Usher

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27 Feb, 2002
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Wins Grammy

Grammy

Usher wins the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for U Remind Me.

23 Feb, 2003
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Wins Grammy

Grammy

Usher wins the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for U Don’t Have To Call.

13 Feb, 2005
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Wins Grammy

Grammy

Usher wins the Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album for My Confessions.

1 Mar, 2008
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Usher auditions

Audition

Usher auditions Justin Bieber in Atlanta sometime in early 2008.  It is his first time out of Canada. Scooter Braun drives to the studio and they meet Usher in the parking lot. Bieber asks Usher if he could sing one of his songs for him.

No little buddy, just come inside, it’s cold out.

A week later Bieber flew back to to Atlanta:

I sang for him and his people and he really wanted to sign me then and there but I still had a meeting with Justin Timberlake who also wanted to sign me. It turned out Usher’s deal was way better. He had L.A. Reid backing him up and Scooter had a lot of really good connections in Atlanta. I always tease Usher now and remind him how he blew me off the first time we met.

10 Sep, 2008
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Expecting second child

Usher and his wife are expecting their second child together.

I’m so proud to be a father by the time I’m 30. I’d hate to be 80 years old and not be able to run with my kids. I need to still be able to do flips when they’re in high school!

1 Oct, 2008
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Signs to Island/Def Jam Records

After an audition with Usher, Bieber signs a recording contract with Island/Def Jam Records chairman L.A. Reid.

Usher called and said I have something really special for you. I have a gift for you. He brought Justin in. Justin had a guitar, he payed piano, he sang for me. I thought he was amazing. It was a no-brainer.

Reid later says that if he had known that Bieber had been rejected by other record companies first, he wouldn’t have signed him.

L.A. Reid tells Quddus how he signed Justin Bieber

13 Jun, 2009
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Usher, Foster divorce

Usher files for divorce from Foster, after almost 2 years. His mother didn’t approve of the relationship and it caused a big strain on the couple’s relationship.

My wife is not 40 years old. I love her to death and I’m a black, strong man in America standing up for my people — as a man to my wife, to my son, to my family. I’m making a stand that a lot of us should make. I coulda been like any other man who has a child and live with that woman and continue to just play the game. I’m trying to do it the right way. This is the way you’re supposed to do it! Pay attention, fellas.

6 Nov, 2009
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Divorce finalized

Usher and Foster’s divorce is finalized. Usher claims the marriage is irretrievably broken with no reasonable hope of reconciliation. Foster:

I had every reason to believe the marriage was intact.

27 Nov, 2009
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Tameka Foster interview

Interview

Williams interviews celebrity stylist Tameka Foster on The Wendy Williams experiment on her career and what she thinks of Usher’s relationship with his mother.

You know a lot of rumors are started by music and record label people. It’s bad because Usher and his mother have a very unique relationship. He loves his mother very much. He takes his mother to every award show. Like that’s his date most times. He loves his mother, he respects his mother but they have its almost like a split personality relationship. She’s his manager so when their talking about management, business, numbers, times, dates. It’s like that but that’s mommy. He kisses on her, that’s mommy.

Wendy Williams interviews Tameka Foster

13 Feb, 2011
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Wins Grammy

Grammy

indexUsher wins Grammys for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for There Goes My Baby and Best Contemporary R&B Album for Raymond V Raymond.

30 Mar, 2012
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Album release date

download (3)Usher announces the title and release date of his seventh album. Looking For Myself will be released on June 12. Climax is the album’s first singleAlbum release date is June, 12.

Climax is the beginning of the albums experience, and it’s a little bit different, but at the same time maybe reminiscent of what you’ve heard and felt before. This is it… if I had to give it a name… it would be relevant music… it would be electro-soul.

 

10 Feb, 2013
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Wins Grammy

Grammy

imagesUsher wins Grammy for Best R&B Performance for Climax. This is his ninth Grammy.

As someone who completely lost their voice at one point for a year that people have recognized my music and there is an award there for it I appreciate it. This was a journey about finding a way to show my talent, and the nature of the sound and creating unique sounds and this was the opening of the shell.

7 May, 2014
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Sing

Announcement

Usher teams up with Ed Sheeran for song on his next album. Sheeran explains:

I was at a Passover dinner and sat next to Usher, it was quite random. I met him once before, but never enough to be like ‘Yo what’s up man?’ but he went over to me with his phone and he’s like ‘Yo check it out’ and he downloaded Sing. And he was like ‘Yo, man, do you want to get in the studio sometime?’ and I was like ‘Yes, Usher, I would love to get into the studio sometime. I had this guitar idea on my phone it was literally just a voice note and I emailed it to Skrillex then he took it in sampled it and made a beat out of it, and then me and Usher just went back and forth on melody ideas and lyric ideas.

It was a very random studio session where he was forcing me to try new things and really pushing me outside my comfort zone and we just ended up with that song. I think he knew how special it was and I needed a lot of convincing and I’m glad he convinced me

Ed Sheeran – Sing [Official]

3 Jun, 2014
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BET Awards performer

User will perform at the BET Music Awards along with Parrell Williams, Trey Songz and lil Wayne. Chris rock will be the host of the awards.

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How Does It Feel

TV Appearance

Usher and fellow the Voice coach Adam Levine perform a cover of D’Angalo’s How Does It Feel. Usher also performs with his artist Josh Kaufman, on a cover of Police’s Every Breath You Take.

Adam Levine and Usher: "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" (The Voice Highlight)

7 Jun, 2014
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Usher: Bieber not a racist

Makes Statement

Usher releases a public statement about Bieber via his Instagram account..

At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgement, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort. As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist. What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes.

26 Aug, 2014
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She Came To Give It To You video

Usher releases the music video for his song She Came To Give It To You featuring Minaj. Directed by Philip Andelman the video features Usher and Minaj performing in a packed night club. Usher:

For me, it (the video) felt like, ‘Let’s go against the grain of what you think this song’s gonna be about. But also, too, give you what you feel you were getting ready to get.

Usher – She Came To Give It To You ft. Nicki Minaj

2 Sep, 2014
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Tour anouncement

Interview

Seacrest interviews Usher during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him about his latest tour.

I’ve been busy. Just making my way back to the stage has been kind of the greatest anticipation of this year and now I’m ready. I’ll be touring on North America in 27 cities and I’m really excited about it. This will be] like no other [tour] before. Twenty years of doing this, musically, I’ve graced every stage there is, but never quite like this. This is going to be a new experience that does not arrive based off of one album, or either the launch of this most-recent album, which I’m not finished yet. I’m still working on it. I just really want to get back on the stage. You see me playing the bass, you see me playing the guitar, you see me playing the drums. It’s just a different experience.

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