Ne-Yo Named #16 On VIBE’s “21 Most Important Black Artists Alive Under 40″ List
You may not always know it, but Ne-Yo is your favorite male R&B artist. One of the few charmed songwriters whose showmanship matches his penmanship, if you’re not copping Ne-Yo’s soul-preserving albums, you’re adding to his song credit bank. Penning the most beloved songs of our time for others (see Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable”) and himself, no matter how much the current rap&b hybrid soars, Ne-Yo’s spot can never be smudged. —T.G.
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