Shaffer Chimere Smith better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Ne-Yo was born in Camden, Arkansas. His father is of African American and Chinese descent and his mother is African-American. Ne-Yo gained fame for his songwriting abilities when he penned his 2004 hit "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario. The single's successful release in the United States prompted an informal meeting between Ne-Yo and Def Jam's label head, and the signing of a recording contract. In 2011 Ne-Yo was approached by Cartoon Network to help create an animated series. Ne-Yo announced that the show would be titled I Heart Tuesday and that he had created it for his sister. Ne-Yo appeared in an episode of the seventh season of CSI: NY as a hit-man, under his birth name of Shaffer Smith. In 2011, Ne-Yo appeared in an episode of The Fresh Beat Band as himself. He starred as the Tin Man in NBC musical telecast adaptation of The Wiz. The musical telecast premiered December 3, 2015 as a three-hour event. For his performance, he received a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie made for Television or Limited Series.

Known For


Cast Credits

Step Up: High Water (2018)
Starring as Sage Odom
World of Dance (2017)
Starring as Judge (5 episodes)
About the Business (2016)
Starring as Ne-Yo
Lip Sync Battle (2015)
Guest starring as Ne-Yo
TripTank (2014)
Starring as Various
The Real (2013)
Guest starring as Ne-Yo
  • Episode 5x96: Ne-Yo (May 29, 2017)
Hollywood Game Night (2013)
Guest starring as Ne-Yo (2 episodes)
The Mindy Project (2012)
Guest starring as Marcus (2 episodes)
Steve Harvey (2012)
Guest starring as Ne-Yo
Ridiculousness (2011)
Guest starring as Ne-Yo
  • Episode 6x01: Ne-Yo (Jan 1, 2015)
Extreme Weight Loss (2011)
Guest starring as Ne-Yo
  • Episode 5x08: Rachel (Jul 28, 2015) [Special Guest Star]
90210 (2008)
Guest starring as Ne-Yo
  • Episode 5x07: 99 Problems (Nov 26, 2012) [Special Guest Star]
America's Got Talent (2006)
Guest starring as Guest Judge
The X Factor (2004)
Guest starring as Ne-Yo (2 episodes)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Guest starring as Ne-Yo
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)
Guest starring as Ne-Yo
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (1992)
Guest starring as Ne-Yo
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Guest starring as Ne-Yo