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Monday's Connector: Usher

April 13th, 2010
12:33 PM ET

He is an American R&B singer who has won five Grammy Awards, runs his own label and company and is one of the most influential musicians in the world.

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Usher got his start in the music business when he appeared on the US talent show “Star Search” when he was 13 years old. His performance on the show eventually earned him a contract with LaFace Records.

Usher's first Grammy nomination was for best male R&B vocal performance for "You Make Me Wanna".

In 2002, Usher won his first Grammy award for "U Remind Me" and the year after Usher won the same award for his song "U Don't have to Call".

Usher is only the third artist to have achieved this double win, alongside Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder.

In March 2010, Usher released his sixth studio album "Raymond v. Raymond."

In addition to his musical work, Usher has an extensive base of philanthropic work as well.

Usher founded "New Look" which is a charitable organization which focuses on "providing young people with a new look on life through education and real-world experiences".

Usher is also joining President Bill Clinton as a panelist at the third Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fl. Usher will be at President Clinton’s CGI U event on behalf of Usher’s New Look, which empowers young people to become global and corporate leaders.  Usher and President Clinton previously partnered at the Clinton Global Initiative event in September 2009 to launch Powered By Service, a call to action through Usher’s New Look to provide $500 grants to support youth led service initiatives.

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  1. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Usher Raymond and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Usher Raymond to the following questions:
    – What does your latest album title Raymond v. Raymond really means?
    – What has triggered you to create your latest album Raymond v. Raymond?
    – What are you going to do to make sure that the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the National Basketball Association Championship in 2010?
    – What kind of relationship do you have with teen singer Justin Bieber?
    – What can we expect from you in 2010?
    – How are you inspiring people all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?

    I am awaiting Usher Raymond’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    April 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  2. izzo

    usher!!what made u believe that justin bieber would be a success the first time you saw him?what is your favourite song and artist at the moment!

    April 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  3. Ashley from Cincinnati, Ohio

    Usher I'm a huge fan of yours! What's your most favorite album you think you have done so far? P.S. Please come back to Cincinnati. I have never seen you perform live. lol

    April 13, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  4. Ashley from Cincinnati, Ohio

    What inspired you to do the New Look Camp?

    April 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  5. WEN3


    April 13, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  6. UshersUltimateFan

    My Questions For Usher Are.
    1) When Are You Coming Back To NYC To Preform Or Where Is Your Next Live Preformance Going to Be Held?
    2)Can You Please Follow Me On Twiiter?
    ushersultimatef Is My Screen Name
    3) Are You Going to Broadcast Any More Contest For Fans To Get Up Close With You?
    4) What Was Your Insperation For The Album Raymond v Raymond?
    5) What Is Your Favorite Brand Name Car that You Like To Drive When You Get the Chance Too?
    6) Who Will Be the Next Artist You Work with?
    7)When Your Home With the Boys Whats The One Game You Enjoy Playing With Them?


    You Can Get Back to Me At My Email. Jakinah@gmail.com

    April 14, 2010 at 3:51 am | Reply
  7. UshersUltimateFan

    Can Uou Please Follow Me ?www.twitter.com/ushersultimatef

    April 14, 2010 at 3:56 am | Reply
  8. Kyra Stewart

    I have this question for a Mr. Usher Raymond IV. When do you find it will be socially acceptable for you to personally establish to your musical and global audience the true nature of your immediate family and all of your young children? Please understand I am not in any light speaking of the highly published commercialized family representation of Tameka Glover. It is personal knowledge to many that you in fact are in high fear of a child whom you sand about in 2004; claiming to your musical audience and global observers it was a depiction from someone else’s affairs. Yet in still you have been constantly and consecutively known to sing about YOUR SELF?.

    Again, I ask you, when will you take apart this self- created this character and tell the world who you truly are and who you have truly been denying. It would be a shame for this beautiful illusion you call a career, a illusion that you and your billion dollar label have created, to come to a crumbling halt; all in light of the item you fear. Even worst the global perception that you are in fact as innocent as you try to display yourself as.

    How funny it comes to light, that you named your 2004” Confessions” album world tour “THE TRUTH TOUR”- Yet have not begun to – tell the truth.

    Yours Truly,

    Kyra Stewart
    Merrit Island, Florida
    Miami, Florida
    Born in Michigan

    I too am waiting Mr. Raymond’s reply (see you in court Usher)

    April 14, 2010 at 5:03 am | Reply
  9. abigail

    i love him but i kant tell

    April 14, 2010 at 10:24 am | Reply
  10. Adam

    Hey Usher!! When are you coming to perform in France? I hope I'll get to see you soon!!!


    April 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  11. larry

    How did you feel when you won your first grammy awards

    April 14, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  12. Idrissa Kargbo

    Hey usher!! You have been my favourite artist in our era,what are your plans for a visit in Africa especially my home country Sierra Leone.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  13. Richard Arthur

    i believe you are reaally doing a good work in the entertainment industry.

    but if i may from you, what does Usher have the world since the greatest icon of the world 'Michael Jacckson' is no more.

    we need his skill of dancig,vocal and solo. are you ready to give us that or more better than that.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  14. Ken

    Hello Usher. I am a big fan of yours from Nigeria and residing in Russia. Like everyone else here asking the meaning of your new album Raymond Vs. Raymond, I would you to throw more light on it.
    Also I noticed there has a lot of what people call "T-Paining" in your songs of recent. Does it mean that you are deviating from the good music that we used to get from you. Though some of songs in the new album does not impress some people but I still listen to your songs everyday to be good mood – Trading places, What a man to do, Love in the club remix with Lil'Wayne and many more.
    Finally, what are your plans in the future to bring a revolution to the world of R&B. Be assured I am your fan for life!!!

    April 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  15. Chris de la crém

    Hey ush.pls can u explaine what inspired u to sing moving mountian and the latest raymond vs raymond.what message are u passing accros.i'd like get the answers via my e-mail.chris_x7@ovi.com

    April 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  16. Ronnie

    Hi usher, i'll like to know what you do to relax, considering your busy schedule. Thks.

    April 15, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  17. Edwin

    Usher pleas can you sing with P.square from nigeria because you peaple are the same, life style voice in short everything. Usher ft psquare oh my GOD it will be nice.

    April 15, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  18. teemo bee

    hope it gonno hit d ground like an earthquike?

    April 15, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Reply
  19. Paolo

    Hello Usher. Mabuhay from the Philippines. Usher I would like to ask who are you picking to win in this Season of American Idol? I watched the Episode where you mentored the Idol Contestants.

    Manila, Philippines

    April 15, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  20. Pamela

    My questions for usher ar (1) wen will u come to perform live in nigeria (2) i would like to say i love u,to my deary usher (3) wen is ur new realease Raymond v Raymond splashing into air,cant wait to listen to it (4) ar u married?if yes hw many kids.

    April 16, 2010 at 12:27 am | Reply
  21. Marcel NGOMDUM

    Hi Usher,

    I love all those who care for children and their future.
    i appreciate the way you have provided your support to Justin BIEBER.
    Please tell me how you have concretely supported him.
    What are you planning to do in order to help him have a successful career like you?

    Marcel NGOMDUM
    Douala Cameroon

    April 16, 2010 at 6:44 am | Reply
  22. Kabuye Aaron

    Hi Usher its me your number one music fun in Uganda. I'd like to ask you how you balance you social life with that of family because the media definately knows how to control the lives of celebrities. And also do you have any plans of perform in East Africa preferably in Uganda because your music is play almost every where here on radio, Television, name it

    April 16, 2010 at 7:55 am | Reply
  23. Viceroy

    Hi mr. Usher i have just a few question for you.
    1.How has the death of the legendary king of pop michael jackson affected your life and music career. 2. Am wondering why you aint doing any song with Akon? the both of you will just do perfectly.

    April 16, 2010 at 9:42 am | Reply
  24. Razzy


    April 16, 2010 at 9:43 am | Reply
  25. Viceroy.

    Hi mr. Usher i have just a few question for you.
    1.How has the death of the legendary king of pop michael jackson affected your life and music career. 2. Am wondering why you aint doing any song with Akon? the both of you will just do perfectly. Viceroy from makurdi Nigeria

    April 16, 2010 at 9:45 am | Reply
  26. Uwem

    Pls usher is it true u have a beef wit nigerian duo p-square..thanks..uwem 4rm nigeria

    April 16, 2010 at 9:48 am | Reply
  27. Uwem

    Pls usher going 2 perform in nigeria..thanks..uwem 4rm nigeria

    April 16, 2010 at 9:49 am | Reply
  28. Oladosu olawale kingsley

    I'm very proud of you Usher Raymond for what you have done by impacting into the life of the youth in area of education that's a good legacy. You can still do more , keep doing the right thing at the right time.

    April 16, 2010 at 9:50 am | Reply
  29. Jadman

    Hi usher,am jadman from Nigeria.i was told you had a record label of your own.tell me can you sign someone that is not from your country?(2)what inspired you to sing confession?while i waited for your answer.my regards to you.

    April 16, 2010 at 9:50 am | Reply
  30. Peace

    Usher i love u and i love your music. my question is, what inspired you to release the album Raymond vs Raymond? when do you intend to visit Africa(Nigeria). we really need you here.

    April 16, 2010 at 9:51 am | Reply
  31. Ekezie Arinze (whitedove)

    Kudos to ur philantropic gesture. Plz Ursher I want to be a part of the organisation, because I want to show-case my hinding potentials to the world. Thanks

    April 16, 2010 at 9:53 am | Reply
  32. Oladosu olawale kingsley

    I'm very proud of you Usher Raymond for what you have done by impacting into the life of the youth in area of education that's a good legacy. You can still do more , keep doing the right thing at the right time. From Africa, Nigeria.

    April 16, 2010 at 9:53 am | Reply
  33. hendrick

    This hendrick in south africa. usher what keeps u going! are u da next mj?

    April 16, 2010 at 9:57 am | Reply
  34. andres malama

    Hi,im your fan based in the southern african country,zambia.Do you ever consider coming here or it's just south africa,coz you can inspire alot especially young people.To us you can be the first ever multi-talented ever came here.so what's your say

    April 16, 2010 at 10:05 am | Reply
  35. Salalincoln.,.4rm Nigeria

    Iz it only european countries u are helpen.why not come 2 africa.we africans are gud coz we are hot......we drop it lyk itz hot....am a gud singer who need a sponsor.+2347039570990.iz ma no

    April 16, 2010 at 10:14 am | Reply
  36. Danlami Abdulazeez

    Hey Usher. Keep on supporting d young once.

    April 16, 2010 at 10:24 am | Reply
  37. ekeoma e k

    Hey man,
    In all that you do, try not to forget that you are a public figure, despite all the love from fans and all that, there are people who will want to bring you down within a twinkle. Live a good life, don't hurt people and please continue the good works and walk/work the way it pleases God. Goodluck...
    Ekeoma from 9ja.

    April 16, 2010 at 10:38 am | Reply
  38. Mansurooney Rano Nigeria

    We're supporting u USHER RAYMOND we really excited wiz ur music and ur appearance. thnx miss u.

    April 16, 2010 at 10:39 am | Reply
  39. kelvin

    Something freaks me about u, usher and i have been wanting to ask.... were and how does ur inspiration come?

    April 16, 2010 at 10:45 am | Reply
  40. zahardeen hammawa damare

    how far is usher's relationship with chilli? are the married or to be marry.

    April 16, 2010 at 10:55 am | Reply
  41. Amiwero emmanuel

    amiwero emmanuel frm nigeria i want to say hi to usher i love love ur music and ur dance

    April 16, 2010 at 11:07 am | Reply
  42. Charlie emmanuel

    Halo usher,am 4rm Nigeria,my name is charly Emmanuel.I've 3questns 2 ask u.First,in ur new release,who r d musicians u featured.2ndly,r u having a grudge wit 50cent?Lastly,r u divorcd,if u r wen wil u introduce ur new wife 2 d world?hahaha

    April 16, 2010 at 11:53 am | Reply
  43. Esther Babale

    I luv u guy! Keep up de good work.Thumbs up man!!!

    April 16, 2010 at 11:55 am | Reply
  44. atik

    music its ok ...... I'd love to father of Bill Clinton speak English, I had little time to say but the same chili cilli kakaku diplesetin brother named backpacking so I kesel Javanese language learning english ...... I want to Indonesia yangmau clean power from the people themselves, and could imitate the U.S. only have 2 parties

    April 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  45. Oyin

    Am oyin 4rm 9ja i lv ur music n d way u dance,ur talented.kip it up.luv u

    April 16, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  46. Daniel defokwu

    Hey!!! ushe hw ar u doin i luv ur song hey daddy,wat a man can do, yeah,movin mountin etc i luv u ushe u ar bst 2 me i am also a dancer in nigerian en my crew name is da elevators we ar d bst en we all luv u usher .

    April 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  47. Windapo Oludayo

    Good work guy,keep it up

    April 16, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  48. aileen1018

    Hello Usher!Aileen Reyes here from Manila,Philippines.Let me first congratulate you for a very succesful Manila concert.It was such a huge hit.My question is,with the untimely death of your good friend,the King of Pop Michael Jackson,how did that change your outlook in life,as a person and as a music superstar? Thanks and more power!

    August 8, 2010 at 6:16 am | Reply
  49. Bhekimpilo Rodwell Ndhlovu

    Its so nice to get in touch with you Usher. But the most important thing you can do for me is to consider doing a charity show in Zimbabwe, koBulawayo.

    August 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  50. Fuad

    Usher u're xtremely good at ur work & i really lyk u.I really wish u can bcom a muslim so dt u can enter paradise wit us.

    August 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  51. Bova

    Man,we need yours in zimbabwe as well.

    August 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  52. Solomon Gyimah

    all, I want to say is we love you.and you good in what u do

    August 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  53. Adekunle adebayo

    A duet with p squre would just b great since u both 've many things in common. Am expecting something like a stage peformance with p squre in Nigeria. Adekunle adebayo 4rm Delta State

    August 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  54. Johnson

    Datz cool men

    August 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  55. Hassan Hayder

    Do you have any special talents we don't know other than singing ,acting and dancing ?

    August 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  56. Kachi

    Question for Usher: Why is that you like to date ladies older than you?

    August 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  57. Marc anthony ugo

    Mr Raymond,when next will you visit and perform in nigeria?

    August 9, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  58. Awesome

    Usher a great boy

    August 9, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Reply


    August 9, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  60. Nicole

    Hi usher i so love your album raymond vs raymond. Im not going to ask u any question. Just want to hail u and tell u to take care of bieber as u r grounded in da celebraty system. He has a lot ahead of him . OMG

    August 9, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  61. Nicole blaze

    Hi usher i so love your album raymond vs raymond. Im not going to ask u any question. Just want to hail u and tell u to take care of bieber as u r grounded in da celebraty system. He has a lot ahead of him . OMG

    August 9, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  62. lawal

    Usher, when are u release new movie? I'm expecting d best 4rm u. guy i just like d way smile.

    August 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  63. David etuh

    Hell usher.my qeustions ar,1) whn wil u com 2 afrika,9ja precicely 2 peform nd hlp youths explore their talent as u do there?2)hw do u thnk wil tak Late king of pop MJ,s place.nd i luv dat song OMG, it 1 of da best of ur song dat i ever had,cause u dance a bit of 9ja dance cal(alanta)9ja4luv.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  64. njomo gervais

    hi usher i am writting to u with hope i like to become a star too but no body to help me njomo_gervais@yahoo.com if u are interested help me

    August 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  65. njomo gervais

    writting from cameroon pls pls pls usher

    August 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Reply

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