Inside Ne-Yo’s 28th Birthday Party

On Wednesday night, Ne-Yo celebrated his 28th birthday at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. Many celebrity guests came through to show some love to the singer/songwriter extraordinaire, including Janet Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, Rihanna, LL Cool J, Jay-Z, Ray J, Beanie Sigel, Chrisette Michele, and Chingy. The event was hosted by Compound Entertainment, Belvedere, and MVD Inc.

Terrence, the co-host of BET’s 106 & Park, gave a funny and energetic birthday shout out to Ne-Yo. “Happy Birthday you old punk!” he stated with a smile. “You better celebrate; you better drink up boy.” Other guests, such as Ray J gave the crooner praise. “[Ne-Yo is] a great and talented artist. So you know, I just wish him all the best,” Ray said.


Ne-Yo gets some lovin’ from Rihanna and his mother.

Rockport footwear was in the building, giving away sneakers and shoes. The partygoers scattered around trying to get their hands on a pair. Others were cutting it up on the dance floor with a glass of champagne or Belvedere, jamming to some lovely old and new school tunes, spun by DJ Cassidy and Sky Nellor.


Party guests LL Cool J and Chingy.

Ne-Yo looked sharp from head to toe, sporting a stylish hat and a dark brown button down shirt and tie. He was a gracious host as he was often spotted mingling with folks in the party and on the rooftop. The energy level was on high and remained positive the entire night (read: no beefs or brawls). In Ne-Yo’s eyes, it looked as if there was nothing that could ruin the festivities in his honor. People gathered to grab a bite of the singer’s large, rectangular red velvet sheet cake. Covered with white and grey frosting, Ne-Yo’s name was written in big, bold red icing across the middle.


Ne-Yo’s label boss Jay-Z even showed up to celebrate with the singer/songwriter.

According to the birthday boy, the most precious gift he received was the opportunity to spend quality time with his mother and sister. “I don’t get to do that a whole lot,” Ne-Yo revealed. “This is their first time out here in New York; they came out here with me and it feels good man.”

–Tashal Brown


Chrisette Michele sings “Happy Birthday” to the b-day boy.