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American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor NeYo is back!

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The Miss Independent crooner spoke extensively about being himself through the stage and behind it, as well as his hopes to win a grammy in the nearest future.

See all he said:

“I know the music industry is based on a lot of smoke and mirrors in a lot of cases, such as making things look like one thing versus what it actually is. I feel like I’ve been here long enough that I’ve surpassed the need for any of that.

“Towards the beginning of my first album, for example, there was a big debate on whether or not I should tell people how old I was or not. I was like, ‘Why would you not? Why does that matter?’

“My hope just in regards of staying true to myself has never really been an issue for me. I never really created a difference between Shaffer Smith, my actual name, and NeYo. They are kind of one in the same. It’s been a bit of a gift and a curse. As far as Shaffer Smith is concerned, I’ve never viewed myself as a celebrity. I’ve never viewed myself as above anybody else or anything like that. I’m a regular guy at the end of the day. I like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and The Powerpuff Girls.

“I’ve just kind of always been me and been unapologetic about it and I think that that resonates with my fans. You can hear it in my music and you can hear me, my voice, my tone, my passion. I’ve always been who I am.

“I’m happy about what I’ve accomplished, but all of the people that I look up to musically all have Grammys in double digits, so as far as I’m concerned, I still have some work to do.”

Written by Clement Oluwasegun

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