Omari Ishmael Grandberry (born November 12, 1984) better known as Omarion,
is an American R&B singer, actor, songwriter, record producer,
dancer, and former lead singer of the R&B group, B2K. Omarion
was spotted at a young age by a manager, Christopher B. Stokes, who
took a liking to his vocal abilities. This led to
forming the group B2K, which disbanded after being successful for
a few years. His third album Ollusion was released January 12, 2010
with the lead single I Get It In.
Born in Watts, California, to Leslie Burrell and Trent Grandberry,
Omarion is the oldest of seven children. At school he captained his
football team and was also known for his slick dance moves. Although
he dropped out of school midway, Omarion began to perform at age
five. He was part of 'UAC' but soon disbanded as he wanted to focus
on his talent, hip-hop. Before he made it into the music business,
he was in commercials for Kelloggs Corn Pops and McDonald's. He also
made cameos in the R&B girl group Before Dark's music videos.
He embarked on a career in music. The smooth harmony singing that
formed an integral part of the band B2K, helped him establish a solo
career. His younger brother O'Ryan is also a singer.
 Music career
In 1998, Omarion was the last member to join B2K and became the
lead singer of the group. The band, including Omarion, was made up
of four members, Lil Fizz, J-Boog, and Raz-B. The band released their
debut album, B2K, to some success. Their second album, Pandemonium!,
was far more successful, reaching the top ten on the Billboard 200,
giving them their first #1 with "Bump, Bump, Bump". Following
their third album, a soundtrack to the movie You Got Served, B2K
announced they had broken up.
 O (2004-2005)
After the break up of B2K, Omarion started his solo career under
Epic Records and Sony Urban Music, releasing his debut single "O",
also the lead single off his then upcoming debut album entitled "O",
on July 17, 2004. The single was a top 30 hit on the Billboard 100,
peaking at #27. On February 21, 2005 Omarion released his second
single "Touch". Omarion released his debut solo album "O" on
February 22, 2005, peaking at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling over
500,000 copies in the US and reaching gold certification by the RIAA.
The third and final single "I'm Tryna" was released on
April 05, 2005.
That same year, Omarion was featured on Bow Wow's hit song "Let
Me Hold You". The song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100,
becoming Omarion's first entry into the top 10 since going solo.
 21 (2006-2007)
On December 26, 2006 Omarion released his sophomore 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.
During this time, Omarion toured with numerous artists, including
Bow Wow, Ciara, Yung Joc, Ne-Yo, Usher, Lloyd, Mario (singer), Pretty
Ricky, and Jibbs.
 Ollusion (2009-2010)
On March 30, 2009 Lil Wayne confirmed that Omarion was officially
signed to Young Money Entertainment but only after two 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 (Mixtape)
In early 2011 Omarion worked on his first mixtape presented by DJ
Drama, titled 'The Awakening'. Originally to be released on April
27th, 2011, the mixtape was instead released on May 11th, 2011.
 Other ventures
 Acting career
In early 2004, Omarion appeared in several films, most notably You
Got Served in which he starred alongside 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. Later that year, he played the role of the school bully "Reggie" in
the comedy Fat Albert, based on the animated series Fat Albert and
the Cosby Kids. Towards the end of 2007, he displayed his acting
skills in the thriller Somebody Help Me. This movie was released
exclusively on DVD and aired on BET in celebration of Halloween.
Omarion has also made several appearances in a number of TV shows,
including One on One. Omarion also played the voice of Fifteen Cent
in The Proud Family Movie. His portrayal of a rapper, who gets
involved with thugs, in the movie Feel The Noise, received mixed-to-positive
reviews from critics. Omarion also co-produced Feel the Noise.
 America's Best Dance Crew
In 2010, Omarion became a judge on the fifth season of America's
Best Dance Crew, replacing former judge Shane Sparks.
Main articles: Omarion discography and B2K discography
King O (TBA)
The Awakening hosted by DJ Drama (2011)
Year Film Role Notes
2004 You Got Served David lead role
Fat Albert Reggie main role
2005 The Proud Family Movie Fifteen Cent main role
2007 Feel the Noise Rob lead role
Somebody Help Me Darryl Jennings lead role
2010 Wrong Side of Town Stash cast
Somebody Help Me 2 Darryl Jennings lead role
Year Title Role Notes
2010 America's Best Dance Crew as Himself Replaced former Judge Shane
 Awards and nominations
American Music Awards
2005, Favorite R&B Male Artist (Nominated)
2005, Viewer's Choice Award: O (Winner)
2005, Best New Artist (Winner)
Urban Music Awards
2007, Most Inspiring Act (Winner)
2008, Outstanding Duo or Group w/ Bow Wow (Nominated)
2006, Outstanding New Artist (Nominated)
2006, Best Contemporary R&B Album: O (Nominated)
MTV Movie Awards
2004, Best Male Breakthrough Performance: You Got Served (Nominated)
2004, Best Dance Sequence: You Got Served w/ Marques Houston (Nominated)
Teen Choice Awards
2004, Choice Breakout Movie Star - Male for: You Got Served (Nominated)
2005, Choice Music: R&B Track for: Touch (Nominated)
2008, Choice Music: R&B Track for: Hey Baby (Jump Off) w/ Bow Wow (Nominated)