Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., better known by his stage name, Nelly, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, investor and occasional actor from St. Louis, Missouri. Nelly embarked on his music career with Southern 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". Other singles included "Work It", "Air Force Ones", "Pimp Juice" and "#1". With the same-day dual release Sweat and Suit and the compilation Sweatsuit, Nelly continued to generate many chart-topping hits. Sweat debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 342,000 copies in its first week. On the same week of release, Suit debuted at number one, selling around 396,000 copies in its first week on the same chart. Nelly's fifth studio album, Brass Knuckles, was released on September 16, 2008, after several delays. It produced the singles "Party People", "Stepped on My J'z" and "Body on Me". In 2010, Nelly released the album 5.0. The lead single, "Just a Dream", has appeared in the top ten of several singles charts and were certified platinum in the United States. The second single is "Move That Body". "Gone" is the sequel to Nelly's 2002 worldwide number one single "Dilemma", also with Rowland, and serves as third single from Nelly's album.
- Born: November 2, 1974 (age 44), Austin
- Spouse: Ashanti
- Aliases: Cornell Haynes, Jr., Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., Nelly & Kelly, Nelly (ft City Spud)
- Children: Chanel Haynes, Cornell Haynes III
- Height: 5′ 8″ (1.73m)
- Genre: Hip hop music
- Websites: http://www.nelly.net/