Singer songwriter Ne-Yo is now the Vice President of Motown Records, the company responsible for music greats such as The Temptations, The Supremes and Jackson 5.
Ne-Yo, who recently got engaged, left Def Jam records for this new job that will see the 32-year-old produce, mentor and seek new talent for Motown.
“I’m honoured that I’ve been given such a prestigious title,” he said in a story on the BBC website.
The statement added that the singer felt “terrified” taking over a role that ‘King of Motown’ Smokey Robinson had previously occupied.
Motown’s chief executive officer Barry Weiss said the move was a challenge for the talented songwriter, who will be part of an all new senior management team taking shape at the company, which is celebrating 50 years this year.
Ne-Yo had been writing hits in the background before launching his own singing career in 2006, with the song that shot him to fame – So Sick.
Despite talk that he was gay; the half-Nigerian half African American/Chinese has two children with his fiancé Monyetta Shaw.
Ne-Yo has released five studio albums, his latest being The Cracks in Mr Perfect (2012).