Guy Sebastian Biography

Guy Theodore Sebastian is an Malaysian-born Australian singer-songwriter. He was the first winner of Australian Idol in 2003, and is a judge on Australia's The X Factor. He will be the Australian representative at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Sebastian has released eight top ten albums including two number ones. The first seven all gained either platinum or multi-platinum certification. He has also achieved 12 top ten singles, including six number ones. Sebastian is the only Australian male artist in Australian chart history to achieve six number one singles, and places third overall for all Australian acts. Eight of his singles have been certified multi-platinum, including the 9× platinum "Battle Scars". His debut single "Angels Brought Me Here" was the highest selling song in Australia last decade. With 51 platinum and six gold certifications and combined album and single sales of over 3.7 million in Australia, he has the highest certifications and sales of any Australian Idol contestant.

Sebastian has also reached the top ten in New Zealand with an album and six singles, including two number ones, and gained six platinum and three gold certifications there. "Battle Scars", a collaboration with American rapper Lupe Fiasco, spent 20 weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 71 and achieved platinum certification. "Battle Scars" also reached number two in Norway.Sebastian has worked with other notable American musicians including Brian McKnight, Robin Thicke, Steve Cropper, John Mayer, Jordin Sparks and Eve.

During his career Sebastian has received 24 ARIA Award nominations,winning four including Best Pop Release and Best Live Act. Other awards include the APRA Urban Work of the Year, the [V] Oz Artist of the Year, Urban Music Awards for Best Male Artist and Best R&B Album, and an International Songwriting Competition award for "Battle Scars". Sebastian has sung at many notable events, including performing for Pope Benedict XVI, Oprah Winfrey and Queen Elizabeth II. He has a strong commitment to charity, and is currently an ambassador for World Vision Australia and the Australian Red Cross.

In October 2013 Sebastian released "Like a Drum", the lead single from his eighth studio album. Debuting at number four, it became his 12th top ten single in Australia, and his tenth to reach the top five. It has been certified triple platinum in Australia. Sebastian opened for Taylor Swift on the Australian leg of her Red Tour. "Like a Drum" was released in the United States, Canada, and Europe in January 2014 through The Cherry Party and RCA Records. The song reached number 20 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart and 49 in Sweden. The second single, "Come Home With Me", reached number 13 on the Aria Singles Chart. The third single, "Mama Ain't Proud" featuring 2 Chainz, peaked at number 17. Both these singles reached gold certification. Sebastian received two 2014 ARIA nominations, Best Male Artist for "Come Home With Me" and Song of the Year for "Like a Drum". Sebastian's eighth album, Madness, was released on 21 November 2014 and debuted at number six and has been certified gold. The fourth single, "Linger", has reached number 17 and gold certification. Sebastian held an arena tour in Australia in February 2015 to support the album release. "Like a Drum" received 2015 APRA nominations for Pop Work of the Year and Most Played Australian Work. On 5 March 2015, Sebastian was announced as the Australian entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, making him the first artist to represent Australia in the competition. He will perform the song "Tonight Again". Sebastian is returning to the judging panel of Australia's The X Factor this year.
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