Born November 12, 1984, in Inglewood, California, Omari Ishmael Grandberry is better known as Omarion, a Grammy-nominated R&B singer, actor, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and former lead singer of B2K.
Omarion was recruited to join B2K (which stands for Boys of the New Millenium) in 2001 by producer Chris Stokes, and through 2004 the group produced two studio albums and collectively starred in the successful film You Got Served (2004) about a competitive hiphop dance group. In 2005, Omarion released a solo album, O, that went gold and hit #1 on the U.S. charts. He followed up with 2006’s 21, which included the hit single “Ice Box” featuring fellow hiphop star Timbaland.
Omarion has pursued several successful acting projects in the last few years. Most notably, he has had roles in the film version Fat Albert (2004), in which he played the school bully, "Reggie," based on the animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. He played in The Proud Family Movie (2005), as well as Somebody Help Me (2007). Also, Omarion notably starred in Jennifer Lopez’s Feel the Noise (2007), in which he plays a troubled young rapper from Harlem who moves to Puerto Rico and ends up uncovering his love for the island's 'Reggaeton' music. Omarion has also taken part in the sitcoms One on One (2004-2006), Cuts (2005-2006), and The Bernic Mac Show (2004).
Omarion has been nominated for and won several awards for his musical and acting efforts. In 2005, he was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite R&B Male Artist, BET Awards, and won a BET Viewer's Choice Award. In 2006, Omarion was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B album for “O” at the Grammy Awards, and in 2004 he was nominated for Best Male Breakthrough Performance for You Got Served and Best Dance Sequence for You Got Served with Marques Houston.