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Kelis

Kelis Rogers ( /kəˈliːs/; born August 21, 1979), better known mononymously as Kelis, is an American singer-songwriter and certified chef. She has won Brit Awards, Q Awards, and NME Awards, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards. Outside her native United States, she has had nine top ten singles in the United Kingdom alone. Kelis appeared on Moby's Area One Tour, supported U2 on the European leg of their Elevation Tour, Britney Spears' The Onyx Hotel Tour and headlined her own All Hearts Tour with Robyn. Kelis was born and raised in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Her first name is a portmanteau of her father's name, Kenneth (1944–2000), and her mother's name, Eveliss. Her father Kenneth was an African American jazz musician and Pentecostal minister, and was formerly a professor at Wesleyan University. Her mother Eveliss is a Chinese fashion designer who inspired Kelis to pursue her singing career. She has three sisters, Kelis being the third born of the four girls. As a child, Kelis sang in church choirs and played violin, piano, and saxophone while attending Manhattan Country School, a private school. At the age of 13, Kelis shaved off all of her hair. In an

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Scripps National Spelling Bee Judge Blurts Out 'Milkshake' Lyrics ... For No Good Reason

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Judge Blurts Out 'Milkshake' Lyrics ... For No Good Reason

One of the judges at the Scripps National Spelling Bee loves Kelis -- or milkshakes -- and proved it by randomly quoting her classic song ... instead of using an unrelated word in a… READ MORE >

Kelis Blows $400,000 Hole in Epic Tax Bill

Kelis
Blows $400,000 Hole In Epic Tax Bill

Kelis is $400,000 closer to tax freedom ... she just paid off a huge chunk of her enormous debt, TMZ has learned.As we reported, Kelis owed a grand total of $741,027.59 in back taxes to the State… READ MORE >

- 294 days ago
Kelis -- Bi-Coastal Tax Scofflaw Racks Up Additional $134,000 Bill

Kelis
Bi-Coastal Tax Scofflaw Owes Additional $134 k

Answer: Kelis paying taxes in 2004.Question: What is something that did NOT happen?According to documents filed in May by Uncle Sam, Kelis did not pay federal income taxes 9 years ago ... to… READ MORE >

- 407 days ago
Nas & Kelis -- Romantic Getaway, Minus the Romance

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Romantic Getaway, Minus the Romance

Nas and Kelis insist they aren't getting back together, but they were out this weekend at the very romantic and luxurious Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CA with son Knight.As TMZ first… READ MORE >

- 666 days ago
Nas & Kelis -- We're Trying Not to Hate Each Other's Guts

Nas & Kelis
We're Trying Not to Hate Each Other's Guts

Nas & Kelis are desperately trying to bury the hatchet after their famously bitter divorce war -- in fact, they're even trying to forge a FRIENDSHIP -- and Nas tells TMZ, it's all for their… READ MORE >

- 670 days ago
Kelis -- Coast-to-Coast Tax Liens

Kelis
Coast-to-Coast Tax Liens

Kelis' tax problems aren't just restricted to New York -- TMZ has learned, the singer allegedly owes back taxes to the State of California AND the federal government.As we first reported, Kelis… READ MORE >

- 736 days ago
Kelis -- Her Milkshake Brings All the TAX LIENS

Kelis
Her Milkshake Brings ... All the TAX LIENS

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- 743 days ago
Illegal Alien to Kelis: You Stiffed Me!

Illegal Alien to Kelis: You Stiffed Me!

Kelis' housekeeper claims the R&B singer owes her $900 in unpaid wages -- and according to sources, there's one major problem preventing her from seeking justice ... she's an illegal… READ MORE >

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Nas -- Half the Man He Used to Be

Nas -- Half the Man He Used to Be

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- 1284 days ago
Nas Feels the Pain of Home Ownership

Nas Feels the Pain of Home Ownership

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