ANDRÉ 3000 BENJAMIN
André Benjamin -- best known as André 3000 -- is one of the most revered, celebrated artists of the last three decades, an auteur whose work in music, film, fine arts, fashion, and more continues to influence the cultural landscape on a global scale. His work as one half of the iconic hip-hop duo Outkast established a brand new voice/style within rap that had never been experienced before, both sonically and visually, when the pair emerged in the early 90’s, in addition to demolishing sales records worldwide by the early aughts. Outkast’s imprint on pop culture has made them one of the defining acts of our time, immeasurably impacting on sound, fashion, and achievement.
After conquering music, André set his eyes on other mediums within which to create, becoming a highly sought-after actor in acclaimed films such as JIMI: All Is By My Side, High Life, Four Brothers, and more, in addition to television shows like The Shield and Dispatches From Elsewhere. From 2006 until 2008, he created, executive produced, and voiced a character on the Cartoon Network show Class of 3000. He created a personally-inspired clothing line, Benjamin Bixby, and has been a creative spokesman for brands like Gillette, Tretorn, and more. In recent years, he has contributed verses to songs by revered artists such as Beyoncé, Drake, Frank Ocean, John Legend, Jay-Z, and more. André Benjamin has established a legacy that will never be duplicated in music and culture, continuing to break molds and redefine what is possible in art and entertainment.
To date, Benjamin has won:
Four American Music Awards; six BET awards; one BET Hip Hop Award; five Billboard Music Awards; seven Grammy Awards (six for his work with Outkast and one for his contribution to a song with Anderson .Paak); two Kids Choice Awards; three MTV Europe Awards; five MTV Video Music Awards; one Japanese MTV Video Music Award; one MuchMusic Award; two NAACP Awards; three Soul Train Music Awards; one Source Award; and three World Music Awards.
In 2006, Benjamin co-produced and co-starred in the film Idlewild, in addition to performing and producing its soundtrack.
In 2007, Class of 3000, won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation.
In 2009, Benjamin was nominated for a CFDA Award for “Best New Menswear Designers” for his Benjamin Bixby clothing line.
In 2013, Complex included Benjamin on its list of the 10 Best Rappers of the 2000s. He was also nominated for Best Male Lead at that year’s Independent Spirit Awards for his portrayal of Jimi Hendrix in JIMI: All Is By My Side.
In 2015, Billboard included Benjamin on its list of the 10 Greatest Rappers of All Time.
In 2017, acclaimed site HipHopDX called Benjamin “the greatest rapper of all time.”
In 2019, Outkast was nominated for the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
Benjamin’s song “Hey Ya!” was called one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone.