Biography of Nelly

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Cornell Haynes, Jr. otherwise known by his stage name Nelly is a rapper, singer, actor and entrepreneur. Nelly made his solo debut in 2000 with Country Grammar, and sealed his career as an upcoming musician with albums such as Nellyville (2002), Sweat and Suit (2004) and compilation Sweatsuit (2006).

Nelly became a Grammy award winning artist in 2003 and again in 2004. His film credits include the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. A budding entrepreneur Nelly built Vokal Clothing Company and the women’s fashion line Apple Bottoms which was endorsed by Oprah on The Oprah Winfrey Show In 2004. The Apple Bottom jeans were thereafter listed as one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things.”

Early Life

Nelly was born Cornell Haynes Jr. in Austin, Texas in November 1974. His father, who was in the Air Force, moved the family to Spain for three years before eventually settling in Mississippi. His parents were divorced in 1892.

Nelly moved with his mother to University City, Missouri as a teenager and became a member of the rap group St. Lunatics; the group became popular with its single “Gimme What You Got”

On June 5, 2001 St. Lunatics released their debut album Free City almost a full year after the release of Nelly’s debut, Country Grammar. The album was successful, eventually going platinum.


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