2022 future maker


Iconic and Influential

International R&B sensation NE-YO has sold 20+ million adjusted albums worldwide. The Motown Records/Compound Entertainment recording artist has won three Grammys and received a total of 14 nominations. His first single, 2005’s “So Sick,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified quadruple Platinum, leading to a string of hit singles.

The Dreamer’s Journey

Proving to be as powerful with his pen as he is in the recording studio and on stage, the Las Vegas native is a go-to hitmaker, penning bangers like Rihanna’s “Unfaithful,” “Russian Roulette,” and “Take a Bow,” along with Beyoncé’s 2006 breakup anthem “Irreplaceable” and songs for Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, and more. In addition to his music career, NE-YO’s film and TV credits include "Save the Last Dance," "Stomp the Yard," "Empire," and “Step Up: High Water.”

Future Greatness

NE-YO’s new single, “Stay Down” featuring Yung Bleu, paves the way for his forthcoming eighth studio album. On the philanthropic side, he supports Little Kids Rock, which gives disadvantaged kids opportunities through the arts, and the Holiday Auction for the ASCAP Foundation, which fosters the success of American music creators through education and talent development programs.

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