Who is Nelly?
Nelly is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and investor. He was born Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. on November 2, 1974, in Austin, Texas. He is best known for his music, which blends hip hop, R&B, and pop.
Nelly has released nine studio albums, all of which have been certified platinum or multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He has also won three Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and three BET Awards.
Nelly, born Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. on November 2, 1974 in Austin, Texas, was the only son of Cornell Haynes and Rhonda Mack. His father served in the Air Force for much of his childhood, and his parents divorced when he was seven. As a teenager, Nelly moved with his mother from St. Louis to University City, a St. Louis County suburb.
In high school, he formed the rap group St. Lunatics with his friends Ali, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan, Slo Down, and his half-brother City Spud. The group enjoyed moderate local popularity with their single “Gimme What Ya Got” in 1996, but despite their popularity in Missouri and the surrounding areas, they struggled to achieve success outside of St. Louis.
After a major record deal failed to appear, the rest of the group agreed to let Nelly go solo.
Cornell Iral Haynes Jr popularly known as Nelly is 48 years old as of 2023. He was born on November 2, 1974 in Austin, Texas.
Nelly and singer Ashanti dated from 2003 to 2013 after meeting at the 2003 Grammy Awards. They rekindled their romance in 2023. Nelly has two biological children, a son named Cornell Hayes III and a daughter named Chanelle, from previous relationships. He also has two adopted children from his stepsister Jacqueline Donahue, who passed away on March 25, 2005, after a battle with leukemia.
Nelly’s net worth is estimated to be $70 million as of 2023. He has made his fortune through his music career, acting career, and business ventures.
Nelly’s career began in the early 1990s when he began rapping in St. Louis, Missouri. He released his debut album, Country Grammar, in 2000. The album was a commercial success, selling over 10 million copies worldwide. It spawned the hit singles “Country Grammar (Hot Shit)”, “E.I.”, “Batter Up”, and “Ride Wit Me”.
Nelly’s second album, Nellyville, was released in 2002. It was even more successful than his debut album, selling over 11 million copies worldwide. The album included the number-one hits “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma” featuring Kelly Rowland.
Nelly has released several other successful albums over the years, including Sweat (2004), Suit (2006), Brass Knuckles (2008), and M.O. (2013). He has also collaborated with numerous other artists, including Justin Timberlake, Tim McGraw, and Kelly Rowland.
In addition to his music career, Nelly has also appeared in several films and television shows. He starred in the films The Longest Yard (2005), Reach Me (2014), and Ride Along 2 (2016). He has also appeared in the television shows The New Edition Story (2017) and Real Husbands of Hollywood (2013-2016).
Nelly is one of the most successful rappers of all time. He has sold over 80 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards. He is also a successful businessman and has his own clothing line, record label, and restaurant chain.
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