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Born Shaffer Chimere Smith
(1979-10-18) October 18, 1979 (age 38)
Camden, Arkansas, United States
Other names Ne-Yo
Net worth $16 million[1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Spouse(s) Crystal Renay (m. 2016)[3]
Partner(s) Monyetta Shaw (2009–13)[4]
Children 3
'Musical career
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • dancer
  • actor
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts

Shaffer Chimere Smith (born on October 18, 1979 near Camden, Arkansas), better known as Ne-Yo, is a Grammy Award-winning American musician who sings R&B.[5] In 2004 he wrote "Let Me Love You" for Mario. It was number one in the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks. After this, Def Jam Recordings signed him. His debut album, In My Own Words, was released during 2006. Other albums then followed. In 2009, Billboard ranked him as the 57th Artist of the 2000s decade.

He is known for songs like "So Sick", "When You're Mad", "Closer", "Miss Independent", "Let's Go", and "Give Me Everything". The first and last song both reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Albums[change | change source]


  • In My Own Words (2006)
  • Because of You (2007)
  • Year of the Gentleman (2008)
  • Libra Scale (2010)
  • R.E.D. (2012)
  • Non-Fiction (2013)

Grammy Awards[change | change source]


Year Work Category Result
2008 Because of You Best Contemporary R&B Album Won
2009 "Miss Independent" Best R&B Song Won
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Won

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