Billy Ocean is a Trinidadian–British recording artist, best known for his R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s and also saw transatlantic success including three US number 1 hits. His 1985 hit When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going reached number 1 in the UK and number 2 in the US. In the same year he won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his worldwide hit Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run). Other notable hit singles include Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car and There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry).
He has been awarded an honorary doctorate of music by the University of Westminster and in 2010 was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards. He is a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, presented to him by Sir Paul McCartney and is a member of the Rastafari movement.