Fresh from the 55th annual GRAMMY Awards held last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles; Singer/Songwriter/Producer – NE-YO is music's jubilant go-to-guy. The headline photo showcases more of NE-YO’s debonair fashion sense; donning a sporty Yves Saint Laurent blazer, pictured at the honorary Clive Davis pre-GRAMMY gala, which happened to reappear in Miguel’s “Adorn” live-performance.
The private gala event paid homage to industry icons; whereas R&B/Soul’s leading men – NE-YO & fellow crooner Usher (pictured above) honored former X Factor judge and legendary record executive, Antonio “L.A.” Reid. Interestingly enough, NE-YO hinted last night; he’s currently in negotiations for a judge role on the new season of reality-TV’s favorite guilty-pleasure, The X Factor.
NE-YO didn't perform last night; however he presented with newcomer Carly Rae Jepsen at the climax of the awards show for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Rapper, JAY Z & boycotter Kanye West took home the honor along with collaborators Frank Ocean and The-Dream; for “No Church in the Wild” off last year’s Batman & Robin-esque album – Watch the Throne.
Despite being snubbed in the R&B category, NE-YO was nominated for a gold-plated trophy in the Best Dance Recording category for “Let’s Go” a collaboration effort with UK’s international-success, Calvin Harris. The song nod was bested by Skrillex’s – "Bangarang" leaving him reluctant to already having not one, not two – but three GRAMMY’s under his belt.
Team NE-YO fans in Miami, FL who were disappointed that the "Champagne Life" star didn't perform last night –.can catch him live at the concert event of the year; the 8th annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival takes place March 16th & 17th at Sun Life stadium. The cultural mainstay will feature NE-YO and an incredible line-up: Mary Mary, Earth, Wind & Fire, Monica, New Edition, Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, Rachelle Ferrell, Babyface and many more.
Über-MUSIC fans tickets are now available for purchase; click here, for the hottest seat in town. For even more exclusive details on the star-studded Jazz in the Gardens event featuring NE-YO, visit Uptown magazine’s website.
NE-YO's full-length 6th album R.E.D. is also available for download on iTunes and Amazon.