Born Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., Nelly is a southern American rapper who made a name for himself early on. His first solo album, Country Grammar, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after debuting at No. 3. The immediate success associated with his first album helped Nelly garner a substantial fanbase as well as critical acclaim. From there, Nelly continued to produce hit after hit, crossing into other genres, including his country collaboration with Tim McGraw, and displaying his diverse talent. With influences ranging from Prince to Ice Cube, Nelly continues to be a dominant player in the rap game.
"From the Lou and...Proud"
Nelly started off his career by rapping with childhood friends, but he skyrocketed once he had complete creative control and went solo. He continued to collaborate with the members of his first group, the St. Lunatics, however. After his first album was a commercial and critical success, Nelly went on to put out six more records that fans adored. The rapper also put his fame and earnings to good use by creating scholarship opportunities and hosting benefits in his hometown of St. Louis to benefit low-income students and children suffering from leukemia. His music went on to be featured in an array of commercials, TV shows and movies.
Where can I buy Nelly tickets?
You can find Nelly tickets at StubHub, the world's largest online ticket marketplace. You can buy tickets for a Nelly concert using the Stubhub website or mobile app.
What are some must-listen-to albums by Nelly?
Nelly's first two albums are essential to any fan or listener who is new to the rapper's extensive discography. Country Grammar was certified platinum and contains some of the rapper's best-known hits, such as "Ride wit Me." Likewise, Nelly's sophomore effort, Nellyville, was also certified platinum and features hits that remain on the radio today, such as "Hot in Herre."
What are some of the songs you will hear at a Nelly concert?
Nelly is known to play all of the fan favorites at his shows. You can expect a setlist at a Nelly concert that features hits like "E.I.," "Shake Ya Tailfeather," "Batter Up," "Air Force Ones," "Country Grammar," "Hot in Herre," "The Fix," "All Work No Play," "Dilemma" and, of course, the song that put him on the map, "Ride Wit Me."
What can I expect at a Nelly concert?
Nelly has been around for a few decades now, but he has kept his momentum. His shows are packed with fans and songs. He channels his fans' energy; if you are having a good time, the rapper is too. Nelly tends to perform his more well-known songs at his concerts, so fans are able to really sing along and enjoy themselves. You can anticipate a good deal of fan engagement at one of his shows as his gratitude to his fanbase is always at the forefront of his performances.
Has Nelly been nominated for any awards?
Nelly is a decorated performer. He has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, two of which he won. He won four of the 19 Teen Choice Awards he was nominated for between 2001 and 2005. Nelly took home three of the four nominations he earned at the Soul Train Music Awards between 2004 and 2005. He took home four American Music Awards out of the seven he was nominated for between 2002 and 2013 as well as winning one of his five BET Award nominations. Finally, he also took home nine of the 18 Billboard Music Awards he was nominated for between 2002 and 2013.
What are some artists and and performers who are similar to Nelly?
Ja Rule, T.I. and P. Diddy are rappers who have a similar flow and style to Nelly's own.Back to Top
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