Acclaimed British singer and rapper most famous for albums like 2008's Shine, which was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize. She shot to fame after her single "American Boy" hit number one on the U.K. Singles Chart. Later in her career, she became a series regular on the animated program Steven Universe.
She was raised in West London and grew up listening to gospel, as secular music was not allowed in her parents' house.
She won MOBO Awards for Best UK Female and Best Song in 2008.
She was the second of eight children born to a Senegalese mother and Grenadian father.
She shared a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Kanye West for the song "American Boy" in 2009.