Singer Stevie Wonder, actor Robert Pattinson and rapper Pusha T are celebrating their birthdays today.
Stevie Wonder, 64
Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer and instrumentalist Stevie Wonder turns 64 today. Wonder started as a child prodigy, and grew into one of the most talented and influential musicians of all time. Wonder has been blind since shortly after his birth, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a talented musician, signing with Mowtown’s Tamla label at 11 years old.
Wonder’s most successful singles to date include “Superstition”, “Sir Duke”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” He has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits, received twenty-two Grammy Awards, and has sold over 100 million albums and singles. Wonder is also known for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a holiday in the United States.
In 2008, Billboard magazine named Wonder No. 5 on the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the US singles chart’s 50th anniversary. In 2009, Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
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Robert Pattinson, 28
Actor, model, musician and producer Robert Pattinson turns 28 today. Pattinson started his film career by playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He later gained commercial success after he landed the leading role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight series, the film adaptations of the novels by Stephenie Meyer. His role made him among the highest paid actors in Hollywood. In 2010, Pattinson was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World, and Forbes ranked him as one of the most powerful celebrities in the world in the Forbes Celebrity 100.
In 2009, Pattinson portrayed Salvador Dalí in Little Ashes. He also appeared in the films Remember Me, Water for Elephants and Cosmopolis. Pattinson will appear in The Rover, Maps to the Stars, Queen of the Desert and Life.
Pattinson is also a musician and has recorded songs for his films including the Twilight film series and How to Be.
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Pusha T, 36
Hip-Hop artist Pusha T turns 36 today. Born, Terrence Thornton, Pusha T started his career as one half of hip hop duo Clipse, alongside his brother Gene “No Malice” Thornton. The two created Re-Up Records. In September 2010, Thornton signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music label. He released his solo mixtape, Fear of God in March 2011.
Pusha T released his debut EP, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray, which featured the songs “Trouble On My Mind” featuring Tyler, The Creator and “Amen.” Pusha T appeared on the second season of HBO’s How To Make It in America.
He released his debut album, My Name Is My Name, in October 2013, and featured production from The Neptunes, Ryan Leslie, Bangladesh and Alex da Kid. The album featured appearances from Rick Ross, Kelly Rowland, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Future, Pharrell and others.
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