Ricky Hawk, better known as Silentó is an American rapper and producer who reached worldwide fame with his chart-topping hit Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae). Born in 1998, he released the hit song on YouTube in 2015 and it quickly became one of the hottest songs of 2016.
The track went 5 times platinum in the USA, two times platinum in Australia and platinum in Canada as well as selling extremely well in many countries around the world. Since it’s release the track has gained over one billion views on YouTube and inspired thousands of fan-made dance videos, establishing itself as a classic song for the current generation.
‘Watch Me’ was nominated for the Teen Choice Awards Best Rap/Hip-Hop Track, MTV Video Music Awards Song of the Summer and won the Soul Train Music Award for Best Dance Performance in 2015. Silentó has also been nominated for BET Awards, Young Star Award and the Billboard Music Awards, Top New Artist.
At just 18 years old, the success of his first single catapulted the teenager onto the world scene and he has been in constant demand to perform around the globe. Signed to Capitol Records, he continues to record music and released ‘Get Em’ in 2016, as well as featuring on a number of songs, most notably ‘Dessert’ alongside Dawin, which was released in 2015 and reached Platinum status in Australia.