Usher (R&B singer-songwriter Usher Raymond Ⅳ)
Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Born in Dallas, Texas but raised and lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 12, his mother put him in local singing competitions, before catching the attention of a music A&R from LaFace Records. In August 1994 he released his self-titled debut album, Usher with the lead singles "Can U Get wit It" and "Think of You". He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his sophomore album My Way (1997), which spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "Nice & Slow". The album has been certified 6-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. My Way also earned Usher his first Grammy Award nomination for his debut single "You Make Me Wanna..." that reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart and US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts, as well as number two on the Hot 100 chart. His follow-up album, 8701, produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad" as the former won him his first Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002, before "U Don't Have to Call" winning him his second in 2003.
Usher's 2004 album, Confessions, established him as one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide, bolstered by its four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one singles — "Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II", and "My Boo" — and has been certified Diamond by the RIAA. In 2005, Confessions won 3 Grammy Awards as Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Yeah!”, and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for ” My Boo”.
His follow-ups, Here I Stand (2008) and Raymond v. Raymond (2010), debuted atop the Billboard 200 and produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Love in This Club" and "OMG". The EP, Versus, also produced the successful Hot 100 top-five single "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love". In 2011, Raymond v. Raymond earned him two Grammy Awards as Best Contemporary R&B Album, as well as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "There Goes My Baby" that reached number-one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. His seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself (2012), debuted atop of the Billboard 200 chart and produced the Hot 100 top-ten single "Scream". It earned him a Grammy Award in 2013 as Best R&B Performance for "Climax", which reached number-one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 23.8 million albums and 38.2 million digital songs in the United States alone. To date, his worldwide sales stand over 43 million albums and 75 million records overall, making him one of the best-selling music artists. Usher has won numerous awards including eighteen Billboard Music Awards and eight Grammy Awards. At the end of 2009, Billboard named him the number-one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade, the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade and ranking Confessions as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Billboard also placed him at number six on their list of "Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years", and has been inducted into the 29th Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 number-one singles. In 2008, he started his own record label Raymond-Braun Media Group (RBMG) a joint venture with talent manager Scooter Braun. The most prominent artist Raymond represents is Justin Bieber. Under Raymond's minority ownership, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA championship.