Daddy duty has begun for singer Ne-Yo, whose girlfriend, Monyetta Shaw, gave birth Friday night in an Atlanta hospital -- several weeks early -- according to It's the couple's first child, a daughter named Madilyn Grace Smith.

An Atlanta radio station reported that Ne-Yo, 31, was attending a benefit for his charitable foundation, but was able to make it to the hospital in time for the delivery. A rep for the musician confirmed Madilyn's birth.