London: R&B star Ne-Yo has revealed that he had spotted Justin Bieber`s talent even before the teen sensation was introduced into the music world by rival Usher.
"Justin did a cover of one of my songs on YouTube, which created a buzz. He came to a show and performed and was incredible then, but I didn`t do anything because he was just 11-year-old," thesun.co.uk quoted Ne-Yo as saying.
Four years later Bieber auditioned for Usher and was signed up by the label Island Def Jam.
"I`ve no regrets, things happen for a reason. He wasn`t supposed to be signed to me. Usher has done good - where he is now is where he`s meant to be," Ne-Yo said.
The singer believes that Bieber is going to be an even bigger rage in the future.
"I still feel like he`s figuring out things, once he gets some tangible records he`ll be a force to be reckoned with. Ten years from now no one will be singing `Baby`, it`s good but not very memorable," he said.