Robert Sylvester Kelly, commonly known as R. Kelly, is an R&B and gospel singer, performing artist, record producer, songwriter and a former basketball professional in the United States Basketball League for the Atlantic City Seagulls. Let’s find out the net worth of R. Kelly in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
R. Kelly was born on January 8, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois in the United States of America by Joanne Kelly who raised the family as a single mother. His mother died in the year 1993 and this one of the hardest time in his life. His father was absent throughout his life. He has a brother, Carey Kelly and has three children, Robert Kelly Jr., Jay Kelly and Joan Kelly. He started singing in his local church when he was just eight years old. He joined Kenwood basketball team shortly after joining the school.
His relationships have been controversial. He first married Aaliyah in 1994, but their marriage ended in 1995 after she was found to be younger than him. He later married Andrea Kelly in 1996, but they divorced in 2009. Despite having a well-decorated career, he is still a controversial figure as he has been accused of sexual crimes by several women who claim he took advantage of them.
Career, Awards, & Nominations
Before starting his musical career, he first appeared on a TV talent show “Big Break” where he won and was awarded a $100,000 prize. He joined a group called Public Announcement in 1992 where he released his first album named ‘Born into the 90’s’.
In 1995, he released a self-titled album “R. Kelly” which became a huge hit and was the first to top the music charts. He sold a record four million copies. He then released the ‘r’ album in 1998 and became the most successful one of his music career until date. His Chocolate Factory album in 2003 which included the song “snake,” made its debut at No. 1 on the U.S 200 chart and it was a big success with over three million copies sold worldwide. He again teamed up with Jay Z for the album “Unfinished Business,” but this time it was not that successful. In 2005, he released another album ‘TP.3 Reloaded’ which was inclusive of songs like, ’Reggae Bump Bump,’ Slow Wind, Happy Summertime’ and in the kitchen.
The 2007 Double Up album included featured appearances by music artists such as Snoop Dogg, Nelly, T Pain, Ludacris, and Usher. “I’m a Flirt” ranked No. 1 on Rap Tracks chart. He later released other albums, a Love letter in 2010 and Black Panties in 2013.
R. Kelly has had an outstanding career which has seen him receive numerous awards. He has three Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song, best male R&B vocal performance and best song written for visual media. He also has three billboard music awards, soul train music award, NAACP image award, soul train music award, BET Award, MTV award and an American music award. His ‘R’ album sold a record eight million copies in the US alone, his biggest so far.
Net Worth & Earnings
R. Kelly’s net worth is estimated to be around $1.5 million. This amount would be considerably larger had he not been involved in a series of alleged sexual assault incidences which saw him pay heavily to settle lawsuits. This amount has been accumulated through the sale of his albums and single hit songs and to add on that the multiple songs he has been featured by other artists.
R. Kelly is a living legend who has contributed to the industry more than anyone else, and although he has had a controversial life, he has lived to his expectations. He is among the most experienced musicians that we have in the world.