It wasn't long before Usher found his groove as an artist. Between his slick dance moves, smooth vocals and irresistibly adorable looks, Usher became a hit with the ladies. So in 1997, his career took off with the release of his sophomore effort, "My Way." And it really was done his way: The 18-year-old singer co-wrote six of the album's nine tracks. "My Way" spawned three platinum-selling singles, including "Nice & Slow" and "You Make Me Wanna..."
1997 didn't just mark Usher's professional breakthrough; it marked a personal one as well, as the teen graduated from high school. Way to go, buddy!