BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 Presented by Sprite - Arrivals

Ne-Yo in 2014, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Shaffer Chimere Smith

Place of Birth: Camden, Arkansas, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 18, 1979

Ethnicity: African-American, possibly some Chinese

Ne-Yo is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and dancer.

He is the son of Loraine (Parham) and Wiley L. Smith. His parents are both black. Ne-Yo has also stated (at the 4:18 mark) that he has some degree of Chinese ancestry on his father’s side.

Ne-Yo is married to Crystal Renay Williams. He has two children with his former partner Monyetta Shaw; and two children with Crystal.

Ne-Yo’s maternal grandfather’s surname is Parham. Ne-Yo’s grandfather’s brother, Bobby Parham, is a member of the band The Dramatic Force.

Ne-Yo’s maternal grandmother was named Rosie M.

Ne-Yo in 2008, photo by Adam J. Sablich /


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