Send For The Sandman! 9 Celebs Who Got Rejected Or Booed Off The Apollo Stage Before Making It Big

November 8, 2012 ‐ By IndigoBlack


Anybody that watched Ne-Yo’s Vh1 “Behind The Music” probably knows about his time gracing the Apollo stage–and then ferociously being booed off. While participating in the competition with his boy band, Envy, Ne-Yo (rocking slicked down auburn hair–a travesty) and his boys dressed in black and sang the song, “Playas in the Hood” which Ne-Yo later sold to Donell Jones (which was changed to “In The Hood (Playas Version)”). While they had the look and the moves down, their voices sounded like dogs barking at the moon, and the audience took notice. Folks jumped up and booed like their lives depended on it. Luckily the boos weren’t so bad that they couldn’t complete their performance, but the minute they were finished, the audience proved to be finished with them. The best part of the whole video might be when Steve Harvey says, “From Las Vegas; Envy!” and someone answers, “BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”


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  • Just/Shaffer’s/Auntie

    I love being that Man’s Auntie. I love my Mere Mere! So sad that you would rather critique his hairline than appreciate his music. OMG the shallowness.

  • Sheena

    I’m sorry but who is Ne-Yo fooling keep talking about he’s not gay. Its ok boo-boo come out of the closet and be happy with who you really are because that burnt orange slick down fade with the waves in the back clearly just outed you.

    • Jay

      So? Umm Sisco had a platinum blonde/silver caesar cut for YEARS but I’m pretty sure he’s very straight, though it could’ve all been a masquerade, especially The Thong Song (Yup, tell the world you love women in thongs and they’ll never guess… ). But I guess he was just inspired by him, I mean consider the time period and the fact he was in a boy band like him…

  • I remember when they were booing Lyfe, and that boy had TALENT!! Wooo… Just goes to show you to never give up, despite what anyone has to say!

  • Okay Madame Noire these adds are killing me…can you tone them down just a bit? Please, and thank you. On another note…dang…how long has NeYo been balled??? That group didn’t harmonize or anything my goodness.

  • guest

    um mr. brown never performed at apollo as an amateur

  • chanela

    omg i STILL boo tracy morgan!! hes annoying!

  • Devvy

    Regected??? Really?

  • James Brown
    Lyfe Jennings
    Neyo; when i saw that story on behind the music hilarious!
    Kathy Griffin, but recently?!! that must have been awkward in a hilarious way!

    • Na Na

      And wth was Al Sharpton doing with Cathy Griffin at the Apollo? things that make u go hmmmmm…

  • laila

    lmso @ Envy!!!! In The Hood is still my jam…

  • KJ23