Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. aka Nelly is a renowned American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Also, he is an actor, entrepreneur, and investor. Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist is currently a contestant in the ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
Birthname: Cornell Iral Haynes Jr
Stage Name: Nelly
Birthday: November 2, 1974
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, U.S.
Home Town: St Louis, Missouri
Profession: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Entrepreneur, Investor
Years Active: 1993-present
Marital Status: single
Girlfriend: Shantel Jackson
Father: Cornell Haynes
Mother: Rhonda Mack
Relative: City Spud (Half Brother)
Height: 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm)
Net worth: US$60 Million
Born Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. in 1974 is the son of Ronda and Cornell. The singer’s childhood was full of hardships. In fact, the family struggled financially. Unluckily, his folks and split up when he was seven.
At his teenage, Nelly moved to University City, Missouri with his mom. During his high school, Nelly formed a hip-hop group St Lunatics. The group constituted the now-rockstars Ali, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan, and his half brother City Spud. Also, the group gained local popularity. Moreover, they struggled to gain attention outside of St Louis.
Later, Nelly was signed to Universal Music Group by A&R Kevin Law in 1999. At that time, the East Coast, West Coast, and the South dominated the hip-hop. So, Nelly was an unusual citation from Midwest.
Later, his debut album Country Grammar was released in 2000. Consequently, he came to recognition. In fact, the album was a success- sold eight million copies. Also, both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK singles chart ranked it #7.
Afterward, his second single Nellyville was released in 2002. It took No.1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Music Albums. Particularly, the album’s lead “Hot in Herre” was the number-one hit. The song was able to win the Grammy Award.
His released album 5.0 featuring some high profile guests on November 16, 2010. The album’s singles Just a Dream and Move That Body made good chart appearance.
In 2011, Pitbull’s song of the deluxe version of Planet Pit featured Nelly.
Television and Film Career
In 2014, he starred in the BET’s reality show Nellyville. Moreover, he was one of the main casts of the series Real Husbands of Hollywood (2013-2016).
Besides,Columbia Records has signed Nelly.
Furthermore, he was announced as a celebrity contestant on Dancing with the Stars in September 2, 2020. In the the reality show, he is partnered with Daniella Karagach.
Apart from Nelly, the fellow competiting in the 29th season are Sasha Farber, Carole Baskin, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Anne Heche, Nev Schulman, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd, Justina Machado, Britt Stewart, and many more.
Married Life/ Love Life:
Not much has the rapper revealed his personal life. Nonetheless, his current partner is Shantel Jackson. But more about the couple is under the shade.
However, he is the father of two. The hip-hop artist has a daughter Chanelle and a son Cornell.
Net Worth and Salary:
Certainly, the talented hip-hop artist lives a luxurious life. His net worth is US$60 Million.
Nelly’s official Facebook page alone is followed by 9M fans.
Also, the famous rapper is on Instagram. His own account has amassed 2.9M followers to date.
Additionally, he is on Twitter too. His verified account fetches 3.8M followers.