GRAMMY-winning artist Ne-Yo was among the participants at the recent GRAMMY GPS: A Road Map For Today's Music Pro hosted by The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter. During the event, Ne-Yo participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com, discussing his creative influences, the themes in his music, collaborating with artists such as Beyoncé, and his forthcoming album, R.E.D., among other topics.
"R.E.D. is an acronym that stands for Realizing Every Dream," said Ne-Yo. "I have my diehard R&B fans on one side of the spectrum and my diehard pop and dance fans on the other side of the spectrum. I made sure that with this album there is an equal amount of songs … so that everybody can enjoy it."
Born Shaffer Smith in Camden, Ark., Ne-Yo released his debut album, In My Own Words, in 2006. His sophomore album, Because Of You, earned him his first career GRAMMY for Best Contemporary R&B Album. Both albums peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Released in 2008, his third album, Year Of The Gentleman, spawned two Top 10 hits, "Closer" and "Miss Independent." The latter song won GRAMMYs for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. Ne-Yo's fourth album, Libra Scale, was released in 2010 and became his fourth consecutive Top 10 album.
Scheduled for release Nov. 6, R.E.D. is Ne-Yo's first album on Motown Records. The album features collaborations with Tim McGraw and Wiz Khalifa, and the single "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)," which peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.