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Cheb Khaled performing in Oran in July 2011
Khaled performing in Oran in July 2011
Background information
Birth name Khaled Hadj Ibrahim
(In Arabic خالد حاج إبراهيم)
Also known as King of Raï
Cheb Khaled
The Ambassador of Arab music
Born 29 February 1960 (1960-02-29) (age 61)
Oran, Algeria
  • Musician
  • singer
Years active 1974–present
Labels Universal Music

Khaled Hadj Ibrahim (Arabic: خالد حاج إبراهيم , born 29 February 1960), better known by his mononym Khaled (Arabic: خالد ), is an Algerian musician, singer and songwriter born in Oran. He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled (الشاب خالد, Arabic for "Young" Khaled, as opposed to the traditionalist Sheikh elders). He was crowned "King of Raï" in the first Raï festival in Oran and has since become the world's best-known Arab singers.

Khaled helped transform the rai music in his native Algeria, and then went on to make it a part of the global music scene. And with 10 diamond, platinum, and gold albums, as well as the highest-selling Arab album in history (123 Soleils), he's the star all other rai singers aspire to be. His most famous songs are "Didi", "El Arbi", "Abdel Kader (song)", "La Poupée qui fait non", "Wahran Wahran", "Bakhta", "Aïcha" and "C'est la vie" as well as "Alech Taadi", which was prominently featured in the 1997 film The Fifth Element.

Khaled was named top 50 Voices in the World by NPR.

To date, Khaled has sold over 80.5 million albums (10 diamond, platinum, and gold) worldwide.This turned him into one of the bestselling Arabic singing artists in history.

Khaled is considered one of the most-selling Arab singers of all time.

Khaled performed ‘Didi’ at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

On 16 October 2003, Khaled was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


Khaled Césars
Khaled at the Caesar ceremony 1994.

Below is a chronological list of awards won by Khaled

  • 1985 The first prize of rai music (KING) Oran
  • 1989 best song (chebba) in France
  • 1989 top 100 best album in 20th century (kutché)
  • 1992 top 50 Mtv AMERICA (didi)
  • 1992 World Music Awards (didi)
  • 1992 Mtv India Awards (didi)
  • 1993 Venice Film Festival 50th – (Un, deux, trois, soleil)
  • 1994 César Award – best movie soundtrack
  • 1995 Victoires de la Musique (Artist of the Year)
  • 1997 World Music Awards (Song of the year) (Sahra album)
  • 1997 Victoires de la Musique (Song of the year) ("Aicha")
  • 1997 African Grammys best North African singerKora Awards ("Aïcha")
  • 1998 le Prix européen MTV Europe Music Awards
  • 1999 World Music Awards (1,2,3 Soleils) shared with Rachid Taha and Faudel
  • 2004 Grammy jam Awards (Khaled and Carlos Santana) ("Love to the people")
  • 2005 R3 Awards BBC Awards for World Music – (Mid East & North Africa Winner)
  • 2005 Montreal International Jazz Festival (The Antonio Carlos-Jobim Award)
  • 2005 ImagineNations and DC Internationals (Empowering Award, for spreading the message of peace)
  • 2006 The Mediterranean Prize for Creativity
  • 2008 Award Dutch Virsti - German Academy of Music
  • 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards creativity
  • 2009 NME Awards 2009 (meilleur duo) avec Magic System
  • 2009 MGM Awards (highest-selling Arab album in history) (The legendary) (Las Vegas)
  • 2010 Big Apple Music Awards (best Arab artist selling in United States)
  • 2010 top 50 Voices in the World by NPR.
  • 2009 European Hot 100 Singles 2009 (Billboard Awards) (with Magic System)
  • 2012 France Digital Songs (Billboard Awards) ("C'est La Vie")
  • 2012 African Grammys best North African singer ("C'est La Vie") Kora Awards
  • 2013 Victoires de la Musique ("C'est La Vie")
  • 2013 World Music Awards ("C'est La Vie")
  • 2013 Murex D'Or 2013 – Best International Song & Best International Singer – Cheb Khaled – ("C'est La Vie")
  • 2013 Rabab d’or prix d'honneur – Maroc Festival International Al Ansra de M’diq ("C'est La Vie")
  • 2013 Festival international de la musique kabyle à Tanger festival Touiza MAROC 2013 ("C'est La Vie")
  • 2016 XLII Universal Music Award - Vienna 2016 - for "C'est La Vie" as Best Song
  • 2019 Gq Middle East - Legend Award
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