Ne-Yo is a Grammy Award winning American
R&B recording artist, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor.
Beginning his career as a songwriter, Ne-Yo wrote the hit "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario.
Shaffer Chimere Smith
October 18, 1982 ( age
Camden, Arkansas, United States
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
5' 9" (1.75 m)
Shaffer Chimere Smith
Madilyn Grace Smith, Mason Evan Smith
R&B, pop, hip hop, soul, dance
Singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, actor,
Vocals, guitar, piano
Rihanna, Anastacia, Kanye West, Conor Maynard, Calvin Harris, Keri Hilson, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Bridget Kelly, Jay-Z, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Rick Ross, Pitbull, Chris Brown, David Guetta, Afrojack, Trey Songz, T-Pain, Timbaland, Wiz Khalifa, Celine Dion, Jessica Sanchez
Came up with the name when a friend said he could 'see' music like Keanu Reeves's "Neo" character could see the Matrix
2008 - MTV Video Music Award Japan for Best Male Video Because of You -
Grammy Award for Male R&B Vocal Solo: Miss Independent
MTV Video Music Award Japan for Best New Artist in a Video"So Sick" -
Mobo Award for Best Song "Because of You"
Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album for Because of You
BET Award for Best Male RB Artist
Mobo Award for Best R&B
Soul Train Music Award for Best RB/Soul or Rap New Artist
Ne-Yo is a mix of African American, Puerto Rican and Blasian (Black/Chinese)
His stage name comes from a friend who said he could 'see' music like Keanu Reeves's "Neo" character could see the Matrix
Ne-Yo Co-wrote Mario's 2004 number-one hit, "Let Me Love You".
Ne-Yo has a son named Mason Evan Smith and a daughter Madilyn Grace Smith.
Ne-Yo was arrested for reckless driving on February 19, 2008, while driving over 100 mph through Cobb County,
"A huge difference between songwriting and being a singer. A songwriter can have a normal life. You're an ordinary
person. But as an artist, somethings can't be ignored. You have to make sure you look like a million bucks.
There's a certain image you have to maintain. It was a difficult transition, but I'm actually learning to love
"The key to a good song is to find a way to say something in a different way.Find something related to the
people you're trying to reach. Find your own niche. It's difficult. I recommend honing your skills and be
the best you can be until your opportunity comes along. When opportunity comes, make sure you're on
top of your game."
-Neyo on songwriting
"Something that a lot of people don't know is that I have a five-month old son. Any free time I have now is spent
with him. A few people suggested to me that I should try and hide the fact that I have a son because it
might damage my career. But as far as I'm concerned, to hide it would suggest that I was ashamed and I'm not
ashamed. I love my son. Me and his mum aren't in a relationship. We're actually best friends. We've known each
other for years and years and never ever wanted to be in a relationship with each other.
But the one time we... got physical, she fell pregnant. Of course, we did a lot of talking to decide how
we were gonna handle the situation. We weren't about to start a relationship for the sake of the child 'cos
that's not what either of us wanted. So I just said, 'You be mum, I'll be dad and let's just raise a son.'
And though we're not together, that's exactly what we're doing."
"In songwriting, it's natural to make music for yourself. The hardest thing was finding balance between
making music [for myself] and something the consumer can enjoy."