Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1982 in Camden, Arkansas), better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American Grammy Award winning R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor. Beginning his career as a songwriter, Ne-Yo penned the hit "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario. The single's successful release in the United States prompted an informal meeting between Ne-Yo and Def Jam's label head, and the signing of a recording contract.
In 2006, he released his debut album, In My Own Words, which contained the US number one hit "So Sick", as well as the top 10 hit "Sexy Love". In 2007, he released his second album, Because of You, which contained the US top 3 hit, "Because of You". The album won a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album. In 2008, he released his third album, Year of the Gentleman, which contained the top 10 hits "Closer", "Mad" and the Grammy award winning track "Miss Independent". His fourth studio album, Libra Scale, was released on November 22, 2010. It debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200, selling 112,000 copies in its first week
The stagename "Ne-Yo" was coined by Big D Evans, a producer with whom Ne-Yo once worked, because Evans claimed that Ne-Yo sees music as Neo sees the matrix. In 2009, Billboard ranked Ne-Yo as the 57th Artist of the 2000s decade. In addition to a successful recording career, Ne-Yo has amassed a catalog of chart-topping songs that he has written for other artists.
Ne-Yo has a new album titled Non-Fiction, which will be released at the end of January 2015.