Singer–songwriter + Record Producer + Rapper + Actor
Born Oct 18, 1982

Shaffer Chimere Smith, better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American Grammy Award winning R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor. Beginning his career as a songwriter, Ne-Yo penned the hit "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario. The single's successful release in the United States prompted an informal meeting between Ne-Yo and Def Jam's label head, and the signing of a recording contract.… Read More

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1982 Birth Born on October 18, 1982.


2000 17 Years Old 1 More Event
The group disbanded in 2000, and Smith continued to write songs for other artists before starting his solo career. … Read More


2003 - 2006 4 More Events
2007 24 Years Old 1 More Event
His second album, Because of You, was released on May 1, 2007, and, fueled by its lead single, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 251,000 copies in the United States; the feat gave Ne-Yo his second number-one album. … Read More
2008 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Ne-Yo's third album, Year of the Gentleman, was released internationally on August 5, 2008. … Read More
2009 26 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The album was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album and Album of the Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards, "Closer" for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and "Miss Independent" for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. … Read More
In January 2010, Ne-Yo was featured in a duet with singer Mariah Carey titled Angels Cry.
On February 25, 2011, while on his tour in the United Kingdom, he announced his new album would be called Love and Passion and would be released in September, but this was proven false as the title was tentative. … Read More
In January 2012, it was reported that Ne-Yo, along with his label imprint Compound Entertainment, had moved from Def Jam Recordings to Motown Records. … Read More


2013 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2013, Ne-Yo collaborated with Akon on David Guetta's single from his 2012 album Nothing But The Beat 2., "Play Hard." … Read More
On May 29, 2014, Ne-Yo announced his upcoming sixth studio album would be called Non-Fiction. … Read More
2015 32 Years Old A few months later, Ne-Yo announced that the new release date for Non-Fiction was January 27, 2015. … Read More
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