Time Magazine has named R&B singer Khalid as one of its 100 most influential people in the world.
The list for 2019 was released Wednesday morning.
The El Paso singer gained widespread acclaim for his debut album American Teen, released in March of 2017. The Recording Industry Association of America has certified the album as "platinum" for sales in excess of a million copies.
American Teen - supported by the hit singles Location, Young, Dumb and Broke, and Saved - was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category.
In 2019, Khalid released his sophmore album, Free Spirit. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 albums chart.
Khalid has repeatedly returned to El Paso to surprise local students with gifts and concerts. The singer, who moved to El Paso with his military family during his junior year in high school, has embraced El Paso and its culture, repeatedly saying it was a big influence on his music.
"Khalid is totally unique. He’s a beautiful writer with the ability to take human concepts and make you understand and feel them," Keys wrote in her Time profile of the singer, "He’s accessible, almost like you’ve met somebody like him before, although there’s nobody else like him. He has his own style, and I think we’re all hungry for individuality right now."