Birth name: Cornell Haynes Jr.
Date of birth: 2 November 1974
Place of birth: Austin, Texas, USA
Height: 5′ 9″ (1.75 m)
- Nelly spent part of his first years in Spain while his father was in the US Military.
- His first solo album, “Country Grammar”, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 40. Nelly and “Country Grammar” were nominated for two 2001 Grammy Awards–Best Rap Album and Best Rap Solo Performance. On July 18, 2001, it was certified 7x platinum. “Ride Wit Me”, off the “Country Grammar” album, was nominated for three 2001 MTV Video Music Awards–Best Male Video, Best Rap Video, and Viewer’s Choice. [27 June 2000].
- Named “Best New Artist” at the 1st Annual BET Awards in 2001.
- Performed “Walk This Way” with Aerosmith and ‘NSync at the 2001 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
- Always wears clothing bearing the logos of St. Louis’ sports teams.
- His trademark chants include “E.I., E.I.!” (which means “Yes, bring it on!”) and “Uh-oh, uh-oh!”
- His trademark hand gesture is an L formed with one or both hands (the L stands for “Lunatics”).
- Has three tattoos: “Lunatic” (above his navel), a human heart appearing to emerge from his chest (upper left chest), and five playing cards and dice (right arm).
- Has a daughter, Chanel (b. 1994), and a son, Cornell III “Tre” (b. 1999).
- Nelly’s “Ride Wit Me” was named Best Rap Video of 2001 at the MTV Video Music Awards. [6 September 2001]
- Has started two new trends amongst his fans: wearing sports jerseys backward (such that one’s favorite player’s name is on one’s chest rather than back) and wearing a Band-Aid on either cheek.
- Won Favorite New Male Artist at the 2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.
- Has his own clothing line, Vokal.
- Named one of People Magazine’s “Breakthrough Stars of 2001″.
- Nominated for two 2002 Grammys: Best Rap Solo Performance (“Ride Wit Me”) and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“Where the Party At?” with Jagged Edge)
- Won the 2002 American Music Award for “Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist”
- His sophomore album, “Nellyville”, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 714,000+ units. It stayed at #1 for 3 weeks. After only a month, it was certified triple platinum.
- “Hot in Herre” was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks, followed immediately by “Dilemma” (featuring Kelly Rowland), which was #1 for 10 weeks. “Dilemma” was the first ever rap song to stay at #1 for 10 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Nelly is tied with Sir Elton John for the most consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a male solo artist.
- Ranked #39 on Entertainment Weekly’s 2002 “101 Most Powerful” List
- Featured in Teen People’s “25 Hottest Stars Under 25″ issue in 2001 and 2002
- Won 6 Billboard Music Awards in 2002 (Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Male Hot 100 Artist of the Year, Male R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, Rap Artist of the Year, and Rap Track of the Year for “Hot in Herre”) and received nominations in 8 other categories.
- Won the 2003 American Music Award for “Fan’s Choice” and received 4 other nominations.
- Nominated for five 2003 Grammys: Album of the Year and Best Rap Album for “Nellyville”, Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Dilemma”, and Best Male Rap Solo Performance for “Hot in Herre”. Nelly won for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Male Rap Solo Performance.
- When his sister Jackie Donahue needed a bone marrow transplant, Nelly helped her begin the Jes Us 4 Jackie campaign to raise awareness of the need for more bone marrow and blood stem cell donors. With this campaign, Nelly and Jackie hope to enroll more donors, especially among black Americans and other minority groups.
- Attended the same high school as actor Edgar L. Davis and Disney animator Marlon West.
- Has a deal with Reebok, producing his own signature sneakers “Derrty One”.
- His older sister, Jackie Donahue, lost her 3-year battle with leukemia in March 2005, she was 31 years old.
- Is a vegetarian
- Ranked #25 on BET’s 25 Hottest Couples with singer/songwriter Ashanti.