When you're an aspiring singer, you look at events like the Grammys, the BRIT Awards or the Tony's, and hope you'll be among those mega-stars one day. You hope that eventually you'll have tens of thousands of people screaming your name before you step onto the stage and that they sing along to every word.

It's certainly not the easiest career to achieve and requires a shit load of hard work and the right type of people in your corner.

When American singer Khalid was just 15-years-old, he tweeted about his aspirations to go to the biggest night in the music industry. Now, three years later, he's been nominated for not one, not two, but five awards.

The news of his Grammy nominations has seen artists across the globe congratulate him, including Sam Smith, Ellen DeGeneres, Lorde, Ty Dolla $ign and many others.

The now 19-year-old has rocketed up the charts since the debut of his album American Dream. It reached number one on the US R&B charts and number two in Denmark. He's also had several singles which have been blasted on radio stations across the planet, including 'Location', 'Saved' and the one that you might be hearing a lot of now, 'Young, Dumb & Broke'.

That latest single off the album, which was released in March this year, was heavily praised by the Guardian's Graeme Virtue.

He wrote: "Young, sure: at 19, Khalid Robinson is a goddamn millennial falcon. But the former army brat with the wistful R&B croon certainly isn't dumb, and if he keeps putting out songs as good as this hummable humdinger, won't ever be broke, either."

The teen grew up in different parts of the US due to his mum's military career, however Linda Wolfe was a big singer herself and would perform in the US Army Band. She told KFOXTV: "I instilled in him at an early age to be confident in your gift. So that's what he is and what he's portraying now.

"It's in our DNA I always wanted my children to be in some form of arts. I think it's important for expression, self-expression and I noticed that Khalid loved that. He loved to sing, loved to act and he's talented in that."

He went on to study singing and musical theatre at high school but worked hard to get his music heard on the airwaves once he turned 18. As his popularity rose, he began working with some big stars including Calvin Harris, Marshmello, Future, Logic and Lorde.

Sources: KFOXTV, Guardian

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