Omarion is a well-known R&B performer from the United States who is also a songwriter, dancer, and actor. His net worth is $6 million.
After beginning his musical career as a member of the R&B group B2K in the early 2000s, Omarion went on to pursue a career as a solo artist after the group disbanded in 2004. To this day, he has issued three studio albums, all of which have achieved the Platinum certification level.
Omarion Early Life
Omari Ishmael Grandberry was born to Leslie Burrell and Trent Grandberry on November 12, 1984 in Inglewood, California. His full name is Omari Ishmael Grandberry. O’Ryan, who is much younger, is also a singer in his own right.
Omari began his career as a dancer by working as a background dancer for the R&B girl group Before Dark. He was featured in the music videos of the group. After that, he embarked on his own path toward a career in music.
In 1999, Omari became a member of the boy band B2K and changed his name to Omarion, his stage name.
B2K is an acronym that stands for “Boys of the New Millenium,” which is the group’s official name. They began their careers in the music industry touring as an opening act for Lil Bow Wow. In the end, they distributed their first single, titled “Uh Huh,” in the year 2001, and their debut album, titled simply, was distributed on March 12, 2002.
“B2K” reached its highest position on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart while also reaching its highest position on the Billboard 200.
The following year, in December, they released their second album titled “Pandemonium!,” which was supported by their most successful single to date titled “Bump Bump Bump,” which featured P. Diddy. This album was the last one released by the band before they broke up in 2004.
Omarion Solo Career
Omarion released his first solo album, titled “O,” shortly after the breakup of the band B2K. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. At the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the album was up for consideration for the Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary R&B Album.
“Touch” and “O” were the first singles released from the album, and “I’m Tryna” came out a little bit later. Over 758,000 copies of “O” have been sold in the United States since the album’s initial release.
His second album, titled “21,” also debuted at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as well as the Billboard 200 album chart.
The two lead singles were “Entourage” and “Ice Box,” the latter of which is Omarion’s most successful solo single to this point, having reached a peak position of No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. More than 390,000 copies of “21” have been sold in the United States.
Also Omarion had roles in a number of films in 2004, the most notable of which was “You Got Served.” The plot of the movie centred on a group of close friends who are members of a hip-hop dance crew and who compete in underground dance competitions. Omarion was named the Best New Artist in 2005 as well as the winner of the BET Viewer’s Choice Award for ‘O’ in 2005.
Late in 2007, Omarion appeared in the suspense film “Somebody Help Me,” which provided him with another opportunity to showcase his acting abilities. In addition to that, he provided the voice for the character Fifteen Cent in “The Proud Family Movie” and made an appearance in “Feel the Noise,” a film that he not only co-produced but also appeared in.
He was awarded the Urban Music Award for Most Inspiring Act in the year 2007. In the same year, 2007, Omarion and another rapper named Bow Wow worked together on an album that was titled “Face Off.”
The RIAA deemed the album to have achieved “gold” status after it sold over 500,000 copies and had initial sales of over 100,000 copies in its first week of release (Recording Industry Association of America). The singles “Girlfriend” and “Hey Baby” were the most successful ones.
Lil Wayne confirmed in March 2009 that Omarion was signed to his Young Money Entertainment label. Four months later, he ended his relationship with the label due to business disagreements.
Omarion started his own label, StarrWorld Entertainment, in the beginning of 2010. He re-released his Lil Wayne-assisted tune, “I Get It In,” but with Gucci Mane on the hook instead of Wayne. His third album, “Ollusion,” was released in 2010.
Later that year, Omarion replaced former judge Shane Sparks as a judge for season five of “America’s Best Dance Crew.” After the fifth season, he decided to return to his music career.
May 11, 2011 marked the release of his first mixtape. On Koda Kumi’s 2012 album “Japonesque,” Omarion worked with her on the song “Slow.” He was in the song video as well. With Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group and Warner Bros.
Records, he signed in May 2012. In addition, Roc Nation Management, headed by Jay Z, took him on.” He released his first EP, “Care Package,” on November 29, 2012. He followed up with “Care Package 2” a year later.
Omarion appeared on “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” in 2014 as a cast member. In support of his fourth studio album, “SexPlayList,” he released the single “You Like It” later that year. It sold well and peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their second hit, “Post to Be.”
“SexPlaylist” was made available to the public on Tuesday, December 2nd. It was revealed in June 2015 that Omarion would launch his own dancing studio.
As part of the Millenium Tour, B2K briefly reformed in 2019 to perform with Mario, Ying Yang Twins, Chingy, Pretty Rick & Lloyd. The tour began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on March 8 and ended in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 28.
A nomination for Best R&B Tour at the 2020 Billboard Awards has been made for the tour. In 2020, Omarion added Bow Wow and other acts to the tour, which he continued without the rest of his bandmates.
The COVID-19 global epidemic forced the postponement of the trip until 2021. As of 2020, Omarion released “Can You Hear Me?” with T-Pain as the first single. “The Kinection” is the title of his upcoming album, which he plans to release in late 2020.
Omarion Personal Life
In early 2014, Omarion and Apryl Jones announced that they were expecting a child together. Exactly four months after welcoming their second child, the couple announced their separation in July 2016.