R. Kelly is an American singer-songwriter and record producer.
Often referred to as King of R&B, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with
the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play.
Kelly is considered to be one of the most successful R&B artists of the last 25 years.
He is also one of the best-selling music artists in the United States with 38.5 million albums sold
as well as only the fifth black artist to crack the top 50 of the same list.
R. Kelly has released 12 solo studio albums, sold 40 million albums in the U.S. and over 60
million albums worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of 1990s.
Kelly has mentored and produced for the likes of Aaliyah, B2K, Changing Faces, Chris Brown, Boo & Gotti and reignited the careers of Ron Isley, The Isley Brothers, Charlie Wilson and more.
Robert Sylvester Kelly
January 8, 1967 (age
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Kenwood Academy High School
Joanne Kelly (died in 1993)
Andrea Lee (m. 1996-2009)
Aaliyah (m. 1994-1995)
(that marrige was annulled due to Aaliyah's status as a minor;
she was15 years old and Kelly was in his mid 20s)
Robert Kelly Jr.
R&B, soul, gospel, neo soul, hip hop soul
Singer-songwriter, record producer, actor
Vocals, piano, keyboard, guitar
Public Announcement, Ronald Isley, Jay-Z
R Kelly Controversies
In 1996 20-year-old Tiffany Hawkins sued Kelly for $10 million and accused him of having sexual
relations with her when he was 24 and she 15. Kelly settled the lawsuit in 1998 for $250,000,
February 3, 2002 a video surfaced allegedly showing Kelly engaging in sex with, and urinating on,
an underage girl.
After a long trial with many delays,
a Chicago jury found Kelly not guilty of all 14 counts on June 13, 2008
R Kelly Quotes
"I want America to know that you can't believe everything you hear, and nowadays, you can't believe everything
R Kelly Awards
Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Producer
Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Songwriter
Billboard Music Award for R&B Producer
Billboard Music Award for R&B Songwriter
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding News, Talk, or Information Series or Special: BET Tonight with Ed Gordon: “R. Kelly (Part 1)”
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Male Artist
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video
American Music Award for SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES Favorite Male Artist
Billboard Music Award for R&B/Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Grammy Award for Male R&B Vocal: “I Believe I Can Fly,”
Grammy Award for R&B Song: “I Believe I Can Fly,”
Grammy Award for Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television: “I Believe I Can Fly” (from Space Jam),