Ne-Yo, an American artist of several talents, was born Shaffer Chimere Smith on October 18, 1979, and is well-known for his contributions to R&B music. After being recognized for his songwriting abilities, Mario’s career took off. His 2004 hit track “Let Me Love You” helped him land a deal with Def Jam Recordings.

In 2006, Ne-Yo made his breakthrough with his own track “So Sick.” His debut album “In My Own Words” also became a hit. Along with receiving Grammy nominations and critical accolades, this album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200. His next two albums, “Year of the Gentleman” (2008) and “Because of You” (2007), further cemented his reputation in the R&B industry and brought him nominations and awards at the Grammy Awards.

Even after “Libra Scale” lost most of its mainstream appeal in 2010, Ne-Yo kept putting out albums and dabbling in other genres of music. His songs “Time of Our Lives” and “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” helped him stay on the charts.

Ne-Yo has dabbled with television outside of music, appearing as a judge on “World of Dancing” and taking part in both the US and UK versions of “The Masked Singer.” Ne-Yo’s influence on the music business is evident, as seen by his over 29 million certified album and single sales in the US alone. Songs like “Give Me Everything” and “Knock You Down” are regarded as some of the all-time great summer singles.

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