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R Kelly

Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967), known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, rapper and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, often referred to as the 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. He is known for a collection of major hit singles including "Bump N' Grind", "Your Body's Callin'", "I Believe I Can Fly", "Gotham City", "Ignition (Remix)", "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time", "The World's Greatest", "I'm a Flirt (Remix)", and the hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet". In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for "I Believe I Can Fly". His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop and contemporary R&B artists. Kelly became the first music star to play professional basketball, when he got signed in 1997.

Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs and albums for many artists, including Aaliyah's 1994 debut album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jackson's song "You Are Not Alone". In 2002 and 2004, Kelly released collaboration albums with rapper Jay-Z and has been a guest vocalist for other hip hop artists like Nas, Sean Combs, and The Notorious B.I.G.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized R. Kelly as one of the best-selling music artists in the United States with 40 million albums sold as well as only the fifth black artist to crack the top 50 of the same list. In March 2011, R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard. Kelly has released 12 solo studio albums, and sold over 100 million records worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of the 1990s and also one of the best selling musical artists of all time. He has been credited for helping redefine R&B and hip hop, earning the nicknames "King of R&B" and "King of Pop-Soul". He is listed by Billboard as the most successful R&B/Hip Hop artist of the past 25 years(1985-2010) and also the most successful R&B artist in history.

R. Kelly was very close to his mother
In 2003, R.Kelly became one of the rare artists to have two different albums hitting the #1 spot on the Billboard Charts within the same year. He produced on of the album (Body Kiss by The Isley Brothers) and the other one was his own (The Chocolate Factory).
R. Kelly is facing 14 counts of child pornography. He was indicted in 2002 after a videotape surfaced that allegedly showed him having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He denies the claim and was due to attend a court date when he was taken to hospital for an emergency appendectomy.
In early February 2007, R. Kelly underwent an emergency appendectomy. His appendix burst after he performed at a Super Bowl party and he was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for the operation.
He is signed to Jive Records/Zomba Label Group.
R. Kelly wrote Michael Jackson's hit "You Are Not Alone".
His trademark is he frequently wears a "Zorro" mask.
His album "Chocolate Factory" sold over 500,000 copies in its first week of release. It has so far sold in excess of 2,000,000 in the USA alone.
His trademark is French braids.
He wrote Toni Braxton's hit "I don't want to".
Lena McLin inspired Kelly to become a singer. She was his high school music teacher.
R. Kelly was lampooned by the animated adult series The Boondocks. The entire episode, entitled "Trial for R. Kelly", was a parody of Kelly's alleged crimes.
Kelly often works with the legendary R'n'B group The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley. They did numerous hits together such as "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" and "Contagious".
R. Kelly collaborated with numerous artist such as Celine Dion, Jay-Z, Ja Rule, The Game, Aaliyah, Nas, Diddy and Snoop Dogg.
In 2005, MADtv produced a music video called "Trapped in the Cupboard" which was a parody of Kelly's urban opera "Trapped in the Closet".
In 2003, Dave Chappelle made a music video called "Piss On You" which was a parody of Kelly's sex scandal. Chappelle's video contains samples of Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)".
He is 6'1" (1.85 m) tall.
Discography: Born Into the '90s (1992), 12 Play (1993), R. Kelly (1995), R. (1998), (2000), The Best of Both Worlds (2002), Chocolate Factory (2003), The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1 (2003), Happy People/U Saved Me (2004), Unfinished Business (2004), TP-3: Reloaded (2005), Remix City Vol. 1 (2005), Gaz Langfords House! Vol.1 (2007).
R. Kelly has had the most Top 10 singles in America during the 1990s, making him the most successful R&B male artist of the decade. He has sold more than 31 million copies in the US alone and over 50 million copies worldwide.
In 1998, "I Believe I Can Fly" made him won 3 Grammy Awards. One for Best R&B Song, one for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance and the last one for Best Original Song from A Soundtrack. The single was a massive hit and Kelly's most famous song to this day.
Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" was ranked among Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 500 Songs Of All Time.
R. Kelly began his music career as the founder and lead singer of r&b singing group Public Announcement.
Kelly married Andrea Lee in 1996 and they had three children together, a son named Robert Jr., and two daughters Jaya and Joann. The couple filled for divorce in 2005.
Being a songwriter, a producer and a singer, Kelly mostly writes, arranges, and produces all of his own songs.
Kelly used to attend Kenwood Academy High School in Chicago, Illinois.
R. Kelly shares his birthday with Sean Paul, David Bowie, and Chris Masters.
R. Kelly married R&B Singer Aaliyah on August 30, 1994. The marriage was canceled due to Aaliyah's status as a minor. She only was 15 years old while he was in his mid 20s.
R. Kelly joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in South Park episode 137 entitled "Trapped in the Closet."


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Bump N Grind
I Believe I Can Fly

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