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25 Things You Didn't Know

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    Ne-Yo has contributed to writing songs for artists like Rihanna ("Take A Bow") and Keri Hilson ("Pretty Girl Rock").

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    Everyone knows "Irreplaceable" by Beyonce... well Ne-Yo co-wrote that 2006 hit!

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    Ne-Yo's real name is Shaffer Smith.

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    Ne-Yo got his nickname from a friend who compared his talent in music to Neo’s abilities in The Matrix.

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    Ne-Yo moved to Motown Records and became the senior VP of A&R.

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    Ne-Yo signed with Def Jam Records in 2006 and stayed there until 2012 when he moved to Motown.

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    In less than five years, Ne-Yo produced 3 No.1 albums!

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    Ne-Yo won his first Grammy way back in 2008. He has won two more since!

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    His mother is of African American and Chinese descent.

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    He wrote music for Disney's The Princess and the Frog.

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    Ne-Yo was born in Arkansas but grew up in Las Vegas.

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    The singer/songwriter doesn't like to appear in public without a hat!

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    Ne-Yo has two children with actress Monyetta Shaw.

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    Ne-Yo has also appeared in feature films like Stomp the Yard, Save the Last Dance 2, and most recently Red Tails.

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    In 2007 Ne-Yo founded "The Compound Foundation" which is a national organization which aims to enhance the well-being of youth growing up in foster care and group homes.

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    As part of a "Music Therapy" division of the foundation, they aim to build recording studios in group centers.

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    Ne-Yo's birthday is October 18th, and this Libra is 33 years old.

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    In December of 2012 Ne-Yo performed his hit "Let Me Love You," and "She Is," on Saturday Night Live.

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    Ne-Yo's hit "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" reached number three on Billboard's radio songs.

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    Ne-Yo has recently written some new material for Celine Dion!

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    Before he found success as Ne-Yo, he went by the name of Go-Go. Good call with the nickname change!

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    Ne-Yo's hit collaboration with Calvin Harris reached #17 on Billboard Hot 100.

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    Ne-Yo owns a production company called Compound Entertainment which has a roster of artists including Adrienne Bailon.

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    Oops! In 2008, Ne-Yo was arrested for reckless driving and driving without a valid license. He was sentenced to 24 hours of community service.

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    Ne-Yo served as a mentor on Cee-Lo Green's team on NBC's The Voice.

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