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Ne-Yo was born Shaffer Chimere Smith to musician parents. They clearly passed along their gift to their son.
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Before breaking out with his 2006 hit debut record “In My Own Words,” Ne-Yo penned songs for other R&B artists like Marques Houston and Mario.
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“In My Own Words” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and featured the popular singles “So Sick,” “When You’re Mad” and “Sexy Love.”
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Ne-Yo has always had a sophisticated fashion sense, he’s often seen rocking a fedora with a suit and tie on the red carpet.
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Ne-Yo’s sophomore album “Because of You” topped the charts again, debuting at number on on the Billboard 200.
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In 2007, Ne-Yo, Will.i.am and Kanye got together to add modern touches to their idol Michael Jackson’s classic album.
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In 2008, Ne-Yo’s music got a little more swagger when he dropped “The Year of the Gentleman,” which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart.
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Ne-Yo stayed cozy in a red sweater with Eve by his side at a Grammy Awards brunch in January 2010.
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In a slate gray vest and his signature fedora, Ne-Yo fit in with stylish ladies Ciara and Toni Braxton at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards’ “Salute To Icons” event.
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It looks like Ne-Yo took fashion cues from Michael Jackson when he performed at the Hammersmith Apollo in February in a white tuxedo jacket and one glove.
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On Jun 27, 2010 it was announced that Ne-Yo and his girlfriend Monyetta Shaw are expecting a baby.
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Ne-Yo is embarking on a new film-themed project called “Libra Scale.” He’ll be telling fans all about it in a live chat on ESSENCE.com on Tuesday, July 13.
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