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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 -- 'The Notebook' Inspired Me ... to Divorce My Wife

R. Kelly
'The Notebook' Inspired Me ... to Divorce My Wife

11:43 PM PT -- Kellys' ex-wife Andrea tells TMZ ... she doesn't believe "The Notebook" truly caused their split ... telling TMZ, "[The movie] came out in 2004 and we saw it together.  Our… READ MORE >

R. Kelly Cancels Event -- 'Health Emergency'

R. Kelly
Cancels Event Over 'Health Emergency'

11:48 AM PT -- Kelly's people tell us ... "Initial indications are that he is suffering from complications from surgery he had last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords."Besides the book… READ MORE >

- 660 days ago
R. Kelly -- I Believe I Can ... Not Pay My Taxes

R. Kelly
I Believe I Can ... NOT PAY MY TAXES

The federal government is pissed at R. Kelly ... for failing to pay a whopping $4.8 million in back taxes ... TMZ has learned.According to documents filed by the IRS, Kelly owes money on his taxes… READ MORE >

- 673 days ago
R. Kelly 'Trapped In the Closet' Actors -- We Got MARRIED After Meeting on the Set

'Trapped In the Closet' Stars
We Got MARRIED After Meeting on the Set

So, there we were ... calling actors from R. Kelly's "Trapped In the Closet" saga to see how they felt about 32 new installments ... when we found out the two main stars GOT MARRIED IN REAL… READ MORE >

- 848 days ago
R. Kelly -- I've Written 32 NEW Chapters of 'Trapped In the Closet'

R. Kelly
I've Written 32 NEW Chapters of 'Trapped In the Closet'

R. Kelly needs funding -- AND QUICK -- because the singer tells TMZ he's ready to film THIRTY TWO new chapters of his legendary hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet" ... but he needs financial… READ MORE >

- 849 days ago
Lawsuit: R. Kelly Stiffed Rep to Pay Off Sex Accusers

R. Kelly Stiffed Rep to
Pay Off Sex Accusers

R. Kelly's ex-manager claims the singer refused to pay him more than $1 million in hard-earned commissions ... insisting Kelly instead used the money to pay off people who accused him of sexual… READ MORE >

- 1033 days ago
R. Kelly Pee'd Off over Scam Allegations

R. Kelly Pee'd Off over Scam Allegations

R. Kelly has been dragged into a massive investigation in South Africa -- but the singer claims he's the victim of a grifter gone mad.It all started when a woman accused of scamming more than 50… READ MORE >

- 1760 days ago
PO'ed P.I. Sues R. Kelly

PO'ed P.I. Sues R. Kelly

That pesky child porno case is rearing its ugly head again for R. Kelly.Kelly is being sued by a private investigator who claims the singer stiffed him on a $300,000 bill. According to a lawsuit… READ MORE >

- 1873 days ago
R. Kelly -- Free to Pee on Whomever

R. Kelly -- Free to Pee on Whomever

Fathers, lock up your daughters: R. Kelly is now officially a free man.His lawyers announced yesterday Kells and his wife of 11 years, Andrea Lee, have split for good, and among other things, will… READ MORE >

- 1925 days ago
R. Kelly -- I'm Into Barely Legal Babes Now

R. Kelly --
I'm Into Barely Legal Babes Now

R. Kelly was put on the spot on BET last night about his affinity for underage girls -- and even though he was married to Aaliyah when she was only 15, the guy says his tastes have matured.… READ MORE >

- 2039 days ago

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