Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., better known by his stage name, Nelly, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter,
entrepreneur, investor and occasional actor from St. Louis, Missouri.
Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.
November 2, 1974 (age
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, investor
Increase U.S. $60 million (2014 estimate)
Cornall Haynes Sr. (air force man)
Hip hop pop, R&B
Gimmie What You Got (with St Lunatics, regional song that sold 7,000 copies)
"I don't necessarily feel like a solo artist."
"I don't sound like anyone."
"I've never been a hata. If I see something that's hot, I'm 'a say it, because I want my just due. I was like, 'Holla at me about the remix.' They turned, like, 'Word?' I was like, 'Word.' We exchanged numbers, and it went down like that."
"I really thought I'd be playing ball right now."
"I'm just the key in the door for the rest of the St. Lunatics. I'm the first to release an album, But we're all family. We came up together from nothing. So it's St. Lunatics for life."
"I've got a style that's all my own. I'm rappin' the blues. I like to think of my music as a jazz form of hip-hop. I don't really even know what I'm going to sound like until I hear the beat."
"Rappers like Biggie and Tupac brought something different to the music. They attracted people to it."
"St. Louis is real. It's the rawest of the raw. It's small so everybody knows each other. I've got a love/hate relationship with it."
Hungarian Music Award for Hip Hop Album "Sweat"
Grammy Award for Rap Duo or Group: Shake Ya Tailfeather,
Source Hip-Hop Music Awards: Artist of the Year, Male (2003)
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards: Most Performed Song from a Motion Picture, TRAINING DAY (2003) - for Number 1
Grammy Awards: Best Male Rap Solo Performance, Hot In Herre (2003)
Grammy Awards: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Dilemma, Dilemma (2003)
American Music Award for FANS' CHOICE AWARD
Billboard Music Award for Male Artist of the Year
Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Singles Male Artist of the Year
Billboard Music Award for R&B/Hip-Hop Male Artist of the Year
Billboard Music Award for Rap Artist of the Year
Billboard Music Award for Rap Track of the Year Hot in Herre
American Music Award for RAP/HIP-HOP Favorite Artist
MTV Music Video Award for Rap Video Ride Wit Me
Source Hip Hop Award for New Artist of the Year
Hip Hop Award for Album of the Year "Country Grammar"