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"Cornell Haynes Jr." (born November 2, 1974) is an American rapper from St. Louis, Missouri who experienced massive populaity in the early 2000s. Best known by his stage name, "Nelly", he is one of the best-selling rap artists of all-time, with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. He has also achieved three number-ones in the UK (four including his vocal contribution to Nasty Girl by Notorious B.I.G), four U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number one singles, and four Grammy Awards.

Born in Austin, Texas, but raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Nelly's accent exhibits a great deal of influence from this Midwestern upbringing, as his midwest twang mixed with a southern drawl is a result of growing up in the hybrid southern-midwest city of St. Louis. Nelly also spent part of his first years in Spain while his father was in the US Military. Raised in suburban University City, Nelly formed the St. Lunatics with his friends in the surrounding area. After much frustration and failed attempts, they decided Nelly would have a better shot at success as a solo act. He...

years active 2000-present
origin St. Louis, Missouri
music genre Hip hop music
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source: Wikipedia