HOMETOWN: NEW ORLEANS
Big break: After appearing in Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” video in 2011, the “I Want You” singer landed a gig opening for her on the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour this fall. “She told me to believe in what I do, own it and have no fear,” he says.
Modest is hottest: “It never dawned on me that I was sexy. I always thought of myself as the goofy kid. I didn’t get cool until I got to high school and people found out I could sing.”
Go-to pickup line: “‘You’re so beautiful. You’re lucky I’m not your type.’ As corny as that is, it works! I like to be funny and make a girl laugh.”