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Why will.i.am Is Sending Four Kids to College | Will I Am

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Why will.i.am Is Sending Four Kids to College

Originally posted 03/09/2010 08:00AM

For millions of Black Eyed Peas fans, songs such as "I Got A Feeling" and "Boom Boom Pow" make them want to dance.

For college student Elijah Williams, the songs make him want to … study.

"I think I should go do homework or something," says the Wilmington University freshman, one of four friends whose entire college education is being bankrolled by the band's frontman, will.i.am, through his i.am scholarship fund. (The scholarship also covers room, board, and books.)

The Grammy winner, 34, who grew up in a Los Angeles housing project and didn't attend college himself, came up with the idea for the scholarship fund two years ago after earning a hefty paycheck to deejay a party.

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Will.i.am Recalls His First-Ever Grammys Appearance | Will I Am

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Will.i.am Recalls His First-Ever Grammys Appearance

Originally posted 12/07/2009 07:00AM

With his group the Black Eye Peas nominated for an impressive six Grammys, including the top prizes of album and record of the year, will.i.am has plenty of reasons to look forward to next month's awards show – something that wasn't necessarily the case during his first Grammy experience.

"I remember that I was nervous," the musician, 34, told PEOPLE about his 2005 appearance. Recalling his Grammy debut while at an event announcing the first-ever Data Awards for electronic music, he said, "I was real nervous. We performed "Where Is the Love." I remember I got up on the mic and said, 'Everybody go out and vote.' "

While the Peas didn't perform on last year's telecast, will.i.am attended – as a contender. "I was nominated for producer of the year award," he said. "I lost to Rick Rubin again, [who] is good to lose to."

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Barack Obama to Honor His Musical Hero, Stevie Wonder

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Barack Obama to Honor His Musical Hero, Stevie Wonder

Originally posted 02/24/2009 10:15AM

During Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Stevie Wonder honored him in song at rallies and fundraisers. Now the President is returning the favor to the artist he's called his musical hero.

On Wednesday, Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will present Wonder, 58, with the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The salute, to be held in the White House's East Room and broadcast Thursday night on PBS, will feature artists including Martina McBride (who will sing Wonder's hit "You and I"), Will.I.Am, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon and India.Arie.

Obama last year told Rolling Stone that he really got into music during Wonder's heyday in the early '70s, when Wonder released albums like Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. "So that was a guy I loved," Obama said.

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