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Singer–songwriter, record producer, rapper, actor
Ne-Yo Ne-Yo
Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American 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 signing a recording contract.
Biography
Ne-Yo's personal information overview.
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Ne-Yo: Why I Named My Son Mason
Celebrity Babies - People - almost 5 years
AJM/Empics/Abaca Not all celebrities follow the trend of picking wild-out-of-the-box names for their little ones. Take Ne-Yo, who thoughtfully selected “a very strong, very stout name,” for his second child, son Mason Evan. “We needed him to have a name that felt like a gentleman, like somebody you have to respect, ” the singer tells PEOPLE Wednesday at New York’s Liberty Theater, where he launched Malibu Red at a private concert. “Mason Evan Smith, you have to respect that name.” And while, he’s a bit picky when selecting his kid’s names, don’t expect the musician to be a stage dad. “I’m not going to be that dude that predestines my children’s future,” he says. “I’m just going to do my best so that my daughter doesn’t end up on a pole and my son doesn’t end up on the corner. And whatever they do outside of that is pretty much their decision.” Admittedly, it’s difficult to work full-time with two tots at home. In addition to 5-month-old Mason, he and Monyetta Shaw are also p ...
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'The Voice' Recap: Ne-Yo Can't Find His Words
Buddy TV - almost 5 years
Last week on The Voice, the battles began. Our celebrity coaches kicked things off with 12 artists per team and now they must shave off the numbers by half. That's right, only 6 members in every group will be moving on to the live shows. The stakes are high and the pressure has been turned up as each team is given a chance at head-to-head competitions. Each coach has the power to assign the battle round songs, pair the singers against one another and give the artists some last minute rehearsal time with well known advisers. Team Christina has invited Lionel Ritchie and Jewel, Team Blake welcomes wife Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson, Team Adam hangs out with Alanis Morrisette and Robin Thicke and, lastly, Cee Lo has Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Ne-Yo. Let night two of the battle rounds begin!
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Comment on Daily Word: Think Bigger!!! by All Urban Radio – Jennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo Release Video for “Think Like A Man” Soundtrack – Music News – News
All Hip Hop - almost 5 years
[...] The film’s soundtrack is available on April 10. Produced by Rainforest Films in Atlanta, Think Like a Man opens in theaters on April 20. « Daily Word: Think Bigger!!! [...]
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Calvin Harris Ft. Ne-Yo “Let’s Go”
All Hip Hop - almost 5 years
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Ne-Yo: 'Leave You Alone' Video With Young Jeezy 'Really A Movie'
MTV News - almost 5 years
'We both kind of stayed in our own lanes but made it make sense,' Ne-Yo tells MTV News of collaboration.'We both kind of stayed in our own lanes but made it make sense,' Ne-Yo tells MTV News of collaboration. By Rob Markman <a class="fplink fp-292744" href="/Young+Jeezy+1"><a class="fplink fp-292744" href="/Young+Jeezy+1">Young Jeezy</a></a> Photo: Chris McKay/ Getty Images While the literal definition of a movie is a motion picture, the DJ Khaled definition of a movie can range from a really great party to a hit record or a classic album. When it comes to the upcoming video for <a class="fplink fp-292744" href="/Young+Jeezy+1"><a class="fplink fp-292744" href="/Young+Jeezy+1">Young Jeezy</a></a> and Ne-Yo's new single "Leave You Alone," the former definition applies, but judging from the video's trailer, which was released online on Thursday, the DJ Khaled definition is also applicable. "Make sure you check for that video coming real soon. It's a movie. Not even ...
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Jennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo Release Video for “Think Like A Man” Soundtrack
All Hip Hop - almost 5 years
Grammy-winners <a class="fplink fp-135382" href="/Jennifer+Hudson+1">Jennifer Hudson</a> and Ne-Yo, along with “The Bawse”, Rick Ross, have joined forces once again to bring the title track off the Steve Harvey adapted film, Think Like a Man. The video features a cameo from one of the film’s stars – the hilarious Kevin Hart. Think Like A Man stars Taraji P. Heson,…
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Ne-Yo becomes principal for the day at middle school
The Grio - almost 5 years
theGRIO Q&amp;A - Superstar singer-songwriter Ne-Yo is best known for crafting catchy R&amp;B hits, but he's also incredibly passionate about education..
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Ne-Yo Turns School Principal for a Day
Female First - almost 5 years
R&amp;B star Ne-Yo traded the recording studio for the classroom on Monday (27Feb12) to serve as the guest principal of a Seattle, Washington school. The...
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Comment on Ne-Yo Serves As Principal for the Day Of Seattle School by Ne-Yo Makes 24-Hour Career Switch « Defglam Entertainment
All Hip Hop - almost 5 years
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Ne-Yo Encourages Attendance And Education During School Visit
Green Celebrity Network - almost 5 years
Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo surprised 588 students with a mini-concert and acted as the “Principal for the Day” at Aki Kurose Middle School Academy in south Seattle, the most diverse zip code in the country, yesterday. Ne-Yo performed live for the Aki Kurose student body to celebrate their win in the 2011 Get Schooled Fall Attendance Challenge – a seven week competition to improve daily attendance rates nationwide. Sponsored by the Get Schooled Foundation, the friendly competition included nearly 80,000 students at 73 schools in 17 states between Oct. 3 and Nov. 18. Aki Kurose improved its attendance by a remarkable 3.7 percent and succeeded in engaging more than 70 percent of its students in the various components of the challenge. Students who connect with their schools are more likely to attend schools. Over the course of the challenge, active schools improved their attendance by an average of 2.8 percent and an additional 1,000 students came to school during that time, with some ...
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Alternative Pick: Ne-Yo “In Love With You”
All Hip Hop - about 5 years
Filed under: MUSIC Tagged: Alternative Pick, Ne-Yo
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ne-Yo
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 33
    However, he plans on the album to drop sometime in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details He also leaked a sneak peek of the potential lead single off the album titled "Hang W/" during a live recording in the studio.
    On July 12, 2016, he was a guest judge on NBC's America's Got Talent Judge Cuts.
    More Details Hide Details Shaffer Smith was born in Camden, Arkansas. His father is of African American and Chinese descent, and his mother is African-American. Both his parents were musicians. As a young child, he was raised by his mother after she separated from his father. In hopes of better opportunity, his mother relocated the family to Las Vegas, Nevada. While in the Las Vegas Academy, Smith adopted the stage name "GoGo" and joined an R&B group called Envy, who appeared during amateur night on Showtime at the Apollo and on the MTV's The Cut (hosted by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC).
  • 2015
    Age 32
    In September 2015, the singer announced that he and Crystal Renay Williams were engaged and expecting a child. They were married on February 20, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr., was born in March 2016.
    On September 6, 2015, Ne-Yo premiered two new songs off the album titled "Goodbye" and "She Leaving With Me" featuring Busta Rhymes.
    More Details Hide Details Ne-Yo's music is generally R&B, while he also incorporates Pop and Hip-hop occasionally. His musical influences include Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Babyface, Blackstreet and Usher. Ne-Yo possesses a light lyric tenor vocal style. Ne-Yo frequently co-writes with Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel S. Eriksen of the Norwegian production team Stargate. Ne-Yo met them in a hallway at Sony Music Studios in New York, and knowing the team produced R&B records, decided to collaborate with them. The collective's early works were tracks off In My Own Words, including "So Sick." Aside from working on his own album, Ne-Yo also collaborates with several other artists. His works include: Rihanna's top-ten singles "Unfaithful," "Russian Roulette," and her number-one hit "Take a Bow," Mario Vazquez's "Gallery," Paula DeAnda's "Walk Away (Remember Me)," and Beyoncé Knowles' Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Irreplaceable," which stayed at the top of the chart for ten consecutive weeks. He wrote the song "I'm You" for Leona Lewis's debut album Spirit, and is currently writing songs for her next album and for the debut album of fellow X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. He has also been working with Sugababes for their seventh album, with member Keisha Buchanan confirming that Ne-Yo had written a song called "No More You" for their album.
    In August 2015 Ne-Yo announced his seventh studio album with no title yet.
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    In July 2015, Ne-Yo collaborated with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike on a new song for the Tomorrowland anthem titled "Higher Place".
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    A few months later, Ne-Yo announced that the new release date for Non-Fiction was January 27, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The album included collaborations with Pitbull and Charisse Mills. The album peaked at number 5 of on the Billboard 200 chart.
  • 2014
    Age 31
    On September 16, 2014, Ne-Yo released the lead single from "Non Fiction" to mainstream radio titled "She Knows" featuring Juicy J.
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    On May 29, 2014, Ne-Yo announced his upcoming sixth studio album would be called Non-Fiction.
    More Details Hide Details That same day, he announced a new single, "Money Can't Buy."
  • 2013
    Age 30
    Around the same time, he and Celine Dion recorded "Incredible" for Dion's 2013 album Loved Me Back to Life. "Incredible" was released as a single in February 2014 and the music video premiered in June 2014.
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    In March 2013, Ne-Yo collaborated with Akon on David Guetta's single "Play Hard", from his 2012 album Nothing but the Beat 2..
    More Details Hide Details He also collaborated with Jessica Sanchez on her single "Tonight" from her debut album Me, You & the Music. The single, along with the music video got released on March 21, 2013. In April, Ne-Yo and Cher Lloyd collaborated on their single "It's All Good", which eventually was featured on Fruttare commercials.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 29
    In 2012, Ne-Yo was awarded the Hal David Starlight Award of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame which honors gifted songwriters who are at an apex in their careers and are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs.
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    On August 29, 2012, Ne-Yo was one of the headliners alongside R&B recording artist Melanie Fiona, in the Summer Beats Concert Series, otherwise known as the MJ Birthday Concert, which was on what would have been the 54th birthday of the late American pop icon Michael Jackson which was sponsored by and live-streamed by Pepsi and Billboard.
    More Details Hide Details He performed a medley of hits, as well as performing "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Smooth Criminal," and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" from Jackson's best-selling 1987 album, Bad, in preparation for the reissue of Bad 25 on September 18, 2012. The concert took place at Gotham Hall in New York City. R.E.D. was released in the United Kingdom on November 5, and in North America on November 6, 2012.
    Ne-Yo was slated to release his fifth studio album, R.E.D. (as in "Realizing Every Dream"), on September 18, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The album was initially titled The Cracks in Mr. Perfect. The album's first official single, "Lazy Love," was released on June 12, 2012 and peaked at number forty-two on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)," co-written by Australian singer-songwriter Sia, was released as the second single on July 31, 2012. Because of Kevin McCall's new album and the song Ne-Yo will be in, Love Time, is not yet released because he and his friend Chris Brown will make an appearance on Ne-Yo's R.E.D. album in the song called What I Do, which they all will be involved in writing the beat says Ne-Yo, who was interviewed by TMZ in New York. "I expect this to be a banger in clubs for the slow songs and to get Ne-Yo his first top 10 song in years," said Chris Brown, after a celebrity basketball game with Ne-Yo, Kevin Hart, and other celebrities in the month of July.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was also appointed Senior Vice President of A&R of Motown, where he would serve " as a producer and mentor to the label's artists, as well as seeking out and signing new talent to the label."
  • 2011
    Age 28
    Shaw gave birth to a boy, Mason Evan Smith, on October 9, 2011.
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    In the spring of 2011, Ne-Yo collaborated with American rapper Pitbull and Nayer on his single "Give Me Everything", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Ne-Yo his second U.S. number-one single, his first since 2006's "So Sick" and his first as a guest artist.
    More Details Hide Details Ne-Yo also revealed in an interview that he would like to collaborate with Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Drake on his upcoming album.
    Ne-Yo appeared in the children's preschool show The Fresh Beat Band and was one of the few artists not to cancel appearances in the wake of the 2011 Japan earthquake.
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    Ne-Yo has already finished writing songs for American pop singer and Roc Nation artist Alexis Jordan and her self-titled debut album as well as Jennifer Hudson for her second studio album, I Remember Me, which had a North American release on March 22, 2011.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details American rapper Fabolous said in an interview that he is planning a collaboration album with Ne-Yo as well. Ne-Yo has also written songs for Mary J. Blige, JB, Beyoncé, Monica, Alexandra Burke, Cheryl Cole and Willow Smith's upcoming albums. Ne-Yo starred in two motion pictures, the long-gestating George Lucas project Red Tails, released in early 2012, and Battle: Los Angeles, which was released in the United States on March 11, 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 27
    Shaw gave birth early to daughter, Madilyn Grace Smith, on November 12, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    More Details Hide Details Announcing the birth, Ne-Yo said of his first child, "I've been in love before but this feels like nothing I've ever felt... like I'm in love for the first time." In September 2011, Ne-Yo revealed that he was expecting his second child with Monyetta Shaw.
    On October 8, 2010, Ne-Yo performed some of his songs from the new album at P.C. Richard & Son Theater in New York City, an event hosted by iheartradio.
    More Details Hide Details Ne-Yo made an appearance at New York ComicCon to announce that he was collaborating with Stan Lee for a Libra Scale comic. Ne-Yo also met with fans for pictures and autographs in the Cultyard of the ComicCon. The second and third singles released off of the album are "Champagne Life" and "One in a Million," respectively. Libra Scale was released on November 22, 2010. It received critical acclaim from music critics, but was a commercial disappointment, debuting at number nine on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling less than all of his previous three studio albums. Ne-Yo stated: "The album is based upon this short story which basically follows these three characters who are forced to choose between money-power-and-fame versus love. Which in turn is why I've called it 'Libra Scale'. You know, its whole concept is based on that question of morality – that, if you weighed it all out on a libra scale, which one of those two options would you choose?". Libra Scale sold 112,000 copies in its first week. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 11 on the UK Albums Chart, while debuting at number one on the UK R&B Chart.
    In June 2010, Ne-Yo released the single "Beautiful Monster," which became Ne-Yo's first number-one single on the UK Singles Chart.
    More Details Hide Details It peaked at number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
    In January 2010, Ne-Yo was featured in a duet with singer Mariah Carey titled Angels Cry.
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  • 2009
    Age 26
    On September 2, 2009, Ne-Yo released greatest hits album Ne-Yo: The Collection in Japan.
    More Details Hide Details The album was also released with a limited edition CD+DVD edition complete with the music videos of singles. It debuted at number four on Japan's Oricon weekly albums chart, selling 55,625 copies in the first week.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Year of the Gentleman has been certified platinum by RIAA for a shipment of more than one million copies. The third single, "Mad," peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. On August 12, 2008, the New Kids on the Block released "Single," the second single from their fifth studio album, The Block, which is a duet with Ne-Yo. Ne-Yo included a solo version of the song on his album Year of the Gentleman.
  • 2008
    Age 25
    In December 2008, Ne-Yo performed at the Kennedy Center Honors as part of the tribute to Barbra Streisand; he sang and danced to the song "Lover Come Back to Me," which Streisand recorded on her second album in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Billboard ranked him as the 57th Artist of the 2000s decade.
    Ne-Yo's third album, Year of the Gentleman, was released internationally on August 5, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Speaking to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, Ne-Yo explained the thinking behind its title: "To me Year of the Gentleman is all about a persona, a swag and a charm. I made an assessment of the music business. And, in my personal opinion, the essence of the gentleman is absent right now. Everybody kinda looks the same, everybody's kinda doing the same thing, everybody's kinda rude and full of themselves. Whereas a gentleman is calm, courteous, kind, charming... So that title basically represents me trying to lead by example, and showing these cats what it is to be a gentleman in this business still." The album sold 250,000 copies in its first week in the United States, debuting on the Billboard 200 at number two. Reviews for the album were positive: in one, Caryn Ganz of Rolling Stone magazine wrote that Year of the Gentleman is "actually a superb concept album about what a great boyfriend he Ne-Yo can be".
  • 2007
    Age 24
    In December 2007, Ne-Yo and the Goo Goo Dolls performed at a fund-raising concert for the then–presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The first single from the platinum-selling album was the title track, which peaked at the number-two spot. Despite the success of "Because of You," later singles released charted lower and were unable to reach the Top 20. The album has been certified platinum by RIAA for a shipment of over one million units.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    In early 2006, Ne-Yo released his debut album, In My Own Words, through Def Jam.
    More Details Hide Details Boosted by its popular second single "So Sick", the album debuted at number one on Billboard 200, selling over 301,000 copies in its first week on sale. Later singles released were "When You're Mad" and "Sexy Love", which peaked at number 15 and number 7, respectively. The album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for a shipment of over one million units.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    In 2005, Jessica White, Ne-Yo's girlfriend at the time, gave birth to a boy, naming him Chimere after Ne-Yo's middle name.
    More Details Hide Details Though Ne-Yo believed he was the father, he later discovered the child was not his. In June 2010, Ne-Yo told Ebony that he and his girlfriend, Monyetta Shaw, were expecting their first child together, a girl due early in 2011.
  • 2004
    Age 21
    For the next two years, Ne-Yo continued writing songs, some of which have not been officially released. He contributed songs to American singer Teedra Moses's 2004 album Complex Simplicity, Christina Milian's It's About Time, and the American boy band Youngstown, none of which, however, brought Ne-Yo much mainstream attention.
    More Details Hide Details Ne-Yo has also contributed songs to singers Mary J. Blige, B2K, Faith Evans, and Musiq, among others. A breakthrough came when Ne-Yo wrote "Let Me Love You" for American singer Mario. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and later stayed at the top spot for nine weeks. After the successful release, Tina Davis, former A&R representative for Def Jam Recordings, arranged an informal meeting with label head L.A. Reid. Despite not seeking a new contract at the time, then-CEO of Def Jam Jay Z signed Ne-Yo to a new deal after he performed for the label's executives.
  • 2003
    Age 20
    Houston re-recorded the song and released it as a single for his 2003 album MH.
    More Details Hide Details The release of the song led to Ne-Yo being recognized as a top songwriter.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2000
    Age 17
    At an early age, Ne-Yo emerged on the recording industry scene as a member of the Romford-based quartet Envy, which featured Chimna Orji as its leading woman. After the group disbanded in 2000, Columbia Records signed Ne-Yo, but the label dropped him before he could release his already-recorded first album.
    More Details Hide Details American singer Marques Houston happened to hear "That Girl", which Ne-Yo had planned to release as his debut single off his then-unreleased album.
    The group disbanded in 2000, and Smith continued to write songs for other artists before starting his solo career.
    More Details Hide Details The stage name "Ne-Yo" was coined by Big D Evans, a producer with whom Ne-Yo once worked, because Evans claimed that Ne-Yo sees music as Neo sees the matrix.
  • OTHER
  • 1979
    Age -4
    Born on October 18, 1979.
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