American recording artist and actor
Usher Raymond IV performs under the mononym Usher. He is an American recording artist and actor. Usher rose to fame in the 1990s, releasing the multi-platinum album My Way (1997) and 8701 (2001). His success continued with Confessions (2004), which has sold over ten million copies in the United States, and been certified diamond by the RIAA.
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At that time there was a pop phenomenon that was all very Disney and Nickelodeon. But here was a guy who was the antithesis to all that. He had introduced himself to the world online. I knew then if we could guide him then we’d have a product that is the Justin you see. Nobody pushed me to do anything. Aged 12 I told my mother, ‘Listen this is what I want to do with my life and I need your support.’ I felt like I had a great talent.
— Usher about meeting Justin Bieber for the first time / February 13, 2011
Simon and I have talked about doing things together and I always try to be supportive of people who are friends of mine,
— Usher would consider a judging role in X Factor / February 11, 2011
Losing one of the world’s greatest entertainers is sad — while we didn’t get the opportunity to see him perform here, let’s pay tribute to him. Michael, we will never forget you – we will always remember,
— Usher paid a tribute at a gig to pop star Michael Jackson / February 06, 2011
The small of a woman’s back is sexy. There is a tenderness a woman has that could make a man fall to his knees and a strength that will tell him to be the greatest of all.
— Usher / November 15, 2010
For a woman to be able to dominate and also be feminine and soft, that’s a talent. And it’s not all about appearance. A woman who has a brain, who is street-smart and book-smart — that woman is very, very sexy to me.
— Usher about women / November 15, 2010