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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: Creepiest. Man. Ever.

R. Kelly:
Creepiest. Man. Ever.

George Daniels dishes in an interview with L.A. radio station KJLH about Kelly's inappropriate relationship with Daniels' 21-year-old daughter, Maxine. And just for that extra-creepy factor --… READ MORE >

R. Kelly to Ne-Yo -- Don't Pee on My Parade!

R. Kelly to Ne-Yo
Don't Pee on My Parade!

Fast-rising R&B star Ne-Yo is just so sick that R. Kelly tossed him from his tour, he's suing Kelly's promoter, alleging that they kicked him off the tour because he was getting more love from… READ MORE >

- 2299 days ago
R. Kelly: Take My Pic, Go to Jail!

R. Kelly: Take My Pic, Go to Jail!

In the irony to end all ironies, a woman was sentenced to five days in jail for snapping a pic of R. Kelly in court (big no-no!). Meanwhile, he hasn't even gone to trial yet over child porn… READ MORE >

- 2308 days ago
R. Kelly's Tour Bus Busted in Utah!

R. Kelly's Tour Bus Busted in Utah!

Now TMZ knows exactly why R. Kelly was a no-show for court in Chicago -- he was left on the side of a Utah highway without a ride, after his tour bus got yanked off the road by the po-po. We… READ MORE >

- 2314 days ago
Warrant Entered for R. Kelly's Arrest

Warrant Entered for
R. Kelly's Arrest

TMZ has confirmed that a judge entered a bench warrant for singer R. Kelly -- because he did not show for a court hearing today in Chicago.We're told Kelly's tour bus was delayed in Utah, so he… READ MORE >

- 2314 days ago
R. Kelly Says Ne-Yo Gotta Go

R. Kelly
Says Ne-Yo Gotta Go

"Trapped in the Closet" brainchild R. Kelly recently peed on Ne-Yo's parade -- tossing him off his tour after just two gigs. Not so irreplaceable after all! // Now, Ne-Yo's finally breaking his… READ MORE >

- 2340 days ago
R. Kelly Boots Ne-Yo from Tour

R. Kelly
Boots Ne-Yo from Tour

More drama unfolds with R. Kelly as R&B singer Ne-Yo was suddenly removed from Kelly's latest tour. Kelly's camp cited the lack of a signed contract as the reason for Ne-Yo getting dumped.… READ MORE >

- 2343 days ago
R. Kelly's Publicist: I Believe I Can Quit!

R. Kelly's Publicist: I Believe I Can Quit!

Regina Daniels, who worked as R. Kelly's publicist for 14 years, has formally announced her decision to end all ties with the platinum pisser. What took her so long?In her statement, Daniels… READ MORE >

- 2346 days ago
R. Kelly Back on Tour -- Hide Your Daughters!

R. Kelly Back on Tour
-- Hide Your Daughters!

Singer R. Kelly isn't about to let a measly 14 counts of child pornography stop him from hitting the stage in his latest U.S. tour, which kicks off today.Kelly will be joined by Keyshia Cole,… READ MORE >

- 2349 days ago
It's Hard Out There for R. Kelly

It's Hard Out There
for R. Kelly

If R. Kelly ever actually goes to trial, he can count on Three 6 Mafia as character witnesses. Wait, is that a good thing?The Oscar-winning rap group hit up Hollywood hotspot Area last night, with… READ MORE >

- 2411 days ago

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