And, although the jury found Kelly guilty of all 9 federal counts -- including sex crimes, kidnapping, human trafficking, racketeering and obstruction of justice -- this doesn't mean his life is over ... in Akon's eyes, at least.
He tells us even Kelly has the right to try to make things right with his victims. He also offered some sage advice for those survivors.
Of course, the singer's legal battles are just beginning. Kelly still is facing another federal trial in Chicago ... and 2 other state trials for similar charges.
So, is it time for the public to cancel Kelly's hit songs, once and for all, now that he's been convicted? Akon has thoughts on that too.