From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Cornell Haynes, Jr. (born November 2, 1974), better known by his stage name Nelly, is an American rapper and singer. He has performed with the rap group St. Lunatics since 1993 and signed to Universal Records in 1999. Under Universal, Nelly began his solo career in 2000 with his debut album Country Grammar, the title track of which was a top ten hit. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and went on to peak at #1. Country Grammar is Nellys best-selling album to date, selling over 8.4 million copies in the United States. His following album, Nellyville, produced the number-one hits Hot in Herre and Dilemma featuring Kelly Rowland. Other singles included Work It featuring Justin Timberlake, Air Force Ones featuring Murphy Lee and the St. Lunatics, Pimp Juice, and #1. With the same-day dual release Sweat and Suit (2004) and the compilation Sweatsuit (2006), Nelly continued to generate many chart-topping hits.