Usher Raymond has been one of the most popular entertainers of this century. Also known as the King of R&B, Usher used his smooth vocals to propel him to superstardom,becoming one of the highest-selling artists in the U.S. Usher got his start at a very young age with the R&B group NuBeginnings, and released his first solo album at 16.
It was his 1997 album, My Way, that would put him on the map, with appearances from artists such as Lil' Kim, Monica and Jermaine Dupri. The album became certified six-times platinum and sold more than 3.7 million copies. His 2004 release, Confessions, sold 1.1 million copies in its first week and featured some of Usher's most iconic hits including "Yeah," "My Boo" and "Burn." Confessions would eventually earn him a trio of Grammys and is considered to be one of the best albums of the 2000s. 2008's Here I Stand was also a commercial success, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.