Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R.
Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, rapper and former professional basketball player.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, often referred to as the King of R&B, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement.
In 1993, Kelly went solo 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", "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".
In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for "I Believe I Can Fly".
His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop and contemporary R&B artists.
Kelly became the first music star to play professional basketball, when he got signed in 1997.
Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs and albums for many artists, including Aaliyah's 1994 debut album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number.
In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jackson's song "You Are Not Alone".
Sony Music has dropped R. Kelly after the artist faced a fury of backlash following a Lifetime documentary about his alleged abuse, pedophilia, and predatory behavior. Insiders say Sony has been.. Mashable - Published
In 2002, the singer Sparkle, whose real name is Stephanie Edwards, claimed her niece was the underage girl in an infamous sex video featuring R. Kelly. Although a jury acquitted R. Kelly, the Lifetime..
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It's a cycle that R&B fans have seen before with R. Kelly and Chris Brown. Both artists periodically make headlines with horrifying stories of their alleged behavior, only to bounce back and continue.. USATODAY.com - Published
Soon, you may be able to block R. Kelly from ever appearing on your playlists.
Spotify is testing an iOS feature called "don't play this artist," allowing users to block particular artists from.. Mashable - Published
R. Kelly's ex-wife says the stories on "Surviving R. Kelly" rang true to her because of what she says she went through with the singer -- including alleged abuse in all forms. Andrea Kelly went on.. TMZ.com - Published
In 2002, the singer Sparkle, or Stephanie Edwards, claimed her niece was the underage girl in an infamous sex video featuring R. Kelly. Although a jury acquitted R. Kelly, the Lifetime docuseries.. CBS News - Published
Weighing in on the criticism against the '99 Problems' hitmaker's move in the wake of 'Surviving R. Kelly' broadcast, the 'Recess' DJ insists that the former shouldn't be shamed for his choice. AceShowbiz - Published
Erykah Badu is sharing her thoughts about R. Kelly, who recently parted ways with his label Sony Records following the airing of Lifetime’s docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, which documented.. Just Jared - Published
Erykah Badu is back with yet another controversial train of thought about unconditional love and seeing the good in people ... this time her focus was on R. Kelly. The R&B crooner was doing a show.. TMZ.com - Published
Da Brat has quite the hot take on R. Kelly -- she's questioning the role of his alleged victims' parents, and asking one simple question ... do ya keep track of your kids? We got the legendary.. TMZ.com - Published
YoYo is still reeling from something that happened with R. Kelly sometime ago when she went to his recording studio with her daughter and the singer's people slipped her daughter his phone number. The.. TMZ.com - Published
Skrillex had an interesting take on R. Kelly and the movement to mute his music, and he says it's way more complicated than you think. We got EDM star Friday in WeHo leaving Equinox gym, and he begins.. TMZ.com - Published
One of R. Kelly's bedrooms has him in serious trouble with Chicago officials ... but he insists they've got it all twisted, because his controversial studio has never been used as a home. The Chicago.. TMZ.com - Published
Tracy Sampson alleged in a 2001 lawsuit that Kelly induced her "into an indecent sexual relationship," when she was 17. Now she's speaking out along with Jerhonda Pace who claims to have DNA proof.
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A lawyer for the Savage family has responded to reports that Henry James Mason has turned himself in, stating that it is a message to the 'I Believe I Can Fly' singer's staff that they won't be.. AceShowbiz - Published
The 'I Believe I Can Fly' hitmaker and his record label are reported to have parted ways days after protesters gathered outside its head office in New York, demanding the dropping of the singer. AceShowbiz - Published
NEW YORK (AP) — Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster. The announcement comes two weeks after the popular documentary series.. Seattle Times - Published
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Amid increasing protests following the broadcast of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary series, RCA Records has reportedly dropped the singer, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual abuse. NPR - Published