Nelly Biography, Age, Career, Marital Status, Kids, Salary and Net Worth

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This article will answer every question you have about Nelly. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about him.

  1. What does Nelly do for a living?
  2. Who are Nelly’s parents and siblings?
  3. What are Nelly’s interests and hobbies?
  4. Is Nelly married or does he have a girlfriend/ boyfriend?
  5. Does Nelly have any children?
  6. Where is Nelly now?
  7. How tall is Nelly?
  8. How much money does Nelly earn?
  9. What is Nelly’s net worth?

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 Who is Nelly?

Cornell Iral Haynes Jr famously known by his stage name Nelly is an American singer and rapper.
Nelly is well known for his number one hits songs “Dilemma” and “Hot in Herre” (featuring Kelly Rowland) in the album Nellyville. Some hit songs of Nelly include “Body on Me” (featuring Akon and Ashanti). A lead single “Just a Dream”.

Nelly is ranked as the fourth best-selling rap as of 2014 in American music history according to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). He has won multiple accolades throughout his career including nine Billboard Music Awards and three Grammy Awards.

How Old is Nelly?

Haynes Jr is 47 years old as of February 2022, having been born on November 2, 1974, in Austin, Texas, U.S.A. Nelly shares his birthdate with celebrities such as  RanbooLive, Shah Rukh Khan, David Schwimmer, Dylan Dauzat, Kendall Schmidt, and many more.

Nelly Family

Who are Nelly’s parents?

Nelly was born to Cornell Haynes Sr (Father) who was serving in the Air Force and Rhonda Mack (Mother).

Does Nelly have any siblings?

Haynes Jr has two siblings, a brother City Spud and a sister Jackie Donahue who died of leukemia in 2005.

Nelly’s Education

Haynes Jr received his high school education at University City High School where he played football and basketball.

Nelly Wife

Nelly has been in various relationships including Channetta Valentine (1990-1999), Eve (2000-2003), Nicole Narain (2004), Ashanti (2004-2014), Lashontae Heckard (2005-2014), and Shantel Jackson (2014-2021). He has also had encounters with Karrine Steffans (2000), Ckaudia Jordan (2002), and Kat Snacks.

Nelly’s Kids

Haynes Jr has two kids, Chanelle Haynes born on February 27, 1994, and Cornell Haynes III born on march 2, 1999. Whereabouts about their mother are not known. He is also raising his sister’s children Shawn Thomas Jr and Sidney Thomas.


Nelly’s Career

Career beginnings (1974-2000)
Nelly formed St. Lunatics while in high school together with his friends Murphy Lee, Kyjuan, Ali, and his half-brother City Spud. In 1997, the group became popular locally with their single “Gimme What Ya Got”.

2000-2003 Career

Haynes Jr early 2000s career began well as he released his debut album “Country Grammar”. This album earned Nelly success. He was called to perform as a guest in the Super Bowl XXXV halftime show. His second album Nellyville was released in 2002 and was debuted as no. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Music Albums. The album had hit songs including “Dilemma” (featuring Kelly Rowland), “Hot in Herre” including others. On June 27, 2003, the album was certified 6x multi-platinum making the album highly successful.

2004 -2008

Haynes Jr performed for the second time in the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show. He also released two albums, Sweat and Suit on September 14, 2004. In the years 2004-2008, Nelly released songs like “Stepped on My J’Z” (featuring Dupri and Ciara), “Body on Me” (featuring Akon and Ashanti). He also appeared on Rick Ross’s third single “Here I Am” featuring label mate Avery Storm.


Haynes Jr made a public announcement in Las Vegas in the summer of 2009 about his yet-to-be-titled album. Nelly’s cousin Michael Johnson was murdered in Missouri thereby delaying the album’s release. Various artists were featured in the album including Akon, Chris Brown, T-Pain, Dj Khaled, Diddy-Dirty Money, Plies, Birdman, T.I, Avery Storm, and Kelly Rowland. In May 2010, Haynes Jr named the album “5.0”. It was then released on November 16, 2010. “Just a Dream” the album’s lead single was released on August 17, 2010, through iTunes.


Nelly was featured by Pitbull in the song “My Kinda Girl” which was released in June 2011. In that same year, Haynes Jr released his first-ever solo mixtape in December 2011. The mixtape was entitled O.E.MO, which stands for “On Everything MO”. The mixtape features guest artist appearances such as 2 Chainz, St lunatics, T.I, Bei Maejor including others. On September 30, 2013, the album M.O was released by Republic Records.


In the years 2014 -2015, Haynes Jr was starred in a reality TV show Nellyville for two seasons. As of 2018, Haynes is signed to Columbia Records. In 2020 in a collaboration with Florida George Line, Nelly released the song “Lil Bit”.

Haynes Jr Height and Measurements

Adding up to his well-built athletic body is a height of 5ft 8inches (1.73m) and a weight of 84 kg (185lbs)

Nelly’s Salary and Net Worth

Haynes Jr has a salary of $10 million per year and a net worth of $60 million.