This week, Usher Raymond received a star on the Walk of Fame. Usher shared the exciting news on his Instagram, writing:
Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this point ?? #Humbled #WalkOfFame
At the age of 12, Usher’s mother put him in local singing competitions, before catching the attention of a music A&R from LaFace Records. In August 1994 he released his self-titled debut album, Usher with the lead singles “Can U Get wit It” and “Think of You”. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his sophomore album My Way (1997), which spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, “Nice & Slow”. The album has been certified 6-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. My Way also earned Usher his first Grammy Award nomination in 1998 for his debut single “You Make Me Wanna…” that reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart and US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts, and his second nomination with “My Way” in 1999. 8701 (2001), produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “U Remind Me” and “U Got It Bad” as the former won him his first Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002, before “U Don’t Have to Call” winning him his second in 2003.
Confessions (2004) established him as one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide, bolstered by its four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one singles —”Yeah!”, “Burn”, “Confessions Part II”, and “My Boo”—and has been certified Diamond by the RIAA. The album collected 3 Grammy Awards in 2005. Here I Stand (2008) and Raymond v. Raymond (2010), debuted atop the Billboard 200, certified Platinum, and produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “Love in This Club” and “OMG”. The EP, Versus, also produced the Hot 100 top-five single “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love”. Looking 4 Myself (2012), debuted atop of the Billboard 200 chart and produced the Hot 100 top-ten single “Scream”. Raymond v. Raymond and Looking 4 Myself collectively garnered 3 Grammy Awards, notably for R&B singles “There Goes My Baby” and “Climax” that reached number-one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 23.8 million albums and 38.2 million digital songs in the United States alone. To date, his worldwide sales stand over 43 million albums and 75 million records overall, making him one of the best-selling music artists. Usher has won numerous awards including eighteen Billboard Music Awards and eight Grammy Awards. At the end of 2009, Billboard named him the number-one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade, the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, and ranked Confessions as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Billboard also placed him at number six on their list of “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years”. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 number-one singles. He has been inducted into the 29th Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2008, he started his own record label Raymond-Braun Media Group (RBMG) a joint venture with talent manager Scooter Braun. The most prominent artist Raymond represents is Justin Bieber. Under Raymond’s minority ownership, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA championship.
Congrats to Usher!