R. Kelly

Born Jan 8, 1967

Robert Sylvester Kelly, known by his stage name R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Often referred to as the King of R&B, Kelly is recognized as one of the most successful R&B artists of all-time. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play.… Read More

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    R. Kelly Confirms He's Not Performing At Inauguration With Odd Photo
    Huffington Post - 7 days ago
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    Huffington Post - Sep 21, 2016
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of R. Kelly.


1967 Birth Robert Sylvester Kelly was born on January 8, 1967 at Chicago Lying-in Hospital in Hyde Park, Chicago. … Read More


1980 13 Years Old Kelly entered Kenwood Academy in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood in the fall of 1980 where he met his music teacher Lena McLin, who encouraged Kelly to perform the Stevie Wonder classic "Ribbon in the Sky" in a high school talent show. … Read More


1989 - 1993 8 More Events
Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs and albums for many artists, including Aaliyah's 1994 debut album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number.
In 1995, Kelly garnered his first-ever Grammy nominations; two nominations for writing, producing and composing Michael Jackson's last number one hit "You Are Not Alone".
In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jackson's song "You Are Not Alone". … Read More


1997 30 Years Old In 1997, Kelly signed a contract to play professional basketball with the Atlantic City Seagulls of the USBL. … Read More
In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for "I Believe I Can Fly". … Read More
1999 - 2000 4 More Events
In 2001, Kelly won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards and Billboard magazine ranked at number 94 on the magazine's Top 200 Albums of the Decade.
On February 3, 2002, a video surfaced allegedly showing Kelly engaging in sex with, and urinating on, an underage girl. … Read More


2007 - 2008 4 More Events
January 2009, after separating in fall of 2005, Kelly finalized divorce to ex-wife Andrea Kelly. … Read More
Kelly performed the song "Sign of a Victory" at the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony on June 11, 2010.
At the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala in Los Angeles, Kelly performed a medley of hits including "Happy People", "When a Woman's Fed Up" and "Bump N' Grind". … Read More
His memoir entitled Soulacoaster was released in the Summer of 2012.
During 2013, R. Kelly has been continuing his "The Single Ladies Tour". … Read More
He also added that he is finishing up a Christmas album for late 2014 called The 12 Nights Of Christmas. R. Kelly is also planning a tour with R&B singer Mary J. Blige called "The King & Queen Tour" before doing the Black Panties Tour later. … Read More
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