Happy Birthday, Khalid!

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Twenty-four years ago, Khalid Donnel Robinson was born in Fort Stewart, Georgia, and today he is one of the biggest stars on the planet.

Although Khalid was not born in El Paso, he considers the Sun City as his hometown after attending Americas High School, where his music began to gain attention.

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After releasing his debut album, American Teen (2017), Khalid has received several accolades, including six Grammy Awards nominations, six Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

Throughout his musical career, Khalid has continued to rep the 915 and constantly shows his love to the city that helped launch his career.

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In the five short years since his debut, Khalid has become a mega-star whose fame is not only well deserved, but some would say, even predestined.

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Khalid spent his birthday somewhere snowy and even shared a happy dance with his fans on social media. You can wish Khalid a Happy Birthday via his Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts.

A brief timeline of Khalid's rapid ascension to global superstar:

February 11, 1998

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  • Khalid is born in Fort Stewart, GA

1998 - 2015

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  • Khalid and his family bounced around Kentucky, New York, and Germany until his mother was transferred to Fort Bliss in El Paso

2015

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  • During his junior year of high school, Khalid's family moves to El Paso, Texas and attends Americas High School and begins to write his debut album, American Teen

2016

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  • Khalid graduates from America's High School, and his single Location begins to chart

2017

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  • Khalid performs at Neon Desert Music Festival in El Paso, TX.
  • Khalid starts collaborating with Alessia Cara, Logic, and Kendrick Lamar and sells out every show during his Location Tour, including Tricky Falls in El Paso
  • The first annual Christmas with Khalid initiative is initiated handing gifts to hundreds of children in elementary schools across El Paso, TX
  • The album American Teen is certified platinum, selling over 1,000,000 in combined pure sales and album-equivalent units by the Recording Industry Association of America
  • Khalid makes his television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and performs Location

2018

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  • Khalid receives the key to the City in El Paso
  • Khalid collaborates with Swae Lee, Lorde, SZA, Post Malone, Normani, Shawn Mendes, Halsey, Benny Blanco, Billie Eilish, Juice WRLD, and Kane Brown.
  • Khalid releases his EP Suncity.
  • Khalid announces 915 Hometown Show in El Paso and sells out in under 10-minutes. A second show is added, which also sells out

2019

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  • The single Talk is released
  • Khalid made his debut on Saturday Night Live on March 9, 2019
  • His second studio album, Free Spirit, is released
  • On May 10, Khalid launched The Great Khalid Foundation in El Paso, a music and fine arts organization that helps underserved communities via music education programs and scholarship awards while fostering an atmosphere of encouragement and support
  • Khalid makes history by becoming the first and only artist to occupy the entire top 5 of the Billboard R&B Songs chart
  • The Free Spirit World Tour kicks off in North America, Europe, and Oceania.
  • Khalid becomes the biggest global artist on Spotify, hitting 50.4 million monthly listeners on the streaming platform
  • Khalid sells out A Night for Sun City, a benefit concert in El Paso for the families and the victims of the August 3rd shootings at Walmart

2020

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  • Khalid kicks off the second leg of his Free Spirit World Tour in March
  • Khalid performs at the Firefly Festival and the Houston Rodeo

2021

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  • Khalid drops his mixtape Scenic Drive
  • Khalid shows his love for El Paso, repping the 915 Area Code in his video New Normal
  • In July, he premiered his single "New Normal" during Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Unity 22 spaceflight at Spaceport America, New Mexico
  • Khalid makes history again with 20 billion streams on Spotify
  • In October, Khalid hosted his Inaugural Sun City Gala for his foundation in El Paso at the Plaza Hotel

2022

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  • Khalid plans to release his third studio album; Everything Is Changing.
  • Plans to open the European leg of his tour in May.

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