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Fast Facts

  • 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 Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television: Winner
  • 1997, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
  • 1997, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Winner


  • Carey Kelly — Brother
  • Joanne Kelly — Mother
  • Andrea Lee Kelly — Ex-wife
  • Robert Kelly Jr. — Son
  • Jaya Kelly — Daughter
  • Joann Kelly — Daughter


  • Birth Name: Robert Sylvester Kelly
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Record producer

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