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Usher Raymond IV, October 14, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, but not long after he was born, his mother moved the family to Chattanooga TN. By age 12 they lived in Atlanta where Usher began entering local talent shows. He was performing at a "Star Search" competition at age 13 when an A&R rep from LaFace spotted him and arranged an audition with L.A. Reid. At 14, Usher had a contract and a debut LaFace single, "Call Me a Mack."
Usher benefited from constant support and encouragement from his mother, Jonnetta Patton. "She showed me the difference between good and evil," Usher told Interview. Members of his extended family were fans of R&B music and exposure to varying artists influenced him when he was young. The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," inspired him to him think about singing himself.
In 1994, Usher released his first album with executive producer, P. Diddy. After graduating high school in 1997, Usher released his second album titled My Way and in 1998, he was Janet Jackson’s opening act for her Velvet Rope Tour. In August 2001, Usher released the album 8701. In March 2004, his fourth album, Confessions, sold more than 2.8 million copies.
Usher has risen from genuine teen idol to mature pop star. He received a 1998 Grammy award nomination for Best Male R&B vocal performance and has launched a successful acting career and media empire. He was named by Billboard Awards as Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Artist. In 2004 he won multiple American Music Awards: Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artists, Favorite Soul/R&B Album and Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artists. His international appeal was flexed in 2011 when Billboard Latin Awards named him Crossover Artist of the Year.
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A singer, songwriter, actor, and producer, Timberlake’s solo recording career began in 2001 and his brand of pop has been so successful that he's been branded ‘The new King of Pop.’
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Usher has risen from genuine teen idol to mature pop star. He received a 1998 Grammy award nomination for Best Male R&B vocal performance and has launched a successful acting career and media empire.
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