Benjamin Quddus Philippe

  • Birthday: 10. July 1980
  • Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario

Biography

Benjamin Quddus Philippe (born July 10, 1980 in TorontoOntario), known professionally as Quddus, is a Canadian television personality and actor, best known as the host of MTV's Total Request Live and ABC's singing competition show Duets.

Quddus was born in Toronto to a Haitian father and Dutch mother. His distinct look propelled his modeling career at an early age.

Quddus' professional career in broadcasting began in 2000 as a host and co-writer of VOX, a groundbreaking youth culture show on TVOntario which went on to win a Gemini Award.

From 2001 to 2006, Quddus hosted Total Request Live, at the time MTV's biggest show. Quddus conducted daily interviews with stars such as Will Smith, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Jake Gyllenhaal, Alicia Keys, Ben Affleck and Denzel Washington, and his work on Total Request Live led to both Usher and Britney Spears requesting him to host their Showtime concert specials.

Quddus won a 2003 Favorite TV Personality nomination at the Teen Choice Awards. In 2005, TV Guide named him one of TV's Hottest New Stars, USA Today featured him as a "young hunk worth watching," and Teen People named him one of the "50 Sexiest Men Ever." In 2008, the New York Times called him "the Ryan Seacrest of the Hip-Hop generation," while The Associated Press declared him "the coolest guy on television."

Since leaving MTV, Quddus has hosted TV One Access and Nickelodeon's Dance on Sunset. He was also a correspondent for Access Hollywood and has appeared on CSI: Miami, the CW's Half & HalfGirlfriends, as well as the indie film Life is Hot in Cracktown.

Quddus served as an A&R consultant for MySpace Records, where he discovered and signed R&B singer Mateo. He has directed music videos for Mateo and Erin Christine. He also hosted The MySpace Music Feed, AOL and the Jonas Brothers' joint venture, Cambio Connect, and created his own website and video series

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