The Awakening, signing to Maybach Music Group and Love & Other Drugs (2011–present)
In early 2011, Omarion worked on his first mixtape presented by DJ Drama, titled The Awakening. Originally to be released on April 27, 2011, the mixtape was instead released on May 11, 2011. On May 2, 2012, Omarion signed with Rick Ross labelMaybach Music Group and Warner Bros. Records.He then appeared on Self Made Vol. 2 and is set to release his debut EP through the labels. Also in 2012, Omarion signed to Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation Management. On November 29, 2012 Omarion released his debut EP Care Package. It was announced that Omarion would be releasing his fourth studio album titled Love & Other Drugs in 2013.
Omari Ismael Grandberry was born on November 12, 1984 in Inglewood, California. He is the older brother of singer O’Ryan. His parents names are Leslie Burrel and Trent Grandberry. He is the oldest of six siblings: O’Ryan, Ameira, Arielle, Ukil, Tymon, & Kira.
On December 26, 2006 Omarion released his second album 21. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. The first single from the album was “Entourage“. The second single “Ice Box“, produced by Timbaland, peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is Omarion’s most successful solo single to date, reaching gold certification by the RIAA. 21 has sold over 390,000 copies in the United States since its release.
Face Off (2007–2009)
In late 2007 Omarion and Bow Wow recorded a collaboration album entitled Face Off. The album sold over 100,000 copies in its first week and went on to sell over 500,000 copies, reaching gold certification by the RIAA. The first single from the album was “Girlfriend“, followed up by “Hey Baby” as the second single.
On March 30, 2009 Lil Wayne confirmed that Omarion was officially signed to Young Money Entertainment but only after Four months he parted ways with the label, with both Lil Wayne and Omarion confirming he was out for business reasons. In early 2010, Omarion signed with EMI and created his own label, StarrWorld Entertainment. Omarion later re-released the single “I Get It In” with Lil Wayne replaced by Gucci Mane. Then he released his second single “Speedin’“. He released his third studio album Ollusion, which sold 19,400 copies in its first week.
The Awakening and signing to Maybach Music Group (2011–present)
In early 2011 Omarion worked on his first mixtape presented by DJ Drama, titled ‘The Awakening’. Originally to be released on April 27, 2011, the mixtape was instead released on May 11, 2011. On May 2, 2012, Omarion signed with Rick Ross label Maybach Music Group and Warner Bros. Records.He then appeared on Self Made Vol.2 and is set to release his debut EP through the labels.Also in 2012 Omarion signed to Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation Managment.
In early 2004, Omarion appeared in several films, most notably.You Got Served, in which he starred alongside his label mate Marques Houston, as well as his former B2K band mates. The movie centered around a group of friends in a hip hop dance crew who take part in underground dance competitions. It earned $40 million worldwide. Later that year he had the role of the school bully “Reggie” in the comedy Fat Albert, based on the animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Omarion also played the voice of Fifteen Cent in The Proud Family Movie.
- Solo albums
- Collaboration albums
- 2002: B2K (as B2K)
- 2002: Pandemonium! (as B2K)
- 2007: Face Off (with Bow Wow)
Self Made Vol. 2 (with Maybach Music Group)
|2004||You Got Served||David||lead role|
|Fat Albert||Reggie||main role|
|2007||Feel the Noise||Rob||lead role|
|Somebody Help Me||Darryl Jennings||lead role|
|2010||Wrong Side of Town||Stash||cast|
Awards and nominations
- American Music Awards
- 2005, Favorite R&B Male Artist (Nominated)
- BET Awards
- 2005, Viewer’s Choice Award: O (Winner)
- 2005, Best New Artist (Nominated)
- Image Awards
- 2008, Outstanding Duo or Group w/ Bow Wow (Nominated)
- 2006, Outstanding New Artist (Nominated)
- MTV Movie Awards