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R. Kelly

Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967), best known by the stage name R. Kelly, is an R&B singer-songwriter, arranger, performer and record producer. Debuting in 1992 with the group Public Announcement, Kelly went solo in 1993 with the album 12 Play. He is known for a collection of major hit singles including "Bump N' Grind", "Your Body's Callin'", "I Believe I Can Fly", "Gotham City", "Ignition (Remix)", "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time", "The World's Greatest", "I'm A Flirt", and the hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet". Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs for other artists such as Gladys Knight, The Isley Brothers, JS, The Winans, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Tamia, K-Ci & Jo-Jo, Gerald LeVert, Kirk Franklin, Trinitee 5:7, Aaliyah, Changing Faces, Sparkle, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Charlie Wilson, Michael Jackson, Kelly Price, Maxwell, Jaheim, Céline Dion, Vanessa L. Williams, Brian McKnight, N-Phase, K. Michelle, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Ginuwine, Tyrese, Cash Money Big Timers, Ciara, Destiny's Child, Nick Cannon, Marques Houston, B2K, among others. R. Kelly, the third of four children, was born on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, and attended Kenwood Academy High School, where his music teacher-mentor Lena McLin inspired him to become a singer. Kelly's single mother, Joanne, was a singer and a Baptist. Kelly's father was absent throughout most of his life. In Chicago, Kelly's family lived on 63rd Street before relocating to a small house at 115th and Parnell Streets. Kelly began singing in the church at the age of eight. As a teenager, he began street performing under the Chicago 'L' trains before he eventually formed a group with his friend Marc McWilliams.

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R. Kelly Slums It With Cell Phone Music Video

R. Kelly
Slums It With Cell Phone Music Video

R. Kelly hijacked a random dude's cell phone this weekend in New York -- then recorded a XMAS music video for the guy ... and we got the footage.It all went down Friday night at Papa Juan Cigar… READ MORE >

R. Kelly -- I DID Pay Child Support ... Someone Set Me Up

R. Kelly
I DID Pay Child Support ... Someone Set Me Up

R. Kelly is not a child support dodging jerk ... so says R. Kelly AND his ex-wife Andrea Kelly -- and now the company who put him on blast for allegedly falling behind is backtracking.Earlier… READ MORE >

- 124 days ago
R. Kelly's DRUNKEN CONFESSION -- Lady Gaga DOMINATED Me at the AMAs

R. Kelly's
DRUNKEN CONFESSION Gaga DOMINATED Me at the AMAs

R. Kelly got straight up out-crazied by Lady Gaga at the AMAs Sunday night -- and after the show, he was man (and drunk) enough to admit it to TMZ.The R&B legend was admittedly sauced before… READ MORE >

- 141 days ago
R. Kelly Pool Party -- Urine Trouble Now

R. Kelly Pool Party
Urine Trouble Now

A famous Las Vegas pool party must have a very relaxed no-pee policy ... because R. Kelly was invited to perform there over the weekend.Wearing a Jesus piece that would make Flo Rida jealous, the… READ MORE >

- 205 days ago
Jimmy Iovine -- Throws BALLER Emmy/BD Party

Jimmy Iovine
Throws BALLER Emmy/BD Party

Jimmy Iovine threw the dopest party ever at his house in L.A. last night -- and here's the thing ... Oprah wasn't the big star there.A star struck Oprah gushed that she got to meet Mick Jagger for… READ MORE >

- 206 days ago
R. Kelly -- New 'Trapped In the Closet' Is Only 'Couple Months' Away

R. Kelly
New 'Trapped In the Closet' 'Couple Months' Away

WE CAN'T WAIT! WE CAN'T WAIT! WE CAN'T WAIT! WE CAN'T WAIT! WE CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!R. Kelly just told us the new chapter in his incredible "Trapped in the Closet" saga is only a "couple months"… READ MORE >

- 253 days ago
R. Kelly Takes DEVASTATING Loss on Mansion Auction

R. Kelly
Takes DEVASTATING Loss on Mansion Auction

This has gotta hurt ... R. Kelly's Illinois mansion was auctioned off Monday for $950,000 -- waaaay less than the $3.5-million-mortgage the singer took out to the build the place. Kelly built the… READ MORE >

- 393 days ago
R. Kelly -- Boots Rowdy Fan from Concert ... By Singing!

R. Kelly
Boots Rowdy Fan from Show ... BY SINGING!

When R. Kelly saw two ladies fighting over a seat at one of his concerts ... he didn't scream for security -- he SANG for security ... and it was all caught on tape. Kelly was in the middle of his… READ MORE >

- 527 days ago
R. Kelly -- What's Another MILLION in Unpaid Taxes?

R. Kelly
What's Another MILLION in Unpaid Taxes?

R. Kelly has a "put it on my tab" approach to his taxes ... because TMZ has learned his ever-expanding tax bill has just increased by more than a million bucks.According to documents filed in… READ MORE >

- 584 days ago
R. Kelly -- Cancels Concert Cruise ... I Don't Sing For Free!

R. Kelly
Cancels Concert Cruise ... I Don't Sing For FREE!

R. Kelly just pulled out ... of his highly anticipated act aboard a cruise ship ... telling TMZ it's all because the company couldn't cough up the cash they originally promised. If you didn't know… READ MORE >

- 613 days ago

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