When it comes to successful American music artists from St. Louis Missouri, Nelly is among the top. However, questions ran in the minds of many of his fans. Who is Nelly? How did he make his music career successful? Nelly is a popular singer, songwriter, investor, entrepreneur, rapper, and actor. Nelly is best known for his hit debut album, County Grammar. This article will answer all the questions you may have about this celebrity. It will also go a step ahead to unveil the net worth of Nelly in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Nelly born as Cornell Iral Haynes Jr was born in 1974, 2nd November. His birthplace was Austin, Texas in the United States of America. His father was a member of the Air Force. Unfortunately, his parents ended their marriage when he was seven years old. As a result of that, Nelly started staying in University City, Missouri with his mother.
During his teen life when he was still in school, Nelly founded a hip-hop band, St Lunatics. He had a sister called Jackie Donahue who was a leukemia patient but died in 2005.
Nelly is an open philanthropist who currently runs a charity kids’ organization. In 2003 he took part in a campaign that created awareness about Leukemia disease. That was after his sister was diagnosed with the disease. The campaigns also encouraged people to register themselves as bone marrow donors to try and save lives of Leukemia patients.
His sister passed away in 2005, 24th March after a Leukemia fight. In 2010, he participated in a campaign to fight hunger in America. He encouraged young people to donate and collect food for poor people. In 2005, Nelly faced legal problems after being found with marijuana when traveling to a music tour. Nelly was arrested and later released on bail. In 2017, he met rape charged in Washington DC. In January 2018, he was also accused of sexual harassment.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Nelly’s music career kicked off when he was very young. He first formed a hip-hop band before settling for solo music. His first deal was with the Universal Music Group records. Nelly received negative feedback from his colleagues who thought his rap was not worth it.
Nelly’s first album, County Grammar was released in 2000. One of his singles peaked at number one on the Hot rap tracks. The album became number three in the Billboard 200. His second album, Nellyville became number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart. He featured favorite music artists such as Justin Timberlake and Kelly Rowland. His song with Kelly Rowland earned him a Grammy Award for an exemplary rap performance. In 2004, he made Shake Ya Tailfeather which won him a Grammy Award. He shared the award with Murphy Lee and Diddy.
In 2004 he released who albums, Suits and Sweats. They both recorded high-class success. They also sold out over five million copies. He has also collaborated with many top music artists such as Skin, Chris Brown, D J Khaled, T-Pain, Ciara, and others. Nelly has a television show called Nellyville. He has also appeared in hit films and series.
Net Worth & Earnings
Nelly has a net worth of $65 million. Nelly has earned this net worth from his hit music albums. He has won several Grammy Awards for his exemplary rap performance. Nelly is also an active poker player. He currently runs his show, Nellyville. In addition to all that, Nelly has appeared in many films and shows.
Every career has a start point. From Nelly’s story, it is clear that every successful man started from somewhere. Some people have small beginning points while others have big starting points. However, we write our own story. That means, we can make our future success.