Estelle Fanta Swaray, known professionally as Estelle, is an English singer/songwriter/producer. In 2009, she won a Grammy award for her single “American Boy”, featuring Kanye West in the category of Best Rap/Sung Collaboration as well as receiving an MOBO for Best Newcomer and received three consecutive Best Female Artist trophies from the UK Hip Hop Awards. Estelle was born on January 18, 1980, in Hammersmith, London to a Senegalese mother and a father from Grenada. She grew up one of eight children along with a host of extended family and cousins. She rose to prominence with her debut album “The 18th Day”. In 2004, she entered the charts with “1980” and “Free” and was honored with a MOBO Award for Best Newcomer. Estelle teamed up the short lived 3SL on the single “Touch Me, Tease Me”.