NBC World of Dance fans know Ne-Yo as the swagger expert, but what lead him to the judges panel? The answer is a career packed full of achievements that showcase his talent in singing, dancing, and acting. To prepare for the Season 3 premiere in less than a week, we’ve rounded up the highlights from throughout his career.
#1 Ne-Yo as a Songwriter
Before he took to the stage, Ne-Yo wrote songs for other performers. One of the most popular songs he wrote is “Let Me Love You” which is sung by Mario. This song, released in 2004, stayed at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 for nine weeks.
#2 2006 Debut Album
Ne-yo’s career as a performer started off rocky. He started off his solo career with Colombia Records, however after waiting over a year for his album project to be released, he resigned Colombia Records. Nevertheless, In My Own Words debuted in 2006 and put Ne-Yo on everyone’s radar by climbing to the top spot of the Billboard 200. This album featured singles such as the heartbreaking “So Sick” and the suave “Sexy Love.”
#3 Stomp the Yard
Ne-Yo has acted in a handful of movies, but his acting debut was in the 2007 movie Stomp the Yard. He plays the roommate of a talented street dancer. This movie allowed Ne-Yo to show off his acting skills. Later in his career he also acted in Red Tails and Girls Trip. (Photo source)
#4 The Wiz Live!
In 2015 Ne-Yo was able to truly prove himself as a triple threat when he starred as The Tin Man in The Wiz Live! He co-wrote an original song titled “We Got It” for the musical with Harvey Mason Jr. and Stephen Oremus with Elijah Kelley. His performance as The Tin Man even went viral on Twitter! (Photo source)
Ne-Yo brings the essential cool-factor to the World of Dance judges panel. He compliments the personalities and styles of both J-Lo and Derek by bringing his originality to the judges’ table.