Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., known professionally as Nelly, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor, and occasional actor from St. Louis, Missouri.


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Early Life

Nelly was born on November 2, 1974 in Austin, Texas, where his father was serving in the military.


When he was seven, his parents divorced. Nelly moved with his mother from St. Louis to University City, Missouri as a teenager. While still in high school, Nelly formed the St. Lunatics, a hip hop group who enjoyed local popularity with their single “Gimme What Ya Got”. Nelly decided to go solo, after a major record deal failed to appear.


Nelly embarked on his music career with Midwest hip hop group St. Lunatics, in 1993 and signed to Universal Records in 1999. Under Universal, Nelly began his solo career in the year 2000, with his debut album Country Grammar, of which the title-track was a top ten hit.

The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and went on to peak at number one. Country Grammar is Nelly’s best-selling album to date, selling over 8.4 million copies in the United States. His following album Nellyville, produced the number-one hits “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma” (featuring Kelly Rowland).

Nelly runs the non-profit organization 4Sho4Kids Foundation. The Jes Us 4 Jackie campaign began in March 2003 by Nelly and his sister Jackie Donahue after Donahue was diagnosed with leukemia. The campaign attempts to educate African Americans and other minorities about the need for bone marrow transplants, and to register more donors.

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Donahue lost her battle with leukemia on March 24, 2005, almost two years after the campaign began. In 2010, Nelly endorsed Do Something’s Tackle Hunger campaign. In a public service announcement he filmed for the cause, Nelly challenged teens to fight hunger by collecting one million pounds of food for the holiday season.

Age, Height & Measurements

Nelly Age 44 years. Nelly's height 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm), weight 183 lbs (83 kg). Body measurements 45 - 34 - 16 and Zodiac Sign Scorpio.
Nelly Bio
Famous AsNelly
ProfessionActor, Entrepreneur, Investor, Rapper, Singer, Songwriter
Age44 years
BirthdayNovember 2, 1974
Birth PlaceAustin, Texas, United States
Birth SignScorpio
Height5 feet 8 inches (173 cm)
Weight183 lbs (83 kg)
Body Measurements45 - 34 - 16
Net Worth$60 million
SalaryUnder Review
Born NameCornell Iral Haynes, Jr.
NicknameNelly, Mo
Sexual Orientationstraight
Body ShapeStraight
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorBlack
Dress SizeUpdate Soon
QualificationNot Available
SchoolUniversity City Senior High School
Brother(s)Chaz Haynes (Younger Brother), Nijel Haynes (Younger Brother)
Sister(s)Jackie Donahue (Older Sister) (Died in 2005 due to leukemia)
Marital StatusUnmarried
Relationship WithKarrine Steffans,Ashanti (2003-2012),Lashontae Heckard (2013–2014),Shantel Jackson (2014-Present)
ChildrenSon- Cornell Haynes (b. 1999) and Daughter- Chanel Haynes (b. 1994)


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