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EXCLUSIVE: Ne-Yo Talks Powerful Teen Choice Awards Performance, Dishes on New Baby and Married Life: 'I'm Loving It'

by Zach Seemayer 1:02 AM PDT, August 01, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Ne-Yo Talks Powerful Teen Choice Awards Performance, Dishes on New Baby and Married Life: 'I'm Loving It'

Ne-Yo took a stand against gun violence at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, delivering a soulful, touching rendition of Marvin Gaye's 1971 classic, "What's Going On," while sharing the stage with the family members of gun violence victims.

It was one of the night's most memorable moments, and the 36-year-old artist opened up to ET about what the song meant to him, and why he felt it was important to share.

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"I feel like the lyrics to that song just really resonates with what's going on right now," Ne-Yo told ET's Denny Directo at the Teen Choice Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California. "[We] need to know what's going on. We need to figure out what's going on because it's senseless."

"It makes no sense for fathers to lose sons, sons to lose fathers, brothers to lose sisters," he continued. "That was me doing my part to bring awareness to the whole situation… it's kind of a call to action for some people."

Ne-Yo also opened up about his family, including his 4-month-old son, Schaffer, who he brought to the awards show, along with his wife, Crystal Renay Smith.

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Schaffer is Ne-Yo and Crystal's first child together, however the singer has two other children, 5-year-old daughter Madilyn and 4-year-old son Mason, whom he shares with his ex, Monyetta Shaw.

According to Ne-Yo, Schaffer's older siblings "love him to death," and they like helping out as much as they can.

"Maddy wants to carry him, and I'm like, 'Maddy, you're only this much bigger than him, maybe not,'" he shared. "Mason just wants to play with him. It's like, 'Maybe we should let him learn to walk before you get into that.'"

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As for married life, Ne-Yo says he's "loving it." The couple tied the knot in February and the singer says the relationship is "so far, so good."

"I'm about five months in, and, you know, we haven't killed each other yet, so that's a good sign," he joked. "Once the honeymoon [phase] is over, talk to me again and we'll see."

For more on Ne-Yo's emotional performance at the Teen Choice Awards, with a special presentation from Jessica Alba, check out the video below:

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