His debut album is "Get Lifted" in 2004. With this album he won 3 three Grammy Awards for the best R&B album, best R&B male vocal performance and new best artist. In 2015, he and rapper Common won the Acedemy Award for Best Original Song after they worked together in the film "Selma"
He granduated of North High School and wa accept in to several ivy league school.
He won total nine Grammy Awards.