Born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., he gained widespread popularity with "Nothin' on You" and "Airplanes," which became a #1 hit on the U.K. Billboards.
He played the trumpet at Georgia High School, and met his mentor, B. Rich, when he was 14.
He was nominated for five Grammy Awards in 2011, including Record of the Year and Best Rap Album.
He has an older brother that helped spur his interest in music, and his parents bought him his first keyboard to use as a therapeutic outlet.
He collaborated with Bruno Mars on the song "Nothin' on You."