WATCH ALL YOUR FAVORITE BET SHOWS

7 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written Or Produced By Ne-Yo

The two-time Soul Train Awards winner has written songs for some of the hottest acts of today.

The ability to create a smash record isn’t a skill set many possess in the music industry--let alone writing one that you know will be a success for another artist.

Since getting his start in the late 90’s, Ne-Yo has since gone on to write songs for global superstars such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Mario and among others--many of which have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It’s clear that Ne-Yo has proven time and time again that when it comes to this thing called writing a great  r&b and soul record, the multifaceted artist is at the top of his class.

Here are six times Ne-Yo showed fans that not only can he sing but his pen game and producing skill are top notch.

  • Jennifer Hudson “Spotlight”

    Ne-Yo co-wrote and co-produced Hudson’s debut song with the production duo Stargate. The song went on to receive two Grammy nominations for "Best R&B Song" and "Best Female R&B Song".

  • Keri Hilson “Pretty Girl Rock”

    The two-time Soul Train Awards winner not only exuded soul and R&B in this track he co-wrote with Chuck Harmony, but it made for a great Black girl anthem. The accompanying music video paid tribute to some iconic female figures in music.

  • Mario "Let Me Love You"

    Not only did Ne-Yo write this 2004 hit - which went double platinum and spent nine weeks at the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 he also provided some background vocals.

  • LeToya “Not Anymore”

    This record was arguably checked off every box for a perfect soul record: it has the perfect tempo, the lyrics describing a relationship no longer worth pursuing and a video straight out of Motown.

  • En Vogue “Rocket”

    The iconic girl group tapped Ne-Yo after returning for their seventh studio album Electric Café. The track debuted at number 28 on the US Billboard Adult R&B Songs.

  • Rihanna "Take A Bow"

    Ne-Yo and Stargate teamed up again for this classic top-charting R&B ballad from Rihanna that went on to become quadruple platinum. However, it wouldn’t be the last time Ne-Yo would come through for the Barbadian music queen.

    Watch the 2021 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

Latest News

Subscribe for BET Updates

Provide your email address to receive our newsletter.

Select the types of notification you would like to receive from us. Please note, you must choose at least one.


By clicking subscribe, I consent to receiving newsletters and other marketing emails. Newsletters are subject to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Users can unsubscribe at any time.