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Birthname: Cornell Haynes Jr.
Nationality: American
Born: Nov 02 1975


Biography

By now the story of Grammy-winning, multiplatinum hip-hop superstar-actor-entrepreneur-philanthropist Nelly’s meteoric rise to stardom is a well-known, oft-recited part of hip-hop history. The standout member of the St. Louis rap collective the St. Lunatics inks a deal with Universal Motown Records, drops a sizzling single called “Country Grammar” with a familiar nursery rhyme hook, and follows it up with a debut album of the same name that spawns three humongous hits, spends seven weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart, scores three Grammy nominations, and sells an astonishing 9 million copies ... Read more

By now the story of Grammy-winning, multiplatinum hip-hop superstar-actor-entrepreneur-philanthropist Nelly’s meteoric rise to stardom is a well-known, oft-recited part of hip-hop history. The standout member of the St. Louis rap collective the St. Lunatics inks a deal with Universal Motown Records, drops a sizzling single called “Country Grammar” with a familiar nursery rhyme hook, and follows it up with a debut album of the same name that spawns three humongous hits, spends seven weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart, scores three Grammy nominations, and sells an astonishing 9 million copies worldwide.

That, of course, is the abridged version of a story that began years ago in a part of St. Louis known as University City. It’s the story of a young man whose life was so unsettled that he moved from place to place, from family member to family member, and hung out on the streets where he was introduced to the underbelly of the city. But Nelly’s is also a story of achievement—overachievement, even. As a child, Nelly, born Cornell Haynes, Jr., was always the fastest runner, the best catcher, the hottest player on the team. He was so gifted, in fact, that he almost ended up in professional baseball instead of music.

Much to the delight of the legions of fans that now rank him among hip-hop’s premier artists, Nelly charged onto the hip-hop scene in the summer of 2000 with his breakthrough debut CD, Country Grammar. The critical acclaim, accolades, and awards rolled in almost as fast as the record sales. Country Grammar snagged three Grammy nominations, two for Best Rap Solo Performance (“Ride Wit Me,” “Country Grammar”) and one for Best Rap Album (Country Grammar). Nelly also topped Billboard’s 2000 year-end chart as the Top Male Rap Artist, and he was nominated for an American Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award, two BET Awards, two Source Awards, and a Soul Train Music Award.

Two years later, in the summer of 2002, Nelly proved to be no one-hit wonder when his sophomore album, Nellyville, entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. Boasting the popular favorite “Pimp Juice,” Nellyville went on to sell more than 6 million units and win two Grammy Awards for the ubiquitous hit singles “Hot In Herre” (Best Male Rap Solo) and “Dilemma,” featuring Kelly Rowland (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration). Nellyville also earned two American Music Awards, a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award, and two Soul Train Music Awards, in addition to pushing Nelly to No. 1 on Billboard’s 2002 year-end charts as the Top Pop, Rap, and R&B/Hip-Hop Artist. And as a featured artist on “Where The Party At” by Jagged Edge, Nelly scored an additional 2002 Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Song Collaboration.

Following the phenomenal success of 2000’s 9X platinum Country Grammar and 2002’s 6X platinum Nellyville, Nelly released a platinum-selling remix album in 2003 called Da Derrty Versions (The Reinvention). The star-studded album not only showcased innovative renditions of Nelly’s signature hits remixed by the hottest producers in the game, including The Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri, David Banner, and Scott Storch, but it also features guest appearances by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ron Isley, and Brian McKnight. That same year, Nelly contributed a track called “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” featuring Murphy Lee and P. Diddy, to the Bad Boys II soundtrack. An overnight sensation, “Shake Ya Tailfeather” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, scored a 2004 MTV Video Music Award (Best Hip-Hop Video), and won Nelly his third Grammy Award (Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group).

2003 was an incredibly busy year for Nelly. Beyond music, he launched a women’s clothing company called Apple Bottoms, a men’s clothing line called Vokal, and an energy drink called Pimp Juice, as well as partnering with Nike to release a limited edition sneaker called the Air Derrty. In an effort to educate African-Americans and other minorities about the need for bone marrow and stem cell transplant donations, and to register more donors, Nelly launched the Jes Us 4 Jackie foundation in March 2003 with his late sister, Jackie Donahue, after she was diagnosed with leukemia.

With the simultaneous release of his 2004 albums, Sweat and Suit, Nelly became the first solo artist and the first hip-hop artist in history to debut at No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The platinum-selling Sweat was conceived as an upbeat party album, packed with infectious club jams such as “Flap Your Wings” and “Tilt Ya Head Back,” featuring Christina Aguilera; while the 3X platinum Suit is made up of smooth, melodic hits like “My Place,” featuring Jaheim, and the crossover country smash “Over and Over,” featuring Tim McGraw, which scored a 2005 CMT Music Awards nomination for Collaborative Video of the Year.

While Sweat and Suit were still riding high on the charts, Nelly dropped the gold-certified 2005 compilation, Sweatsuit, featuring all of the No. 1 hits that made Sweat and Suit instant classics, along with three new singles: “Tired,” featuring Derrty Ent. artist Avery Storm; “Nasty Girl,” featuring Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G., Jagged Edge, and Avery Storm; and the Jermaine Dupri-produced smash “Grillz,” featuring Paul Wall, Ali, and Gipp. That same year, Nelly landed a supporting actor role alongside Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in the film The Longest Yard, which earned him a 2005 Teen Choice Award for Choice Rap Artist in a Movie.

Sadly, tragedy struck in 2005 when Nelly’s sister Jackie Donahue lost her battle with leukemia. But while Nelly’s Jes Us 4 Jackie foundation was unable to find a bone marrow donor for his sister, he remains passionately committed to the fight against cancer. To date, nine lives have been saved by the Jes Us 4 Jackie foundation’s efforts to match bone marrow donors.

Following a three-year hiatus, Nelly resurfaced in 2008 with his fifth album, Brass Knuckles. Propelled by the lead single “Party People,” featuring Fergie and produced by Polow Da Don, Brass Knuckles debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Other highlights from the album included “Body On Me,” featuring Akon and Ashanti, and “Stepped On My J’z,” featuring Jermaine Dupri and Ciara. During that time, Nelly also expanded his acting resume by appearing in a recurring role on the hit CBS series CSI: NY from 2008-2009.

In August 2010, Nelly made a powerful return to the Billboard charts with “Just a Dream,” the platinum lead single from his sixth album, 5.0, to be released by Universal Motown Records on November 16. Co-produced by Jim Jonsin and Rico Love, “Just a Dream” soared to No. 1 on iTunes’ Top Hip-Hop/Rap Songs chart, No. 2 on Billboard’s Ringtones chart, No. 3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard’s Digital Songs chart, and No. 4 on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart. Just as fast as “Just a Dream” became the best-selling digital single of Nelly’s career, the song’s music video swiftly surpassed more than 15 million views on VEVO, proving to be a dazzling testament to Nelly’s extraordinary mass appeal.

5.0 finds Nelly stacking the deck with the hottest producers and guest artists in pop music (T.I., T-Pain, Akon, Birdman, Keri Hilson, Kelly Rowland, Dr. Luke, Bangladesh, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, Polow Da Don). Highlights include the scorching second single, “Move That Body,” featuring T-Pain and Akon, and produced by Dr. Luke and Bangladesh; the melodic third single, “Long Gone,” featuring Chris Brown and Plies; “I’m Number 1,” featuring Birdman and DJ Khaled; and “She’s So Fly,” featuring T.I.

Ranked No. 3 on Billboard’s definitive list of the best-selling artists of the 2000s, Nelly has not only sold more than 30 million albums/singles in less than 10 years, but he also tied with Elton John for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a male solo artist. 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of Nelly’s explosive debut with Country Grammar and he is poised to celebrate this milestone in his extraordinary career by enjoying another banner year of success with the release of 5.0 on November 16.

Beyond music, Nelly released a fitness DVD called Celebrity Sweat in September 2010, and his hugely successful Apple Bottoms clothing line for women has expanded to include fragrance, handbags and accessories, footwear, intimates, swimsuits, plus sizes, scrubs, sunglasses, optical, jewelry, girls wear, and infant apparel. In addition to recently acquiring the rights to the Troop clothing line, Nelly is the CEO of his own label, Derrty Ent., co-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats NBA expansion team, and founder of two non-profit organizations, 4Sho4Kids and Jes Us 4 Jackie.

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This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

By now the story of Grammy-winning, multiplatinum hip-hop superstar-actor-entrepreneur-philanthropist Nelly’s meteoric rise to stardom is a well-known, oft-recited part of hip-hop history. The standout member of the St. Louis rap collective the St. Lunatics inks a deal with Universal Motown Records, drops a sizzling single called “Country Grammar” with a familiar nursery rhyme hook, and follows it up with a debut album of the same name that spawns three humongous hits, spends seven weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart, scores three Grammy nominations, and sells an astonishing 9 million copies worldwide.

That, of course, is the abridged version of a story that began years ago in a part of St. Louis known as University City. It’s the story of a young man whose life was so unsettled that he moved from place to place, from family member to family member, and hung out on the streets where he was introduced to the underbelly of the city. But Nelly’s is also a story of achievement—overachievement, even. As a child, Nelly, born Cornell Haynes, Jr., was always the fastest runner, the best catcher, the hottest player on the team. He was so gifted, in fact, that he almost ended up in professional baseball instead of music.

Much to the delight of the legions of fans that now rank him among hip-hop’s premier artists, Nelly charged onto the hip-hop scene in the summer of 2000 with his breakthrough debut CD, Country Grammar. The critical acclaim, accolades, and awards rolled in almost as fast as the record sales. Country Grammar snagged three Grammy nominations, two for Best Rap Solo Performance (“Ride Wit Me,” “Country Grammar”) and one for Best Rap Album (Country Grammar). Nelly also topped Billboard’s 2000 year-end chart as the Top Male Rap Artist, and he was nominated for an American Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award, two BET Awards, two Source Awards, and a Soul Train Music Award.

Two years later, in the summer of 2002, Nelly proved to be no one-hit wonder when his sophomore album, Nellyville, entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. Boasting the popular favorite “Pimp Juice,” Nellyville went on to sell more than 6 million units and win two Grammy Awards for the ubiquitous hit singles “Hot In Herre” (Best Male Rap Solo) and “Dilemma,” featuring Kelly Rowland (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration). Nellyville also earned two American Music Awards, a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award, and two Soul Train Music Awards, in addition to pushing Nelly to No. 1 on Billboard’s 2002 year-end charts as the Top Pop, Rap, and R&B/Hip-Hop Artist. And as a featured artist on “Where The Party At” by Jagged Edge, Nelly scored an additional 2002 Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Song Collaboration.

Following the phenomenal success of 2000’s 9X platinum Country Grammar and 2002’s 6X platinum Nellyville, Nelly released a platinum-selling remix album in 2003 called Da Derrty Versions (The Reinvention). The star-studded album not only showcased innovative renditions of Nelly’s signature hits remixed by the hottest producers in the game, including The Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri, David Banner, and Scott Storch, but it also features guest appearances by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ron Isley, and Brian McKnight. That same year, Nelly contributed a track called “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” featuring Murphy Lee and P. Diddy, to the Bad Boys II soundtrack. An overnight sensation, “Shake Ya Tailfeather” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, scored a 2004 MTV Video Music Award (Best Hip-Hop Video), and won Nelly his third Grammy Award (Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group).

2003 was an incredibly busy year for Nelly. Beyond music, he launched a women’s clothing company called Apple Bottoms, a men’s clothing line called Vokal, and an energy drink called Pimp Juice, as well as partnering with Nike to release a limited edition sneaker called the Air Derrty. In an effort to educate African-Americans and other minorities about the need for bone marrow and stem cell transplant donations, and to register more donors, Nelly launched the Jes Us 4 Jackie foundation in March 2003 with his late sister, Jackie Donahue, after she was diagnosed with leukemia.

With the simultaneous release of his 2004 albums, Sweat and Suit, Nelly became the first solo artist and the first hip-hop artist in history to debut at No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The platinum-selling Sweat was conceived as an upbeat party album, packed with infectious club jams such as “Flap Your Wings” and “Tilt Ya Head Back,” featuring Christina Aguilera; while the 3X platinum Suit is made up of smooth, melodic hits like “My Place,” featuring Jaheim, and the crossover country smash “Over and Over,” featuring Tim McGraw, which scored a 2005 CMT Music Awards nomination for Collaborative Video of the Year.

While Sweat and Suit were still riding high on the charts, Nelly dropped the gold-certified 2005 compilation, Sweatsuit, featuring all of the No. 1 hits that made Sweat and Suit instant classics, along with three new singles: “Tired,” featuring Derrty Ent. artist Avery Storm; “Nasty Girl,” featuring Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G., Jagged Edge, and Avery Storm; and the Jermaine Dupri-produced smash “Grillz,” featuring Paul Wall, Ali, and Gipp. That same year, Nelly landed a supporting actor role alongside Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in the film The Longest Yard, which earned him a 2005 Teen Choice Award for Choice Rap Artist in a Movie.

Sadly, tragedy struck in 2005 when Nelly’s sister Jackie Donahue lost her battle with leukemia. But while Nelly’s Jes Us 4 Jackie foundation was unable to find a bone marrow donor for his sister, he remains passionately committed to the fight against cancer. To date, nine lives have been saved by the Jes Us 4 Jackie foundation’s efforts to match bone marrow donors.

Following a three-year hiatus, Nelly resurfaced in 2008 with his fifth album, Brass Knuckles. Propelled by the lead single “Party People,” featuring Fergie and produced by Polow Da Don, Brass Knuckles debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Other highlights from the album included “Body On Me,” featuring Akon and Ashanti, and “Stepped On My J’z,” featuring Jermaine Dupri and Ciara. During that time, Nelly also expanded his acting resume by appearing in a recurring role on the hit CBS series CSI: NY from 2008-2009.

In August 2010, Nelly made a powerful return to the Billboard charts with “Just a Dream,” the platinum lead single from his sixth album, 5.0, to be released by Universal Motown Records on November 16. Co-produced by Jim Jonsin and Rico Love, “Just a Dream” soared to No. 1 on iTunes’ Top Hip-Hop/Rap Songs chart, No. 2 on Billboard’s Ringtones chart, No. 3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard’s Digital Songs chart, and No. 4 on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart. Just as fast as “Just a Dream” became the best-selling digital single of Nelly’s career, the song’s music video swiftly surpassed more than 15 million views on VEVO, proving to be a dazzling testament to Nelly’s extraordinary mass appeal.

5.0 finds Nelly stacking the deck with the hottest producers and guest artists in pop music (T.I., T-Pain, Akon, Birdman, Keri Hilson, Kelly Rowland, Dr. Luke, Bangladesh, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, Polow Da Don). Highlights include the scorching second single, “Move That Body,” featuring T-Pain and Akon, and produced by Dr. Luke and Bangladesh; the melodic third single, “Long Gone,” featuring Chris Brown and Plies; “I’m Number 1,” featuring Birdman and DJ Khaled; and “She’s So Fly,” featuring T.I.

Ranked No. 3 on Billboard’s definitive list of the best-selling artists of the 2000s, Nelly has not only sold more than 30 million albums/singles in less than 10 years, but he also tied with Elton John for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a male solo artist. 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of Nelly’s explosive debut with Country Grammar and he is poised to celebrate this milestone in his extraordinary career by enjoying another banner year of success with the release of 5.0 on November 16.

Beyond music, Nelly released a fitness DVD called Celebrity Sweat in September 2010, and his hugely successful Apple Bottoms clothing line for women has expanded to include fragrance, handbags and accessories, footwear, intimates, swimsuits, plus sizes, scrubs, sunglasses, optical, jewelry, girls wear, and infant apparel. In addition to recently acquiring the rights to the Troop clothing line, Nelly is the CEO of his own label, Derrty Ent., co-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats NBA expansion team, and founder of two non-profit organizations, 4Sho4Kids and Jes Us 4 Jackie.

###

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

By now the story of Grammy-winning, multiplatinum hip-hop superstar-actor-entrepreneur-philanthropist Nelly’s meteoric rise to stardom is a well-known, oft-recited part of hip-hop history. The standout member of the St. Louis rap collective the St. Lunatics inks a deal with Universal Motown Records, drops a sizzling single called “Country Grammar” with a familiar nursery rhyme hook, and follows it up with a debut album of the same name that spawns three humongous hits, spends seven weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart, scores three Grammy nominations, and sells an astonishing 9 million copies worldwide.

That, of course, is the abridged version of a story that began years ago in a part of St. Louis known as University City. It’s the story of a young man whose life was so unsettled that he moved from place to place, from family member to family member, and hung out on the streets where he was introduced to the underbelly of the city. But Nelly’s is also a story of achievement—overachievement, even. As a child, Nelly, born Cornell Haynes, Jr., was always the fastest runner, the best catcher, the hottest player on the team. He was so gifted, in fact, that he almost ended up in professional baseball instead of music.

Much to the delight of the legions of fans that now rank him among hip-hop’s premier artists, Nelly charged onto the hip-hop scene in the summer of 2000 with his breakthrough debut CD, Country Grammar. The critical acclaim, accolades, and awards rolled in almost as fast as the record sales. Country Grammar snagged three Grammy nominations, two for Best Rap Solo Performance (“Ride Wit Me,” “Country Grammar”) and one for Best Rap Album (Country Grammar). Nelly also topped Billboard’s 2000 year-end chart as the Top Male Rap Artist, and he was nominated for an American Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award, two BET Awards, two Source Awards, and a Soul Train Music Award.

Two years later, in the summer of 2002, Nelly proved to be no one-hit wonder when his sophomore album, Nellyville, entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. Boasting the popular favorite “Pimp Juice,” Nellyville went on to sell more than 6 million units and win two Grammy Awards for the ubiquitous hit singles “Hot In Herre” (Best Male Rap Solo) and “Dilemma,” featuring Kelly Rowland (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration). Nellyville also earned two American Music Awards, a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award, and two Soul Train Music Awards, in addition to pushing Nelly to No. 1 on Billboard’s 2002 year-end charts as the Top Pop, Rap, and R&B/Hip-Hop Artist. And as a featured artist on “Where The Party At” by Jagged Edge, Nelly scored an additional 2002 Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Song Collaboration.

Following the phenomenal success of 2000’s 9X platinum Country Grammar and 2002’s 6X platinum Nellyville, Nelly released a platinum-selling remix album in 2003 called Da Derrty Versions (The Reinvention). The star-studded album not only showcased innovative renditions of Nelly’s signature hits remixed by the hottest producers in the game, including The Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri, David Banner, and Scott Storch, but it also features guest appearances by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ron Isley, and Brian McKnight. That same year, Nelly contributed a track called “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” featuring Murphy Lee and P. Diddy, to the Bad Boys II soundtrack. An overnight sensation, “Shake Ya Tailfeather” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, scored a 2004 MTV Video Music Award (Best Hip-Hop Video), and won Nelly his third Grammy Award (Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group).

2003 was an incredibly busy year for Nelly. Beyond music, he launched a women’s clothing company called Apple Bottoms, a men’s clothing line called Vokal, and an energy drink called Pimp Juice, as well as partnering with Nike to release a limited edition sneaker called the Air Derrty. In an effort to educate African-Americans and other minorities about the need for bone marrow and stem cell transplant donations, and to register more donors, Nelly launched the Jes Us 4 Jackie foundation in March 2003 with his late sister, Jackie Donahue, after she was diagnosed with leukemia.

With the simultaneous release of his 2004 albums, Sweat and Suit, Nelly became the first solo artist and the first hip-hop artist in history to debut at No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The platinum-selling Sweat was conceived as an upbeat party album, packed with infectious club jams such as “Flap Your Wings” and “Tilt Ya Head Back,” featuring Christina Aguilera; while the 3X platinum Suit is made up of smooth, melodic hits like “My Place,” featuring Jaheim, and the crossover country smash “Over and Over,” featuring Tim McGraw, which scored a 2005 CMT Music Awards nomination for Collaborative Video of the Year.

While Sweat and Suit were still riding high on the charts, Nelly dropped the gold-certified 2005 compilation, Sweatsuit, featuring all of the No. 1 hits that made Sweat and Suit instant classics, along with three new singles: “Tired,” featuring Derrty Ent. artist Avery Storm; “Nasty Girl,” featuring Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G., Jagged Edge, and Avery Storm; and the Jermaine Dupri-produced smash “Grillz,” featuring Paul Wall, Ali, and Gipp. That same year, Nelly landed a supporting actor role alongside Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in the film The Longest Yard, which earned him a 2005 Teen Choice Award for Choice Rap Artist in a Movie.

Sadly, tragedy struck in 2005 when Nelly’s sister Jackie Donahue lost her battle with leukemia. But while Nelly’s Jes Us 4 Jackie foundation was unable to find a bone marrow donor for his sister, he remains passionately committed to the fight against cancer. To date, nine lives have been saved by the Jes Us 4 Jackie foundation’s efforts to match bone marrow donors.

Following a three-year hiatus, Nelly resurfaced in 2008 with his fifth album, Brass Knuckles. Propelled by the lead single “Party People,” featuring Fergie and produced by Polow Da Don, Brass Knuckles debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Other highlights from the album included “Body On Me,” featuring Akon and Ashanti, and “Stepped On My J’z,” featuring Jermaine Dupri and Ciara. During that time, Nelly also expanded his acting resume by appearing in a recurring role on the hit CBS series CSI: NY from 2008-2009.

In August 2010, Nelly made a powerful return to the Billboard charts with “Just a Dream,” the platinum lead single from his sixth album, 5.0, to be released by Universal Motown Records on November 16. Co-produced by Jim Jonsin and Rico Love, “Just a Dream” soared to No. 1 on iTunes’ Top Hip-Hop/Rap Songs chart, No. 2 on Billboard’s Ringtones chart, No. 3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard’s Digital Songs chart, and No. 4 on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart. Just as fast as “Just a Dream” became the best-selling digital single of Nelly’s career, the song’s music video swiftly surpassed more than 15 million views on VEVO, proving to be a dazzling testament to Nelly’s extraordinary mass appeal.

5.0 finds Nelly stacking the deck with the hottest producers and guest artists in pop music (T.I., T-Pain, Akon, Birdman, Keri Hilson, Kelly Rowland, Dr. Luke, Bangladesh, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, Polow Da Don). Highlights include the scorching second single, “Move That Body,” featuring T-Pain and Akon, and produced by Dr. Luke and Bangladesh; the melodic third single, “Long Gone,” featuring Chris Brown and Plies; “I’m Number 1,” featuring Birdman and DJ Khaled; and “She’s So Fly,” featuring T.I.

Ranked No. 3 on Billboard’s definitive list of the best-selling artists of the 2000s, Nelly has not only sold more than 30 million albums/singles in less than 10 years, but he also tied with Elton John for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a male solo artist. 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of Nelly’s explosive debut with Country Grammar and he is poised to celebrate this milestone in his extraordinary career by enjoying another banner year of success with the release of 5.0 on November 16.

Beyond music, Nelly released a fitness DVD called Celebrity Sweat in September 2010, and his hugely successful Apple Bottoms clothing line for women has expanded to include fragrance, handbags and accessories, footwear, intimates, swimsuits, plus sizes, scrubs, sunglasses, optical, jewelry, girls wear, and infant apparel. In addition to recently acquiring the rights to the Troop clothing line, Nelly is the CEO of his own label, Derrty Ent., co-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats NBA expansion team, and founder of two non-profit organizations, 4Sho4Kids and Jes Us 4 Jackie.

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