Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and business owner from Texas. In 1993, he began making music with the Midwest hip hop group St. Lunatics.
His album “Country Grammar” has sold more than 8.4 million copies in the US. It is his best-selling album to date.
Nelly Early Years
Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. was born in Austin, Texas, on November 2, 1974. Nelly’s dad was in the Air Force when he was born. When he was seven, his parents split up, and he moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Nelly’s first band was called the St. Lunatics. It was made up of his friends Ali, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan, and Slo’Down, as well as his half-brother City Spud. In 1997, their song “Gimme What Ya Got” did well in their own area. After the St. Lunatics couldn’t get a record deal, Nelly decided it was time to go out on his own.
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In 1999, Nelly made a deal with Universal Music to make a record. The next year, he put out his first album, called “Country Grammar.” This album is still Nelly’s most popular one. Singles like “Ride Wit Me” and “Country Grammar,” which were both Top 10 hits, were made to promote the album. “Nellyville,” his second album, came out in June of 2002. “Dilemma” and “Hot in Here” were both number one hits from this album. Nelly’s albums “Sweat and Suit” came out in 2004 and “Sweatsuit” came out in 2005. “Brass Knuckles” is Nelly’s fifth studio album. It came out in September 2008. Nelly’s album “5.0” came out in 2010.
Nelly won Grammy Awards in 2003 and 2004, and he had a small part in the remake of “The Longest Yard” in 2005, which starred Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Nelly. Nelly was in four episodes of “CSI: NY” from 2008-2009. From 2013 to 2016, Nelly was on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” a show that made fun of reality shows. He was in 39 episodes. In the fall of 2010, Nelly came out with a DVD called “Celebrity Sweat.”
Nelly was supposed to play his entire first album, “Country Grammar,” in its entirety at the 2020 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee. However, the festival had to be moved because of the coronavirus pandemic. He has two clothing lines: Apple Bottoms and Vokal.
In July 2020, Nelly, Brad Paisley, and other artists put on a drive-in concert at the Hollywood Park Amphitheater in Nelly’s hometown of St. Louis that was friendly to Covid-19. People with concert tickets drive into the amphitheaters’ parking lots with no more than four people per car and enough space between other cars to make safe tailgating zones for each car.
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Nelly’s Personal Life
In 2014, Nelly began dating Shantel Jackson, an actress and model who used to be with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Nelly is also a good person who helps others. He runs a charity called the 4Sho4Kids Foundation. In March 2003, he started a campaign to teach African Americans and other minorities why bone marrow transplants are so important. After his sister Jackie got leukemia, he also tried to get more people to sign up to be bone marrow donors. His sister died in March 2005.
Nelly has been hosting the White and Black Ball in St. Louis to raise money for scholarships since 2006. Since then, Nelly has been able to send both of his kids to college every year thanks to these scholarships. Nelly set up a scholarship in honor of Michael Brown, who was killed by police on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri.
At the 2007 World Series of Poker, Nelly took part in the Main Event. He has also taken part in the Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure and the Poker Stars European Poker Tour. In 2010, Nelly made a PSA for the Tackle Hunger campaign, which was put on by the non-profit organization Do Something. Nelly asked teens in the PSA to help fight hunger by collecting one million pounds of food for needy families over the holidays.
Nelly and Vatterott College started the Extreme Institute By Nelly, a music production school in the heart of St. Louis, in 2011.
Nelly Net Worth
Nelly is an American rapper, actor, and business owner with an $8 million net worth. In 2000, his album “Country Grammar” made him famous. It sold more than 10 million copies around the world and is still his best-selling album to date.
Nelly Real Estate
Nelly’s 2,679-square-foot ranch-style home had five bedrooms, and four and a half bathrooms, and was featured on MTV Cribs in 2002. The house was built in 1972 near the Secret Valley Country Club in Eureka, Missouri, which is a small city of St. Louis. In June 2010, he sold the property for $740,158.
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