Damon Albarn (pronounced /?de?m?n ???lb??n/; born 23 March 1968 in Whitechapel, London), is a Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter and record producer. He has been involved in many high profile projects and collaborations throughout his career. Albarn came to prominence as the frontman and primary songwriter of Britpop rock band Blur, but is perhaps best known internationally for his work with popular virtual band Gorillaz, within which he serves as the principal songwriter and, under the alias "2D", lead vocalist. Subsequent projects have included The Good, the Bad & the Queen, Monkey: Journey to the West and Mali Music.