BLACK EYED PEAS EXPERIENCE:
Members: will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo, and Fergie
Genre: Hip-hop, R&B, Dance-Pop,
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Awards: 6 Grammys
Albums: Behind the Front (1998), Bridging the Gap (2000), Elephunk (2003), Monkey Business (2005), The E.N.D. (2009)
Hits: "Where Is The Love?", "Hey Mama", "Let's Get It Started In Here", "Boom Boom Pow", "I Gotta Feeling"
As popular music continues to reinvent itself, when it comes to novelty and innovation, the Black Eyed Peas are ahead of the curve. The Los Angeles-based quartet takes the stage for their concerts much like characters in a play. Sporting zany costumes and taking lengths to amuse the crowd in between loud and aggressive versions of their tunes, the Black Eyed Peas have become one of the most dynamic group of entertainers performing today.
Outfitting themselves with a unique look, the members of the Black Eyed Peas take on a variety of stage personas - all brimming with energy - when they perform. will.i.am, one of the groups' co-founders, can be seen parading around stage spouting lyrics while sporting signature clothing from his own design label.
Fellow member apl.de.ap brings his Filipino heritage to the eclectic group and Taboo has become known for his kung-fu inspired dance moves that he acts out in performances.
But perhaps the most well-known member of the Black Eyed Peas is Stacy Ann Ferguson, better known to fans as Fergie. The singer joined the band in 2003, and is largely credited with helping the Peas go mainstream. With her significant stage presence and cartoonish personality, Fergie is the Black Eyed Pea most likely to be in the spotlight.
The pop-slash-hip-hop group first formed in California in 1995, but starting receiving national attention in 2003, when their third album, Elephunk, raced up the charts. Riding on the popularity of their first worldwide hit, "Where Is the Love," the group has sold about 35 million albums internationally and about 41 million singles.
Since reaching the limelight, the band hasn't looked back. Their song "Shut Up" reached number two on the charts in the UK and went gold or platinum in the U.S. and several countries across Europe.
In 2009, the Black Eyed Peas became one of only 11 artists ever to have the number one and number two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 with their songs "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling," both off the album The E.N.D.
The group has won a total of six Grammy Awards, including prizes for the best pop and rap performance and a distinction for the best pop vocal album of 2010.
In September 2009, the Black Eyed Peas began The E.N.D. World Tour, bringing them to stages and spotlights in countries including Japan, Australia, France Germany and the United States.