A known actor, dancer, and R&B singer, Omari Ismael Grandberry is currently residing somewhere in Los Angeles, California.
Based on reports, he is living there together with his brother. He was born on November 12, 1984, in the suburb of Inglewood. He was once part of the R&B music group called B2K, which broke up sometime in 2004.
Age, Net Worth, and MORE Fun Facts About B2K Ex-Lead
Omarion, whose real name is Omari Ishmael Grandberry, is an R&B singer. He’s now 38 years old, born on November 12, 1984. He started working as an artist when he was just 15 years old.
Before he became famous, he appeared in commercials for McDonald’s and Kellogg’s Corn Pops. His passion for R&B music grew while he was working as a background dancer for a group called Before Dark. That’s how he got his start in the R&B industry. His career has had its ups and downs, but his fans always support him through it all.
Awards & Achievements
Omarion has earned recognition and nominations for his work in music and acting. He was nominated for “Favorite R&B Male Artist” at the American Music Awards in 2005, “Most Inspiring Act” at the Urban Music Awards in 2007, “Outstanding New Artist Award” at the NAACP Image Awards in 2006, and “Outstanding Duo/Group” with Bow Wow at the NAACP Image Awards in 2008.
He also won the “Best New Artist Award” and “Viewer’s Choice Award” at the BET Awards in 2005. Additionally, he received a Grammy Awards nomination for his album “O” in the category of “Best Contemporary R&B Album” in 2006.
Personal Life & Legacy
In 2003, Omarion started dating Jennifer Freeman, a well-known actress in the United States, famous for her roles in TV series like ‘My Wife and Kids.’ Even though they seemed compatible and even acted together in the movie ‘You Got Served,’ their relationship didn’t last, and they broke up in 2005.
After the breakup, Omarion remained single for a while before falling in love with Apryl Jones. They have two kids together, a boy named Megaa Omari and a girl named A’mei Kazuko. However, in 2016, they decided to separate and go their own ways.
In 2014, there were rumors that Omarion wanted a DNA test for his son because he suspected Apryl of having an affair with someone from Mexico. According to these rumors, she had refused to take the test. Later, these rumors were proven false.
Omarion Launched Solo Career
Omarion took his career to the next level when he went solo after B2K broke up. In 2005, he released his first solo album called “O,” which quickly reached the number-one spot on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. He teamed up with Timbaland to create “Ice Box,” which is considered one of his most successful solo songs up to this point.
In 2014, Omarion faced legal trouble and was briefly jailed because he didn’t show up in court for a traffic ticket. That same year, unrelated to the legal issue, his private nude photos were leaked online through iCloud.
Omarion spoke out about the dark themes in Rihanna’s song “Russian Roulette,” suggesting that the music industry sometimes involves these dark and evil practices.
His favorite movie is ‘Braveheart,’ and his preferred actor is Robin Williams.
Christopher B. Stokes, who gave him his first big opportunity, is his uncle through marriage.
His mom, Leslie, works as his stylist and used to style the band ‘B2K.’
At one point, he almost signed a contract with Lil Wayne, but he later decided to explore other opportunities instead.
Additional Facts and Other Interesting Information
Aside from singing, Omarion also knows how to play a variety of musical instruments like guitar and piano. After the breakup of B2K, he decided to start a solo career. His first album was entitled “O.” Thanks to the success of this initial album, he was able to record and release another one sometime in December 2006. It was entitled “21,” which is said to be his age when he recorded the album.
The first single from that highly successful music release was the Eric Hudson-produced “Entourage.” The music video for this particular single features Lil’ Fizz, who is one of his former bandmates in B2K. After that, the next single released was the Timbaland-produced song entitled “Ice Box.” The song was an instant hit as it reached the 12th spot on the prestigious Billboard Hot 100 list. The video for that specific song features sultry model and singer Solange Piaget Knowles.
To follow up on the success of his first two music albums, he launched his third project in December 2007. The album was entitled “Face Off,” wherein he collaborated with another highly successful rapper Bow Wow.
Produced by Jermaine Dupri, this special collaboration comes with a documentary “The Road to Platinum.” Two of the most notable songs from the album are “Hey Baby” and “Girlfriend.” Overall, this music release was able to reach the 12th spot of the Billboard 200 chart.
Based on recent reports, Omarion decided to sign with the Young Money Label, which was established by rap artist Lil Wayne. As of August 2009, he is busy recording a new album with the working title “Ollusion.”
Besides music, Omarion tries to build a professional acting career. He has already starred in a number of movies including the drama film “You Got Served” released in 2004. Likewise, he also appeared as one of the major characters in the comedy movie “Fat Albert” in that same year. In 2007, he played a major role in the horror/thriller film “Somebody Help Me.” At the 2005 Black Entertainment Television or BET Awards, his music release “O” won the Viewer’s Choice Award.
In addition, he also received a number of prestigious nominations including the 2004 MTV Movie Awards Best Male Breakthrough Performance, the 2006 Image Awards Outstanding New Artist, and the 2005 American Music Awards Favorite R&B Male Artist.
Omarion, the talented R&B singer, and artist, has had a career filled with achievements, from his early days as a background dancer to his successful solo career. He’s received awards, faced challenges, and maintained a strong fan base throughout his journey.
In his personal life, he’s experienced both ups and downs, from relationships to legal issues. But he’s remained resilient, and his passion for music and his ability to connect with his fans have made him a notable figure in the entertainment industry.
Omarion’s story is one of growth, change, and artistic evolution, and he continues to leave his mark in the world of music and beyond.