Nelly was born on November 2, 1974, in Austin, Texas. His 2000 solo debut, Country Grammar, was a hit, spawning a smash single by the exact same name, and his unique way of music has kept his sound new as well as the hits coming. Nelly’s next four records all made it to the top three on the Billboard chart, with all the singles regularly making the top 20 and four of them going to No. 1. When the two time Grammy Award winner is not creating hit songs with collaborators or on his own, Nelly enterprises into movie and television work, and has appeared on CSI: NY and in the movie The Longest Yard.
Nelly was born Cornell Haynes Jr. on November 2, 1974, in Austin, Texas. His parents divorced when he was youthful, and Nelly and his mom eventually moved from downtown St. Louis to University City, Missouri. His interests growing up ran from baseball to rap, and he formed his first musical group, St. Lunatics, with some high school buddies. St. Lunatics found some local success in 1996 with the self produced single “Gimme What You Got,” but success did not stay, and St. Lunatics determined that Nelly would be better off as a solo act who could bring focus to the entire group. It was not long before the theory was proved right, as Nelly was signed by Universal to a solo contract.
The record went platinum nine times around in America and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. The 2nd single, “Ride wit Me,” featured St. Lunatic member City Spud and hit No. 3.
The next year, Nelly headed back to the studio with St. Lunatics, and the group released its first record, Free City, which went platinum in the United States. Striking while the iron was still hot, Nelly released Nellyville, his second solo record, in 2002. The record hit the Billboard album charts at No. 1 and was nominated for record of the year at the 2003 Grammy Awards.
Nellyville went platinum six times around, and its first single, “Hot in Here,” was a omnipresent No. 1 and took the 2003 Grammy Award for best male rap solo performance.
In the winter of 2005, the certain Sweatsuit premiered. A compilation of songs from Sweat and Suit, with three new tracks, Sweatsuit found “Grillz” into the No. 1 position, and “Flap Your Wings” and “My Place” also burned up the charts.
In 2008, Nelly started Brass Knuckles, his fifth studio album, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
In 2010, Nelly released the record 5.0., featuring the hits “Just a Dream” (No. 3), “Move That Body” and “Gone,” the sequel to his 2002 hit “Dilemma.”
Never one to remain idle for long, the two time Grammy winner also has two clothes lines, Vokal and Apple Bottom, and has founded a charity, 4Sho4Kids Foundation, which raises money and awareness for assorted children’s well-being problems. He’s also signed to represent several companies, among them Nike and Ford, and has appeared on several TV shows, For Example, World Series of Poker and CSI: NY.