- NAME: R. Kelly
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: January 08, 1967 (Age: 47)
- Did You Know?: R. Kelly has more Top 40 hits than any other male solo artist in the 1990s.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois
- Full Name: Robert Sylvester Kelly
- AKA: R. Kelly
- AKA: Robert Kelly
- Nickname: "King of R&B"
- Nickname: "Prince of Pillowtalk"
- ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn
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R. Kelly is a popular American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer best known for his gospel-tinged vocals and highly sexualized lyrics.
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Kelly remained an impressive force in the world of R&B and pop music. His 1998 album, R., featuring a duet with Celine Dion entitled "I'm Your Angel," sold more than 7 million copies. He had other successful collaborations around this time, as well: He and Sean "Puffy" Combs made the charts with "Satisfy You" in 1999, and two years later,
Kelly joined with Jay-Z to create another Top 10 hit, "Fiesta."
In 2002, Kelly and Jay-Z released the collaborative album The Best of Both Worlds. However, the record was overshadowed by Kelly's alleged involvement in a sex scandal. A video reportedly showing Kelly having sex with an underage girl was given to a journalist, who turned the tape over to the police. Kelly claimed that he was innocent.
In June 2002, Kelly was charged with 21 counts of criminal acts related to child pornography in Illinois. He was charged again in Florida the following year on similar charges, but these were later dropped. Despite the scandal surrounding him, Kelly still enjoyed strong commercial success. His 2004 album Happy People/U Saved Me sold more than 2 million copies, and he introduced his famous related song series, Trapped in the Closet, on the record TP.3 Reloaded in 2005. Additionally, he remained a sought-after collaborator, working with Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule, among others.
Kelly was finally put on trial in May 2008. By this time, several of the charges against him had been dropped. Then, the young woman who allegedly appeared in the video refused to testify, and several of her family members stated that it was not her in the video. After several weeks of testimony, the jury concluded that Kelly was not guilty of all 14 counts against him.
While no longer the leading star he once was, R. Kelly continues to create new music and perform live. He released Write Back to Me in 2012, which follows in the footsteps of stars like Marvin Gaye and Teddy Pendergrass. That same year, Kelly published an autobiography, Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me. Kelly explained his reason for writing the book on his website, writing that he "felt it was time they met Robert, the mama's boy, Robert the brother, Robert the father and most of all Robert the person."
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