Ne-Yo (born Shaffer Chimere Smith 18.10.1979)
Ne-Yo is an American R&B performer, of Afro-Asian descent.
Music Career: In 2006, Ne-Yo released his debut album on Def Jam Recordings. Entitled In My Own Words, the album went straight to Number One in the Billboard 200 album charts. It has been certified platinum and has sold over four million copies across the world.
The Stargate-produced second single, 'So Sick' also reached the top of the singles chart, the same week that the album hit the top spot.
Ne-Yo's second studio album, Because of You, was released in May 2007. Since releasing the album, Ne-Yo has been approached to work on material for Michael Jackson's new album, alongside will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.
Ne-Yo has written songs for a large number of successful American artists such as 'Unfaithful' and 'Take A Bow', for Rihanna, 'Gallery' for Mario Vasquez and Beyonce Knowles' 'Irreplaceable.' Ne-Yo has also penned songs for Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. It has also been reported that he has written songs for Lindsay Lohan's debut musical venture. Additionally, it has been suggested that Ne-Yo will work with Marilyn Manson.
Ne-Yo was chosen to perform the national anthem of the USA, 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the Special NFL match held at Wembley Stadium, between San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints.
The artist's third album is entitled Year of the Gentleman and is said to be a backlash against what he perceives to the 'sloppiness' of current R&B music. The album is influenced by songwriters such as John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney as well as Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. In terms of style, Ne-Yo has drawn influence from the Rat Pack members such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra.
Personal Life: In February 2008, Ne-Yo was arrested for reckless driving in Georgia. When caught, he had been driving without a license, at over 100 miles per hour, at least 50 miles per hour over the speed limit. In June of the same year, he was sentenced to 24 hours community service. As part of the sentence, Ne-Yo must also perform for the Boys and Girls Club, as well as attending a defensive driving class, and paying a fine of $1000.
Ne-Yo - 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm on Telemundo at the BankUnited Center - Inside & Backstage at BankUnited Center - Miami Beach, Florida, United States - Thursday 30th April 2015
Ne-Yo, Loraine Smith and Monyetta Shaw - 22nd annual Race To Erase MS at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Century City, California, United States - Friday 24th April 2015
Loraine Smith, Ne-Yo and Monyetta Shaw - Celebrities attend 22nd annual Race To Erase MS at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 24th April 2015
The 'Shake It Off' singer is now part of a very select club to have had TWO albums that have spent 10+ weeks at Number 1.
Taylor Swift has returned to the top of the American album charts yet again, making her only the second woman in Billboard history to have more than one album that has clocked up ten or more weeks at Number 1.
Her fifth album 1989 racked up equivalent sales of 101,000 in the week ending February 1st, consisting of 71,000 pure album sales, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. It has now spent ten non-consecutive weeks atop the chart, replicating the feat she achieved over 2008-09 with her second album Fearless.
Taylor Swift has equalled a chart record held by only six other artists
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The musicians were among the honorees, while Mary J. Blige and Ne-Yo took to the stage to perform.
Some of the biggest names in music were among the esteemed guests of the 2015 BET Honors held at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., with Kanye West and Usher Raymond among honorees and Mary J. Blige closing the ceremony with her performance.
Mary J. Blige closed the show with her performance
Unsurprisingly, it was Kanye West who landed the coveted Visionary Award at the event which he attended alongside his reality star wife Kim Kardashian. While the multi-Platinum rapper may be one of the best modern popstars, having released his sixth consecutive number one album 'Yeezus' two years ago, he's hardly going to win any prizes for modesty. Despite himself, he quipped to the audience upon receiving his award, 'I understand what it is to be humbled for the first time'.
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Ne-Yo has released the audio track for the song 'Everybody Loves/The Def Of You (Interlude)' after its appearance as the second track on his new album. NE-YO released 'Non-Fiction' in the US on 27th January 2015.
'Religious/Ratchet Wit Yo Friends (Interlude)' serves as the fourteenth track on Ne-Yo's album 'Non-Fiction', which was released in the US on 27th September 2014. In honour of the release, NE-YO has released the audio track for the song.
'Good Morning/Gon' Ride (Interlude)' serves as the eleventh track on Ne-Yo's 27th January 2015 (US) album, 'Non-Fiction'. NE-YO has now released the official audio track for the song, in conjunction with the albums release.