Rapper + Actor
Born Nov 2, 1974

Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., better known by his stage name Nelly, is an American Grammy Award-winning hip hop recording artist, entrepreneur and occasional actor from St. Louis, Missouri. He has performed with Southern hip hop group St. Lunatics since 1993 and signed to Universal Records in 1999. Under Universal, Nelly began his solo career in 2000 with his debut album Country Grammar, the title track of which was a top ten hit.… Read More

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1974 Birth Born on November 2, 1974.


1993 18 Years Old Nelly embarked on his music career with Midwest hip hop group St. Lunatics, in 1993 and signed to Universal Records in 1999.


2000 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Under Universal, Nelly began his solo career in the year 2000, with his debut album Country Grammar, of which the title-track was a top ten hit. … Read More
2001 - 2002 2 More Events
Nelly won Grammy Awards in 2003 and 2004 and had a supporting role in the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. … Read More
Another number-one hit, "Shake Ya Tailfeather" won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.


2009 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In the summer of 2009, Nelly made a public announcement in Las Vegas about the yet-to-be-titled album.
In April 2010, Nelly's cousin Michael Johnson was murdered in Missouri, Nelly said that he delayed releasing the album because of this. … Read More
2011 36 Years Old On December 24, 2011, Nelly released his first ever official solo mixtape, entitled O.E.MO, which stands for "On Everything MO". … Read More
On July 4, 2012, via his Twitter, Nelly announced his seventh studio album would be titled M.O.. … Read More
In February 2013, Nelly released "Hey Porsche", the lead single from his seventh studio album M.O.. … Read More
2014 39 Years Old 1 More Event
He played Officer Glen Donner in the 2014 thriller film A Fall from Grace.


On Friday April 10, 2015, Nelly's tour bus was interrupted by a traffic stop because of non-conforming U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association stickers and subsequently searched by Tennessee state troopers which netted methamphetamine, marijuana, over 100 ziplock bags and numerous handguns, including a gold-plated 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol. … Read More
2016 41 Years Old In 2016, it was reported that Nelly owed over $ 2,000,000 in back taxes to the IRS giving them enough to take his property.
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