Nelly - Updated Jun 2023

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Austin, United States


Nelly is a popular rapper, singer, entrepreneur, and songwriter who hails from Austin, Texas, United States. Nelly is popular as ‘one of the biggest stars of the new millennium’ and a 4-time Grammy Award victor.

Early Life

The American rapper’s birthdate is 2nd November 1974 and his birthplace is Austin, Texas, United States. Nelly’s birth name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. he has been following the Christian religion.

Likewise, the rapper is an American native and is of Italian and Jamaican ethnicity. As of 2020, the age Nelly is forty-eight years old and his zodiac sign is Scorpio. The name of his father is Cornell Haynes Sr. and his mother is Rhonda Mack.

Nelly also has two siblings whose names are City Spud and Jackie Donahue.

Nelly’s father was working in the armed forces whereas his mother seems to be a housewife. At the age of 7 years when the divorce of his parents took place, Nelly resided with his mom in St. Louis.

After then, the rapper went to University City, Missouri at the time during his teenage years. In the year 1995, when the rapper was still in high school, Nelly went on to be a member of the hip-hop squad, “St. Lunatics”.

The squad turned out to be famous and their single, “Gimme What Ya Got” was a smashing success.


Caption: Nelly with his mother (Source: Instagram)


In the year 2001, Nelly got the Grammy Award for being the ‘Best Rap Solo Performance’. Likewise, he received the Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

In the same year, the American rapper acclaimed a Grammy Award for the category of ‘Best Male Rap Solo Performance’. Nelly was also honored with the Grammy Award in the year 2004 for the category, ‘Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group’.

He shared the same award with Diddy and Murphy Lee.


Caption: Nelly stage performing (Source: Instagram)

Nelly – Net Worth 2023

Being a successful and popular rapper, singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur, Nelly has been earning an impressive amount of fortune. The recent estimated net worth of Nelly is around $40 million US Dollars.

Likewise, the American rapper has also been earning some amount by appearing in several movies and TV shows. However, there is no detail about Nelly’s salary and assets. As of now, Nelly is living a luxurious and peaceful life in the United States.

Career and Professional Life

Nelly’s first album, “Country Grammar” was out on 27th June 2000 from the Universal Records label. The album included the hits, ‘Country Grammar’, ‘E.I’ and also Ride wit Me.

Then, he brought out his 2nd studio album, “Nellyville” in the year 2002 which became one of his most fruitful and admired albums. The album was on the top of the music charts and sold millions of copies globally.

Nelly then brought out his 3rd studio album, “Sweat” in 2004. The album got positive appraisals from music censors and it topped the music charts, in the U.S. and globally.

The rapper brought out his other studio album, “Suit” on 13th September 2004 which turned out to be a commercial victory. The album contained the singles, ‘My Place’, ‘Over and Over’, and also ‘N’ Dey Say.

As an actor, he acted as ‘Earl Megget’ in the 2005 sports comedy movie, “The Longest Yard” whose director is Peter Segal.

In 2008, Nelly brought out his 5th studio album, “Brass Knuckles” which got mixed criticisms and topped the music charts. The album includes the singles, ‘Body on Me’ and ‘Party People’.

Then, his compilation album, “The Best of Nelly” was out in 2009 in Japan. The same album was out by the Universal International label and included eighteen tracks.

Likewise, Nelly then brought out his 6th studio album, “5.0” in the year 2010 under the Universal Motown and the Derrty Ent label. The single, “Just a Dream” from the same album was a great success.

In the year 2011, the rapper made numerous cameo presences on several TV shows such as “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle”.


Nelly’s mixed tape, “Scorpio Season” then was out in 2012 that was his 2nd mixed tape. In the same year, the rapper played was present in the reality TV show, “The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep”.

In 2013, the American rapper brought out his single, “Hey Porsche” which was also included in his album, ‘M.O’. Nelly also declared that the same album would present singer, Chris Brown in the song, “Merry Go Round”.

The rapper’s album, ‘Nellyville’ of 2002 reached to be at the No. one on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album’s 714 thousand copies were sold within the 1st week it was out.

Nelly’s successful single, Just a Dream, was one of his most fruitful singles which topped the U.S. Pop Songs chart. The song even got a triple-platinum certification.

Moreover, Nelly has brought out his clothing brands, “Vokal” and “Apple Bottoms”. He then brought out the 4Sho4Kids Foundation which collects money and awareness for numerous children’s health problems.

The American rapper even began the trend of wearing Band-Aids on the face and also the trend of wearing sweatshirts and sports jerseys backward. As an actor, Nelly was present in Adam Sandler’s 2005 remake of the jail football movie, “The Longest Yard”.

Then, he got a repetitive character on CSI: NY. Nelly was also present on TV by showcasing 2 seasons of “Nellyville”. He then was present in “The Platinum Life” and “Real Husbands of Hollywood”.

Relationship Status

Nelly has been in an on-and-off relationship with Ashanti, an R&B singer. From the year 2014, the rapper has been dating his girlfriend, Shantel Jackson. Nelly even has two children from one of his girlfriends, Chanel Haynes and Cornell Haynes III.


Unfortunately, a twenty-two years old student at the University of Washington sued Nelly in late 2017. She claimed that the rapper had sexually abused her on his tour bus and even spoiled her name in his open denials.

The rapper’s lawyer deprecated the lawsuit as being “motivated by greed” and told them that his customer would countersue. Then the charges were ultimately let go.


Caption: Nelly with his girlfriend (Source: Instagram)

Nelly – Social Media

Talking about his presence on the social media platform, Nelly has been highly active there for a long time. The American rapper has an Instagram account with over 3.2 million followers.

Likewise, Nelly has a Facebook page with 10 million followers. The American rapper also has a Twitter account where he has already gained 3.7 million followers. Additionally, Nelly has a YouTube channel with 4.12 million subscribers as of August 2021.

Nelly – Body Measurement

As for body measurements of Nelly, he has a good height of 5 feet 8 inches or 1.73 m. The American rapper also has a suitable body weight of around 183 lbs or 83 kg.

Similarly, the body measurements of American rappers are 45 inches, 16 inches, and 34 inches. The American rapper has a dark complexion with a pair of dark brown eyes and black short hair. Moreover, Nelly has also been wearing a shoe size of 10 US.