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How Did Nelly Become Famous?

Nelly is the stage name of Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. He is best known as an American rapper & singer. Besides Nelly is a successful entrepreneur. But there is a question “How did Nelly become Famous?”

Nelly became famous for his debut album “Country Grammar” which was released in 2000. The album was at the top position on the Billboard 200 at that time. Thus Nelly gained his first fame.

How Did Nelly Become Famous
Nelly/Instagram: @nelly

Country Grammar was one of the best-selling albums of the time. Surprisingly, the album was selling over 8 million copies in the United States. As a result, Nelly became famous in the American music industry.

Nelly has excellent rap skills. People became impressed by his unique voice and rapping style. That is why Nelly got a lot of fans both offline and online.

Nelly has released several numbers of hit albums within a short time. Currently, Nelly is one of the popular singers in the American music industry.

Nelly before Making Fame

The path to Nelly’s making fame as a musician was not so easy. He had to struggle for making fame as a rapper. Finally, he got success in the rap industry after hard work.

He was born in Austin, a state of Texas in the United States on 2nd November 1974. His parents were both American citizens. Nelly’s had one sister but she passed away.

His father was served in the Air Force for a long time. Unfortunately, Nelly’s father and mother got divorced when Nelly was a teenager. Then he started living with his mother.

They were not so rich. As a result, Nelly had to think about earning from an early age. Then he decided to form a hip-hop music group. Within a short time, he formed a music group successfully.

But Nelly did not make fame through the music group overnight. He released the first single in 1997 and started making more hip-hop songs. Anyway, he is a famous rapper now.

The Career of Nelly

Nelly got success from his debut album Country Grammar. There are several hit songs on this album including “E.I.” & “Ride Wit Me.” It was a hit album during that era.

From the album Nelly became famous. “Nellyvile” was the second album of the rapper. It was released in 2002 and the album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Music Albums. 

In 2003, he released a remix album “Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention.” One year later, Nelly released two albums “Sweat” & “Suit.” However, Nelly released several hit songs throughout his whole career.

Some Hit Songs of Nelly:

Song NameReleasing Year
Hot In Herre25th December 2009
Dilemma6 October 2009
Just A Dream22nd September 2010
Over And Over7th October 2009
Batter Up7th October 2009
Hey Porsche1st March 2013
One & Only28 December 2009

As a famous rapper, Nelly had performed in many programs and concerts. His upcoming concert will be arranged in Las Vegas, Nevada, the United States on 14th May 2022. 

Nelly’s Other Ventures

Nelly is worked in television series & films along with the music industry. In 2014, Nelly was worked on a reality TV show named “Nellyvile.” He was also worked as a coach on the show “The Next Fame Is at Your Doorstep.”

On the other hand, Nelly performed in the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show a couple of times between 2004 to 2006. Nelly is also worked in the film industry.

His debut film was Snipes which was released in 2001. Later, Nelly worked on another movie in 2005. He appeared in a crime drama in 2008. He was the main cast of a mockumentary series named “Real Husbands of Hollywood.”

Nelly is also an entrepreneur. He signed a deal with Nike & Reebok.  Besides he has done ads for a couple of companies. Pimp Juice is the energy drinks company of Nelly.

He is the owner of a female clothing line “Apple Bottoms.” In 2015, Nelly dealt with Mike and Ike candy company. He got success in his business sectors. 

Social Media Fame of Nelly

Nelly is active on social media with millions of fan followers. Social media played an important role in increasing the popularity of celebrities.

On Instagram, Nelly has an account with more than 3 million followers. Besides, he has about 4 million followers on his Twitter account. Nelly is also famous on Facebook.

The rapper has an official YouTube channel with 4.55 million subscribers. His several songs got millions of views on YouTube. Thus the American rapper Nelly achieved a lot of fame.