February 23, 2018, the song peaked at number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100.[24]. He also collaborated with Lorde, SZA and Post Malone in Lorde's "Homemade Dynamite" remix.


Khalid has said his mother is his biggest musical inspiration,[4] and has also cited Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Father John Misty, Frank Ocean, Grizzly Bear, Chance the Rapper, Lorde, India.Arie, and James Blake as influences.[25][26]


Studio albums


  • The Location Tour (2017)
  • Melodrama World Tour (2017)
  • American Teen Tour (2017–2018)
  • Roxy Tour (2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2017 Woodie Awards Woodie To Watch Himself Won
BET Awards[27] Best New Artist Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song "Location" Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards[28] Best New Artist Himself Won
MTV Europe Music Awards Best New Artist Nominated
Best Push Artist
American Music Awards Favorite Soul/R&B Song "Location" Nominated
Soul Train Music Awards[29] Best New Artist Himself Nominated
Best R&B Soul Male Artist
Song of the Year "Location"
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award
2018 Grammy Awards[18] Best New Artist Himself Nominated
Best Urban Contemporary Album American Teen
Best R&B Song "Location"
Song of the Year "1-800-273-8255"
(Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid)
Best Music Video
iHeartRadio Music Awards[30] R&B Song of the Year "Location" Nominated
R&B Artist of the Year Himself
Best New R&B Artist Won
Best New Artist Nominated
Best Cover Song "Lost" by Frank Ocean
Best Remix "Homemade Dynamite"
(Lorde featuring Khalid, SZA and Post Malone)
R&B Album of the Year American Teen Won
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Breakout Artist Himself Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top New Artist Won
Top R&B Artist Nominated
Top R&B Male Artist Nominated
Top R&B Song Young, Dumb & Broke Nominated
Top R&B Album American Teen Nominated
BMI Pop Awards[31] Award Winning Songs "1-800-273-8255" Won
BET Awards[32] Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Himself Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Artist: R&B/Hip-Hop Himself Won
MTV Video Music Awards Push Artist of the Year Himself Pending
Video with a Message "1-800-273-8255" Pending


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  2. ^ Acosta, Dave. "Khalid finds his 'Location' in El Paso". El Paso Times. Retrieved September 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ Findlay, Mitch. "Who Is Khalid? Everything You Need To Know". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved September 29, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Scott Perry, "Saved" documentary, The Fader, February 2, 2017, retrieved February 7, 2017
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  10. ^ Myles Tanzer, "Khalid Finds A Digital Love In 'Location' Video", The Fader, September 26, 2016, retrieved February 7, 2017
  11. ^ "Alina Baraz and Khalid Link Up on Seductive New Track, 'Electric' / Ones To Watch". Ones To Watch. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  12. ^ Black, Adrienne. "Listen to Khalid and Brasstracks Team Up for "Whirlwind"". PigeonsandPlanes. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  13. ^ "Kendrick Lamar's "The Heart Part 4" Features An Uncredited Vocal From Khalid". The Fader. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Khalid Is Featured on Kendrick Lamar's New "The Heart Part 4"". XXL. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Khalid on '1-800-273-8255' Hitting Top 5: 'A Song Like This Was Necessary'". 
  16. ^ "El Paso's Khalid nominated for MTV VMA for Best New Artist". El Paso Times. Retrieved 2017-12-24. 
  17. ^ "American Teen by Khalid on Apple Music". iTunes. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "See The Full List Of 60th Grammy Nominees". Grammy Award. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Khalid's debut Album American Teen is certified Platinum". The Fader. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Khalid wins Best New Artist at the MTV VMAs". Retrieved 2017-12-24. 
  21. ^ Myers, Owen. "Watch Khalid's Charismatic Performance Of "Location" On Fallon". The FADER. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  22. ^ "Khalid". Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  23. ^ "Love, Simon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Various Artists on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved January 16, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 23, 2018. 
  25. ^ Kevito, "First Look Friday: Chucotown's Own Khalid Is The Future of Millennial R&B", Okayplayer, December 2016, retrieved February 7, 2017
  26. ^ Eddie Cepeda, "IRL Paso: Texas Singer Khalid Is Making Music to Connect To", Noisey, January 17, 2017, retrieved February 7, 2017
  27. ^ "Beyoncé tops 2017 BET Awards nominations". Los Angeles Times. May 15, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  28. ^ "VMAs: Kendrick Lamar Tops Nominations as MTV Continues to Eliminate Gendered Categories". The Hollywood Reporter. July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Solange, Bruno Mars Lead 2017 Soul Train Awards Nominations". Billboard. October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2017. 
  30. ^ Atkinson, Katie (March 11, 2018). "iHeartRadio Music Award Winners 2018: Complete List". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2018. 
  31. ^ "Mark Ronson Receives the BMI Champion Award at the 66th BMI Pop Awards". BMI. May 8, 2018. Retrieved May 9, 2018. 
  32. ^ "DJ Khaled Leads 2018 BET Awards Nominations: See the Full List". Billboard. May 16, 2018. Retrieved May 16, 2018. 

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