John Mellencamp is an American singer-songwriter, musician, painter, and actor. He is known for his unique blend of heartland rock, folk, and country music. He has released a total of 23 studio albums, including his 1982 breakthrough album, American Fool, which spawned the hit singles "Jack & Diane" and "Hurts So Good". His other popular albums include Scarecrow (1985), The Lonesome Jubilee (1987), and Human Wheels (1993). He has also released several live albums, compilations, and collaborations with other artists. Mellencamp has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and has won one. He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has also been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has had 22 Top 40 hits in the US. He has also been a vocal advocate for farmers' rights and environmental causes. John Mellencamp is an iconic figure in American music and continues to be a major influence on the music industry. His music is timeless and his lyrics are often thought-provoking and inspiring. He is a true American original and his music will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.