Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.
(born November 2, 1974), better known by his stage name, Nelly
, is an American hip hop recording artist, 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. ... more