15 Famous Artists We Were Surprised To Learn Started Out In Boy Bands And Girl Groups

July 17, 2014  |  
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Ne-Yo

Before he was Ne-Yo, Shaffer Smith, aka, “GoGo” was part of the R&B group Envy, and they did everything they could to get attention and get signed. They even tried to compete on amateur night of Showtime at the Apollo, only to be booed for some sketchy vocals that we’ll blame on nerves. The group eventually went their separate ways in 2000 after failing to blow up. Smith went on to try and start his solo career, but on the way, became one of the most popular and successful songwriters of the ’00s.

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