Ne-Yo is African American and Chinese American. While a teenager, Ne-Yo wrote lyrics for other artists, such as Youngstown and Mario, for whom he wrote "Let Me Love You". The song became "one of the most-played songs on urban radio stations across the U.S." Ne-Yo has released four studio albums: In My Own Words (2006), Because of You (2007), Year of the Gentleman (2008), and Libra Scale (2010). His debut album, In My Own Words, was released in early 2006 through Def Jam Recordings, and debuted at number one on Billboard 200. More than 301,000 copies were sold in the first week, and the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America after more than two million copies were sold in the United States and four million worldwide. His second album, Because of You, was released on May 1, 2007, and its first single was "Because of You".
Ne-Yo has received several nominations at the Grammy Awards during his career; among these are Best Contemporary R&B Album for In My Own Words, Because of You and Year of the Gentleman, Album of the Year for Year of the Gentleman, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "So Sick", "Because of You" and "Miss Independent", Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Closer", Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group for "Hate That I Love You" and Best R&B Song for "Hate That I Love You" and "Miss Independent". The MTV Video Music Awards has nominated Ne-Yo once, in 2008 for Best Dancing in a Video for "Closer". Ne-Yo has also received one award from six nominations at the BET Awards. Overall, Ne-Yo has received 8 awards from 31 nominations.
Recently, Ne-Yo was honored with four awards at the 2009 ASCAP "Rhythm & Soul Awards." Ne-Yo took home awards for "Closer", "Take a Bow", "Miss Independent", and “Bust it Baby II.”
American Music Awards
The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. Ne-Yo has received two nominations.
|2006||Ne-Yo||Favorite R&B/Soul Male Artist||Nominated|
|2007||Ne-Yo||Favorite R&B/Soul Male Artist||Nominated|
The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television (BET) network. Ne-Yo has received two awards from seven nominations.
|2006||Ne-Yo||Best New Artist||Nominated|
|Best Male R&B Artist||Nominated|
|"So Sick"||Viewer's Choice||Nominated|
|2007||Ne-Yo||Best Male R&B Artist||Won|
|"Because of You"||Viewer's Choice||Nominated|
|2008||Ne-Yo||Best Male R&B Artist||Nominated|
|2009||Ne-Yo||Best Male R&B Artist||Won|
BET Hip Hop Awards
The BET Hip Hop Awards is an annual awards show hosted by BET. Ne-Yo has received four nominations.
|2007||"Make Me Better" (with Fabolous)||Best Hip-Hop Collabo||Nominated|
|2008||"Bust It Baby Pt. 2"||Ringtone of the Year||Nominated|
|People's Champ Award||Nominated|
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
The Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards is sponsored by Billboard magazine, is one of several United States music awards shows (among the others are the Grammy Awards and the American Music Awards).
|2006||Ne-Yo||Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist||Nominated|
The MOBO Awards is an awards ceremony established in 1995 by Kanya King. Ne-Yo has received two awards from seven nominations.
|2006||"So Sick"||Best Song||Nominated|
|Ne-Yo||Best International Male||Nominated|
|Best R&B Act||Nominated|
|2007||"Because of You"||Best Song||Won|
|Best International Act||Nominated|
|2010||Ne-Yo||Best International Act||Nominated|
MTV Video Music Awards
The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV. Ne-Yo has received two nominations.
MTV Video Music Awards Japan
|2007||"So Sick"||Best New Artist Video||Won|
|Best R&B Video||Nominated|
|2008||Because of You||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"Because of You"||Best Male Video||Won|
|Best Karaokee Song||Nominated|
|2009||Year of the Gentleman||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"Closer"||Best Male Video||Nominated|
|"Miss Independent"||Best R&B Video||Nominated|
|2011||"Champagne Life"||Best R&B Video||Nominated|
Soul Train Music Awards
The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual awards show that honors black musicians and entertainers. Ne-Yo has received one award from five nominations.
|2007||Ne-Yo||Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist||Won|
|"Sexy Love"||Best R&B/Soul Male Single||Nominated|
|2009||"Knock You Down"||Record of the Year||Nominated|
|"Knock You Down"||Best Collaboration||Won|
|Year of the Gentleman||Album of the Year||Nominated|
The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Ne-Yo has won three awards from 12 nominations.