- Was inspired to pursue a career in singing by his high school music teacher.
- Made his recording debut with 1992's Born into the '90s, released under the name R. Kelly and Public Announcement.
- Solo debut came the following year with the multi-platinum 12 Play, which featured signature single "Bump & Grind."
- Collaborated with rapper Jay-Z on two albums, The Best of Both Worlds (2002) and Unfinished Business (2004).
- Began the multi-part "hip-hopera" "Trapped in the Closet" with 2005 album TP-3: Reloaded; later chapters of the popular saga were released on DVD and aired on the Independent Film Channel.
- Has sold more than 35 million albums and contributed to the soundtracks of more than 20 films.
- 1997, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
- 1997, Grammy — Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television: Winner
- 1997, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
- Joann Kelly — Daughter
- Carey Kelly — Brother
- Joanne Kelly — Mother
- Andrea Lee Kelly — Ex-wife
- Robert Kelly Jr. — Son
- Jaya Kelly — Daughter
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- Birth Name: Robert Sylvester Kelly
- Birth Place: Chicago, IL
- Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Record producer
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