Usher (born Usher Raymond IV, 14.10.1978) Usher is an American R&B singer who has won five Grammy Awards and runs his own label, US Records. Usher: Net worth Usher has a net worth of approximately $140 million (Access2Knowledge, 2013). Usher: Childhood Usher is the son of Jonetta Patton and Usher Terry Raymond III. He was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he sang in the church choir. In high school, he entered local talent contests and his parents relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, believing that it would provide their son with greater opportunities to promote his talent. Usher: Musical Career Usher appeared on the US talent show Star Search when he was 13 years old. His performance on the show eventually earned him a contract with LaFace Records. His first song for them was 'Call Me A Mack' which was released on the Poetic Justice soundtrack. In 1994, Usher's debut album Usher was released. The album was partly produced by P Diddy (real name Sean Combs). The album reached number 25 on the R&B / Hip-Hop albums chart in the US. In 1995, Usher recorded a duet with Monica, a teen artist from Atlanta who was also known for her work with the R&B singer Brandy. He then went on to co-write a number of tracks for his new album with Jermaine Dupri. The second album, My Way, was released in 1997 The lead single, 'You Make Me Wanna' was a number one hit and has been certified platinum. The second single. 'Nice and Slow' reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Towards the end of 1997, Usher supported the likes of Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson. Usher's first Grammy nomination was 'Best Male R&B Vocal Performance' for 'You Make Me Wanna' In 1999, Usher's first live album, entitled Live was released, with appearances from Lil' Kim, and Trey Lorenz. This was followed by Usher's third studio album, 8701. The release was delayed by lack of sales in the US when the single 'Pop Ya Collar' was released, despite the track being a number two hit in the UK. The first two singles to be released from the newly re-jigged album were 'U Remind Me' and 'U Got It Bad', both of which reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album sold over seven million copies across the globe and was certified quadruple platinum. In 2002, Usher repeated his 'Best Male R&B Vocal Performance' Grammy win; this time for 'U Don't Have To Call'. Usher was only the third artist to have achieved this double win, alongside Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder. Later that year, Usher provided vocals for P. Diddy's 'I Need A Girl, Part I'. Usher's next studio album, Confessions, was released in 2004, and its lead single, 'Yeah!' was another number one hit. Confessions shifted over 1.1 million units in its first week, the highest ever by a male R&B artist. The next two singles to be released from the album, 'Burn' and 'Confessions Part II' were also number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100. In September 2004, Usher released a duet with the singer Alicia Keys. 'My Boo' also reached number one and stayed in the chart for 28 weeks. The album gained a diamond certification and was the highest selling album of the year, racking up worldwide sales of over 19 million copies. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, Usher won three awards, 'R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals' (for his collaboration with Alicia Keys), 'Contemporary R&B Album' and 'Rap / Sung Collaboration' (for 'Yeah!'). In 2005, he appeared on Lil' Jon's 'Lovers & Friends'. Two years later, he teamed with R. Kelly on the track 'Same Girl' and Mary J Blige on 'Shake Down'. Usher released the album 'Here I Stand' in 2008 which quickly reached number one. The album was critically well received and featured the single 'Love In This Club'. The next single, 'Love in This Club Part II', featured Beyoncé and Lil Wayne. In 2009, as well as performing at the 'Obama Inaugural Celebration', he played a tribute song at the Michael Jackson memorial. Usher released his third consecutive number one album 'Raymond v. Raymond' in 2010, with divorce song 'Papers' becoming the first single. The third single, 'OMG', featured will.i.am and charted worldwide. He followed the album up with an EP called 'Versus' which he described as a 'last chapter' and follows his life as a new divorcee. The releases were followed by his OMG Tour which included a surprise show at Super Bowl XLV. In 2012, he released his seventh album 'Looking 4 Myself' which he felt was a step away from his usual style of music. The album featured singles 'Climax', 'Scream' and 'Lemme See' featuring Rick Ross. In 2013, he joined the judging panel on talent show 'The Voice''s fourth series. He released lead single 'Good Kisser' from his eighth album in 2014. Usher: Acting Career Usher's first acting role was in the US series Moesha, in which he had a recurring role. His debut film role was in the 1998 film The Faculty. Other film and TV work includes a role in the daytime series The Bold and the Beautiful, and major roles in She's All That, Light It Up and In The Mix. In 2006, Usher took the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway musical Chicago. He received a varied critical response for the performance. Usher: Personal Life Usher had a relationship with Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas in 2001, but their union only lasted 2 years due to Usher's alleged infidelity. In August 2007, Usher married Tameka Foster. Their sons are named Raymond Usher V and Naviyd Ely Raymond. The pair divorved in 2009 resulting in a highly publicized custody battle which Usher won. Usher suffered personal trauma in 2012 when he found out that his young former stepson Kile Glover was killed in a boating accident. Things were made even more difficult when Foster insisted on gaining custody of Usher V after he got stuck in a drain in his father's pool and was taken to hospital. The case was later dismissed. Usher is a vegan.
Roberto "Manos de Piedra" Duran was fierce in the ring, his poor upbringing on the streets of Panama all contributed to the man he became. He's extremely tough but his wild streak stops him from becoming the champion he ought to be.
Enter Ray Arcel, Arcel was an old pro, the best of the best and had taken many boxers into the ring and seen them come out the champion. Arcel could clearly see that Duran had a gift and though technically the trainer was retired, Duran's talent made him take his place back at the side of the ring.
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The awkward moment when your emoji isn't big enough.
Here's one unsolicited nude pic you might be grateful for; Usher decided to bare all for his fans on Snapchat yesterday (April 28th 2016) with a full-frontal shot of himself with his member on show. He tried to cover it up with an emoji but ermm... said emoji wasn't big enough.
Usher goes nude for Snapchat
We're not sure whether this was a deliberate mistake or not (he might be all like, 'Hey, even an emoji can't hide it!') but we're going to go with not. It seemed he wanted to do a bit of a Kim Kardashian by revealing his naked form to his fans with strategically placed cover-ups, but he probably could've done with another emoji because the majority of his manhood was still visibly on show - including, not to sound crass but, the tip.
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It was the last 'In Performance at The White House' of Obama's presidency, and featured performances from Usher and Demi Lovato.
Despite his grave assurances that he would NOT be singing at the start of the evening, President Obama couldn’t help but be swept along at a star-studded tribute event for the music of Ray Charles at the White House.
Paying tribute to the late singer, who died in 2004, the President led the crowd in a sing-a-long during filming the final episode of the current series of ‘In Performance at The White House’ on Wednesday (February 25th), and the last such event of his presidency.
The Ray Charles tribute evening was the last of Obama's 'In Performance at The White House' series
The annual environmental awareness event is taking place in the American capital this Saturday (April 18th).
The free concert is held this coming Saturday (April 18th) in the American capital on the National Mall. Hosted by Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am and Soledad O’Brien, it is also due to feature speeches from the United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
Usher is one of the star names who will be performing at the Earth Day Rally in Washington this weekend
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The R&B superstar is back to his best
It could be said that veteran R&B star, Usher, has been fading from the musical limelight after an underperforming seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself, released in 2011, a postponed eighth offering and a plethora of fresh, new talent rising through the ranks.
Usher wowed London crowds at O2 Arena with his big hits
So, at the ripe old age of 36 after revealing he has been in the moonwalking and body-popping game for a grand total of 23 years - could this once fierce juggernaut of American tunes regain his fire during the final outing of his URX (Usher Raymond Experience) Tour at 02 Arena last night?
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It seems the R&B star knows exactly how to deal with the Canadian singer's bad boy antics.
It seems the way Usher handles dealing with Justin Bieber's bad boy antics is by showing him some tough love. The R&B star fully understands his protégé's behaviour hasn't been the best in the past couple of years, and he definitely won't stay silent about it.
Usher has been Bieber's mentor since he was first discovered, aged 13
"I'm not happy with all the choices my friend has made," Usher said to Billboard when talking about Bieber.
Usher gets into an energetic live performance during a set on NBC's 'Today' show as part of the Toyota Summer Concert Series. He is seen dancing with some lucky fans and slapping their hands as he parades around in all white, clutching a gold microphone, before returning to the stage with his backing dancers.
Following last year's interesting performance involving Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, the MTV Video Music Awards are going to be under the watchful eye of the Parent's Television Council.
The line-up for MTV's VMAs has been announced, and now it's time to take bets as to whether this year will serve as any less controversial than last year, following the infamous 'Miley-gate' incident. The performing artists include Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith.
Nicky Minaj is to sing with Ariana Grande and Jessie J for the opeing act of the VMAs
Last year's MTV Video Music Awards sparked off some controversy due to Miley Cyrus' 'seductive' twerking on the then married Robin Thicke while wearing only her underwear and making provocative gestures with a giant foam finger. Then again, controversy is big money these days so if anything, the draw of this year's VMAs is seeing if they will top last year's antics.
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The victim was in stable condition as of Sunday night.
BET Awards weekend started with a tragedy this year, when a guest at Meek Mill’s pre-awards party ended up in hospital with stab wounds. The incident took place on Saturday night, June 28, at Lure nightclub. Meek Mill was hosting a rousing pre-BET bash, when a fight broke out. The 20-something man was rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital, but TMZ has obtained footage of him laying on the curb waiting for help while a friend yells at the police officers to hurry the ambulance.
Meek Mill himself was not directly involved in the brawl.
The man incurred two stab wounds in the stomach, but his condition is stable, the website also reports. The reason for the fight has not been uncovered so far. The man’s identity and that of his attacker are being withheld. The party was also attended by The Game, Lil Boosie, Mase and actress Kyla Pratt.
On the eve of the award show, BET has announced a performance by Lifetime Achievement honoree Lionel Richie.
It’s almost time for the BET awards and tonight’s show promises some memorable moments. Lionel Richie has been tapped to perform during the annual award show, as well as being this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree. He joins this year’s lineup, which also includes stars like Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Drake.
Richie is being honored for over four decades of transformational music.
Currently in the fifth decade of his career, Richie’s list of achievements is quite impressive. He has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and won five Grammy awards. His music has changed the face of soul and R&B, but Richie frequently crosses genre lines to experiment with pop, soft rock and even country.
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