Usher

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Usher Terry Raymond IV
  • Birth Place: Dallas, TX
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/14/1978, Libra
  • Profession: Singer; songwriter; actor
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Usher Fast Facts:
  • Mother was the choir director of St. Elmo's Missionary Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN.
  • Was part of the preteen singing group Nu Beginning, which released the 1992 album Keep Dreamin'.
  • At age 13, he was spotted by a LaFace A&R scout at a Star Search competition.
  • Released his first single, "Call Me a Mack" from the Poetic Justice soundtrack, at age 14 and made his solo debut album the next year.
  • Three singles from his 2004 CD Confessions—"Yeah!" with Lil' Jon and Ludacris, "Burn" and "Confessions Part II"—made the Top 10 in the same week.
  • Became a part owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005.
  • Involved in various charity efforts, including the Hurricane Katrina relief concert, and his own organization, New Look, which aims to provide young people with a new perspective on life through education and hands-on experiences.
  • Usher Relationships:
  • Jonetta Patton - Mother
  • Ben Vereen - Godparent
  • Tameka Raymond - Ex-wife
  • Naviyd Ely Raymond - Son
  • James Lackey - Half Brother
  • Usher Raymond V - Son
  • Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas - Ex-significant Other
  • Usher Raymond III - Father
  • Usher Awards:
  • 2005 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Combined Forces - Winner
  • 2002 Grammy: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2012 Grammy: Best R&B Performance - Winner
  • 2004 Grammy: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - Winner
  • 2004 Grammy: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Winner
  • 2005 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male Musical Performer - Winner
  • 2011 People's Choice Awards: Favorite R&B Artist - Winner
  • 2004 Grammy: Best Contemporary R&B Album - Winner
  • 2001 Grammy: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2010 Grammy: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2010 Grammy: Best Contemporary R&B Album - Winner

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