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ROBERT SYLVESTER KELLY (born January 8, 1967), known professionally as R. KELLY, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois
Illinois
, 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
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)
Ignition (Remix)
", "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time ", "The World\'s Greatest ", "I\'m a Flirt (Remix) ", and the hip-hopera " Trapped in the Closet ". In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards
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 musician to play professional basketball , when he was signed in 1997.

Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs and albums for many artists, including Aaliyah
Aaliyah
's 1994 debut album Age Ain\'t Nothing but a Number . In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
's song " You Are Not Alone ". In 2002 and 2004, Kelly released collaboration albums with rapper Jay-Z
Jay-Z
and has been a guest vocalist for other hip hop artists like Nas
Nas
, Sean Combs
Sean Combs
, and The Notorious B.I.G.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized R. Kelly
R. Kelly
as one of the best-selling music artists in the United States with 40 million albums sold as well as only the fifth black artist to crack the top 50 of the same list. In March 2011, R. Kelly
R. Kelly
was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard . Kelly has released 12 solo studio albums, and sold over 100 million records worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of the 1990s. He has been credited for helping redefine R&B and hip hop , earning the nicknames "King of R&B" and "King of Pop-Soul". He is listed by Billboard as the most successful R&B/Hip Hop artist of the past 25 years (1985-2010) and also the most successful R the bullet is reportedly still lodged in his shoulder.

Kelly was eight years old when he had his first girlfriend. They would hold hands and eat make-believe meals inside their playhouse built from cardboard, where they "vowed to be boyfriend and girlfriend forever." Their last play date turned tragic when, after fighting with some older children over a play area by a creek, Lulu was pushed into the water. A fast-moving current swept her away while she screamed Kelly's name. Shortly after, she was found dead downstream. Kelly calls Lulu his very first musical inspiration. Kelly was a street performer under the Chicago
Chicago
"L" tracks.

Kelly entered Kenwood Academy in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood in the fall of 1981, where he met his music teacher Lena McLin , who encouraged Kelly to perform the Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
classic "Ribbon in the Sky " in a high school talent show. McLin encouraged a young Kelly to leave the basketball team. She said he was furious at first, but after his performance at the school talent show, he changed his mind. Kelly played high school basketball with the late basketball player Ben Wilson . He sang "It\'s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday " at Ben Wilson's funeral.

As a teenager, Kelly began street performing under the Chicago
Chicago
"L" tracks before he eventually formed a group with his friends Marc McWilliams, Vincent Walker, and Shawn Brooks. In 1989, Kelly, McWilliams, Walker, and Brooks formed the group MGM (Musically Gifted Men). In 1990, MGM recorded and released their first single "Why You Wanna Play Me"; after releasing the single, the group disbanded. In 1991, Kelly signed with Jive Records and teamed with a new group from Chicago
Chicago
called Public Announcement .

Kelly's mother Joanne died in 1993.

CAREER

1992–96: BORN INTO THE 90\'S, 12 PLAY AND R. KELLY

R. Kelly
R. Kelly
got his breakthrough in 1989 when he, along with Marc McWilliams, Vincent Walker and Shawn Brooks, participated on the talent TV show Big Break, hosted by Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
. Kelly went on to win the $100,000 grand prize. Subsequently, Kelly's debut album Born into the 90\'s was released in early 1992 (credited as R. Kelly
R. Kelly
and Public Announcement ). Released during the new jack swing period of the early nineties, the album yielded the R clear: left; margin: 0.5em 1.4em 0.8em 0; width:20em; padding: 10px; border: 1px solid #aaa; font-size: 88%; background-color: #F9F9F9;"> I didn't really know if the album would be as successful as it has been, but I hoped that it would. I was really taking a chance with the concept of this album. — Kelly on 12 Play
12 Play
, 1994.

Kelly's first solo album, 12 Play
12 Play
, was released on November 9, 1993 and yielded the singer's first number-one hit, "Bump N\' Grind ", which spent a record-breaking 12 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart. Subsequent hit singles: "Your Body\'s Callin\' " (U.S. Hot 100: #13, U.S. R&B: #2) and "Sex Me" (U.S. Hot 100: #20, U.S. R&B: #8). Both singles sold 500,000 copies in the United States and were certified Gold by the RIAA. In 1994, 12 Play
12 Play
was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), eventually going six times platinum.

Following the success of 12 Play
12 Play
, Kelly became a demand as a writer and producer. May 24, 1994, Kelly's protégé Aaliyah
Aaliyah
released her debut album titled Age Ain\'t Nothing But a Number which was entirely written and produced by R. Kelly. The album peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 and sold over three million copies in the United States. Age Ain\'t Nothing But a Number spawned two hit singles: "Back & Forth " (U.S. Hot 100: #5, U.S. R blocked Kelly's "Your Body\'s Callin\' from the top spot and " At Your Best (You Are Love) " (U.S. Hot 100: #6, U.S. R&B: #2). Kelly also wrote and produced the female R&B duo Changing Faces first two hit singles, " Stroke You Up " (U.S. Hot 100: #3, U.S. R&B: #2) and "Foolin\' Around " (U.S. R two nominations for writing, producing and composing Michael Jackson's last number one hit " You Are Not Alone ". On November 14, 1995, Kelly's success continued with the release of his eponymous second studio album . Critics praised Kelly for his departure from salacious bedroom songs to embracing vulnerability. New York Time 's Stephen Holden described Kelly as "The reigning king of pop-soul sex talks a lot tougher than Barry White, the father of such fluffed-up pillow talk and along with Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
and Donny Hathaway, a major influence on Kelly." In December 1995, Professor Michael Eric Dyson critiqued Kelly's self-titled album for VIBE . Dyson described Kelly's growth from the 12 Play
12 Play
album: "Kelly reshapes his personal turmoil to artistic benefit" and noted that Kelly is "reborn before our very own ears."

The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming Kelly's first number one album on the chart, and reached number one on the R his second. R. Kelly
R. Kelly
spawned three platinum hit singles: "You Remind Me of Something " (U.S. Hot 100: #4, U.S. R&B: #1), "I Can't Sleep (Baby If I)" (U.S. Hot 100: #5, U.S. R&B: #1), and "Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) " (U.S. Hot 100: #4, U.S. R a duet with Ronald Isley . Kelly's self-titled album sold four million copies, thus receiving 4× platinum certification from the RIAA. Kelly promoted the album with a 50-city "Down Low Top Secret Tour" with LL Cool J
LL Cool J
, Xscape , and Solo.

On November 26, 1996, Kelly released " I Believe I Can Fly ", an inspirational song originally released on the soundtrack for the film Space Jam . "I Believe I Can Fly" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 1 on the UK charts for three weeks and won three Grammy Awards in 1998 .

1997–2001: R. AND TP-2.COM

In 1997, Kelly signed a contract to play professional basketball with the Atlantic City Seagulls of the USBL . Kelly wore the number 12 in honor of his album 12 Play
12 Play
. Kelly said "I love basketball enough to not totally let go of my music, but just put it to the side for a minute, and fulfill some dreams of mine that I've had for a long time." Kelly's USBL contract contained a clause that would allow him to fulfill a music obligation when necessary. "If Whitney Houston needs a song written", Gross said, "he would be able to leave the team to do that and come back". "It wasn't a gimmick," said Ken Gross, the Seagulls owner who signed Kelly. "He's a ballplayer. He can play." Kelly is the first music artist to play professional basketball.

In 1998, Kelly wrote and produced the debut album of his protégé Sparkle , which was released under his Rockland label and distributed through Interscope . In 2000, Sparkle went Platinum due to the success of the first single,"Be Careful", a duet featuring R. Kelly. Since the success of Space Jam 's " I Believe I Can Fly ", Kelly gained notoriety for penning songs to popular soundtracks such as Batman & Robin ("Gotham City") and Life ("Fortunate").

On November 17, 1998, Kelly released his fourth studio album and first double album R. . Musically, the album spans different genres from pop ( Celine Dion
Celine Dion
), street rap ( Nas
Nas
and Jay-Z
Jay-Z
) to Blues ("Suicide"). Dave Hoekstra of the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
described the album as "easily the most ambitious project of his career." R. is the first album that Kelly allowed other record producers to contribute on his album, as opposed to producing the entire album himself, and his first time collaborating with various artists on his album. The album remains Kelly's biggest selling album to date having sold 8 million copies in the United States and 4 million copies internationally.

R. reached number one on the R&B albums chart, becoming Kelly's third number one album to do so, and entered at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. It spawned Kelly's second number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 , "I'm Your Angel", a duet with Celine Dion
Celine Dion
and notable classics such as "When A Woman\'s Fed Up " (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop: #5) and "If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time" (Hot 100: #12, UK: #2). The album also contains Kelly's international hit, " I Believe I Can Fly ", which had been released two years prior on the Space Jam soundtrack.

In 1999, Kelly wrote and produced, along with contribution from Wyclef Jean , the majority of the soundtrack to the Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence film Life .

As the year 2000 commenced, Kelly racked up a slew of new awards reflecting his status as an established R&B superstar. In January 2000, Kelly had won Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist at the American Music Awards and, in February, was nominated for several Grammy Awards , including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("When a Woman's Fed Up"), Best R&B Album (R. ), and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("Satisfy You ") with P. Diddy
P. Diddy
.

On November 7, 2000, Kelly released his fifth studio album TP-2.com , an album harking back to his breakthrough album, 12 Play
12 Play
. Unlike Kelly's previous effort, R. , all songs on TP-2.com was written, arranged, and produced entirely by Kelly. AllMusic 's Jason Birchmeier rated TP-2.com with 4 stars and described Kelly's style: "Kelly knows how to take proven formulas and funnel them through his own stylistic aesthetic, which usually means slowing down the tempo, laying on lush choruses of strings and background vocals, taming down the lyrics for radio, and catering his pitch primarily to wistful women.

The album was Kelly's second album to peak at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the fourth to top the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. TP-2.com yielded the hits "I Wish " (U.S. Hot 100: #14, U.S. R&B: #1), "Feelin\' On Yo Booty " (U.S. R&B: #9), and the remix to "Fiesta " (U.S. Hot 100: #6, U.S. R&B: #1), which featured Jay-Z
Jay-Z
.

In 2001, Kelly won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards and Billboard magazine ranked TP-2.com at number 94 on the magazine's Top 200 Albums of the Decade.

2002–03: THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS AND CHOCOLATE FACTORY

"The World's Greatest", from the Ali soundtrack, was a hit, and Kelly performed at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. In 2001, Kelly began discussing the possibility of a joint album with Jay-Z after the positive reception of Jay-Z's "Guilty Until Proven Innocent ", which featured Kelly and the remix to "Fiesta " which featured Jay-Z
Jay-Z
. In December 2001 at the Billboard Music Awards , Kelly confirmed the album's existence and announced the title of the album, The Best of Both Worlds . During this time, Kelly began working on the follow-up to his fifth studio album TP-2.com , titled Loveland.

On January 24, 2002, at the press conference announcing The Best of Both Worlds completion, celebrities such as Johnnie Cochran
Johnnie Cochran
, Russell Simmons , Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross
, and Sean Combs
Sean Combs
lined up to praise the album, with Jay-Z
Jay-Z
stating that he hoped the collaboration represents "more unity for black people on a whole." Black Electorate described the collaboration as "one of the greatest power moves in black music history." MTV
MTV
's Shaheem Reid wrote: "And if Jay and Kelly can put their egos to the side long enough to wrap up and promote their album, then their labels — Def Jam and Jive, respectively — can surely figure out a way to join forces and make cheddar together. As determined by a coin toss, the album will be distributed on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam in the U.S. and Canada, while Jive will handle distribution internationally."

When the joint album leaked on February 22, 2002 it caused the label, Roc-A-Fella , to push the album's release date up from the initial date, March 26, to March 19. Jay-Z
Jay-Z
expressed his frustration about the album leak to MTV
MTV
News: "It's the gift and the curse. It's an honor that everybody wants your music fast, but on the other hand, it's another thing when the music gets out before you . Because that's your art. You feel attached to it. You feel a certain way and you want people to go out and support it. The time that you take, it's like a piece of your life. You take parts of your life and you put it on these records and then for it to just be traded and moved around .

The release date for The Best of Both Worlds was eventually moved back to the initial date March 26. The album sold 285,000 copies in its opening week and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200.

In May 2002, Kelly's initial sixth studio album, Loveland, leaked and was delayed to release in November. Instead Kelly re-recorded the entire album, titled it Chocolate Factory and featured several of the bootlegged tracks on the bonus Loveland disc.

In early 2003, Chocolate Factory became a runaway success for Kelly, selling over three million copies due to the success of singles such as "Ignition ". "Snake" and "Step in the Name of Love" were also popular singles. "Snake", incidentally, became the basis of the dancehall reggae riddim known as Baghdad. Later that year Kelly followed that success by releasing his first greatest hits collection The R in R&B Collection Volume 1, the album as well as a DVD collection.

2004–05: HAPPY PEOPLE/U SAVED ME AND TP.3 RELOADED

In 2004, Kelly released the ambitious two-disc set Happy People/U Saved Me , with the first disc including feel-good, stepping-inspired tracks, while focusing on gospel and inspirational material on the second disc. That same year, Kelly performed The Star-Spangled Banner during the introduction of the world championship boxing fight between Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins
and Jermain Taylor . His performance, which included a line of dancers doing the "stepping" routine and a prerecorded instrumental track set to the sound of "Happy People" was met with a mixed reaction. In October 2004, Kelly reunited with Jay-Z
Jay-Z
to do a follow-up to their Best of Both Worlds album shortly after announcing a tour to coincide with the project after the duo performed at Madison Square Garden a year before. The duo's Unfinished Business album was released and peaked at number one on the Billboard chart.

The Unfinished Business tour was plagued by a rivalry between the two stars and Kelly reportedly showing up late or not at all to gigs. The singer, according to Jay-Z, often complained that the touring lights were not directed towards him and often left during the middle of sets. Another night during the concert, Kelly stayed on his tour bus for two hours before finally coming out to perform an uninspired set. Jay-Z
Jay-Z
eventually removed R. Kelly
R. Kelly
halfway through the tour, after a member of Jay-Z's entourage attacked R. Kelly
R. Kelly
with Mace or pepper spray . On April 25, 2006, it was confirmed that Jay-Z's younger cousin, Tyran (Ty-Ty) Smith confessed in a Manhattan Criminal Court to pepper-spraying R. Kelly
R. Kelly
and four of his bodyguards at Madison Square Garden in October 2004. Smith had been charged with assault, but was allowed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct for four days of community service. After the original incident, Jay-Z
Jay-Z
made Smith an executive of Def Jam Records . Kelly also launched a $75 million lawsuit against Jay-Z
Jay-Z
for removing him from the tour, which received a countersuit by Jay-Z
Jay-Z
which was thrown out by the judge.

In 2005, Kelly released his seventh studio LP, TP.3 Reloaded. The album included chapters of " Trapped in the Closet ".

2006–08: DOUBLE UP

On 2006, Kelly started The Light It Up Tour , It later became his first concert DVD.

On May 29, 2007, R Kelly released his eighth studio album Double Up, which included the hit single "I\'m a Flirt (Remix) ", featuring T.I. and T-Pain . The original track entitled "I'm a Flirt", also produced and co-written by R. Kelly, appeared as a hidden track on Bow Wow 's The Price of Fame (2006). However, Kelly never gave the rights for the song to be released as a formal single, although it was played by many radio stations before the remix version. Kelly's first single from Double Up was " I'm a Flirt (Remix)", Bow Wow was not featured on this version of the song. In Kelly's video for " I'm a Flirt (Remix)", he encourages fans to call a number which flashes up quickly on the screen. Fans who called the number were greeted by a recording of Kelly talking about his upcoming album and playing snippets of new songs in the studio. " I'm a Flirt (Remix)" was successful for Kelly. The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks. Another hit on the album, "Same Girl ", was a collaboration between Kelly and Usher . The single peaked at number 20 on the Hot 100 and peaked at number four on the R&B chart. Other singles such as "Rock Star" featuring Ludacris
Ludacris
and Kid Rock , "Sex Planet" and "Freaky in the Club" were R&B charters, although the latter two were not officially released as singles, nor was the title track featuring Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
.

Kelly's other single from Double Up titled "Rise Up" was a tribute to the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre . The song was officially released as a digital download May 15, 2007. Proceeds were donated to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, a fund that helped family members of the victims of the shootings.

Kelly began his Double Up tour with Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo
, Keyshia Cole and J. Holiday opening for him. After two shows, promoter Leonard Rowe had Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo
removed from the tour because of a contract dispute. However, Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo
alleges that the reason for the dropout was because Ne-Yo believes he received a better response from critics and fans, even though he only performed at two shows. Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo
filed a lawsuit against Rowe Entertainment. It was shown that Kelly was not mentioned in the lawsuit. In December 2007, Kelly was showing up to another preliminary court hearing on his case due to his tour bus being held up in Utah. The judge threatened to revoke Kelly's bond, but the judge eventually decided not to. In 2008, Kelly released a rap track titled "I'm a Beast" in which he coarsely attacked his detractors, though Kelly himself never mentioned by name whom the song was directed to.

In 2008, Billboard reported that Kelly had plans to release his newest album titled 12 Play: Fourth Quarter in the summer of that year but the album was postponed. Billboard also named Kelly among the most successful artists ever for its 50th Anniversary List. In the spring, the first promotional single " Hair Braider ", peaked at No. 56 on Billboard's R&B chart. On July 28, the entire album leaked online. The album was then pushed back to be released in the fall. On September 18, Kelly released the video to the second promotional single "Skin". However, the album still has no official release date.

Though Kelly has not released an album, he has kept busy in the studio doing featured guest spots on numerous remixes including " Lookin Boy " remix by Hotstylz , Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
's "Touch My Body " remix, a verse for a remix to Kanye West
Kanye West
's single " Love Lockdown ", Raheem DeVaughn
Raheem DeVaughn
's "Customer " remix, Beyoncé ' " If I Were a Boy " remix, T-Pain 's "Chopped \'n\' Skrewed " remix, among others. A recent track was leaked on the internet titled "I Believe". Kelly states on his official MySpace page that Obama's election inspired him to write the song, which contains an excerpt from Barack Obama
Barack Obama
's presidential acceptance speech. This song was available on iTunes as a free download the first week it was released.

2009: UNTITLED AND AFRICA

January 2009, after separating in fall of 2005, Kelly finalized divorce to ex-wife Andrea Kelly. The couple had been married for 11 years.

On June 3, 2009, Kelly released his first ever mixtape , The Demo Tape (Gangsta Grillz) presented by DJ Skee and DJ Drama
DJ Drama
as a way to reintroduce himself to fans.

While at the Velvet Room in Atlanta
Atlanta
in February 2009, Kelly announced that he was out there working on the album and that it would be called Untitled . The album was given a September 29, 2009 release date, but was delayed until October 13, 2009. The album release was again delayed and was released under Jive Records on December 1, 2009. It got mixed to positive reviews from critics. The single "Number One ", which features Keri Hilson
Keri Hilson
, peaked at #8 on the US R the compilation was only released in Europe. In the September 2010 issue of XXL magazine, Kelly mentioned that the song Sign of a Victory gave him the idea to do an international album called Epic .

In November 2010, Kelly collaborated with several African musicians forming a supergroup known as One8. The group features 2Face from Nigeria, Ali Kiba from Tanzania, Congolese singer Fally Ipupa , 4X4 from Ghana, hip-hop artist Movaizhaleine from Gabon, Zambia's JK , Ugandan hip-hop star Navio and Kenya's Amani , the only female in the group. The first release from the group is "Hands Across the World" written and produced by Kelly.

Kelly's tenth album Love Letter was released on December 14, 2010 worldwide. The album includes 15 songs, the latter being a bonus track; a cover of Michael Jackson's You Are Not Alone , which was written and produced by Kelly as well. Love Letter has been critically acclaimed by music critics and highly praised by critics and fans alike. ABC News declared "The genius of R. Kelly
R. Kelly
has been resurrected and is on full display on Love Letter " The first single "When a Woman Loves" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
. ABC News music critic named "When a Woman Loves" the best single of 2010 saying: "An absolutely stunning love song with a pitch-perfect vocal performance that will send chills down your spine — for the right reasons." The next single, "Love Letter" and "A Love Letter Christmas", the Christmas remix to "Love Letter", were released as singles on November 22, 2010. In promotion of the Love Letter album he performed at the 2010 Soul Train Music Awards and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
. All songs on the album were written and produced by Kelly.

2011: THROAT SURGERY

At the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
, Kelly performed a medley of hits including "Happy People", "When a Woman's Fed Up" and "Bump N' Grind". Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
wrote "Kelly is a single-bound kind of leaper who dips into everything from soft porn to opera in his music. His supreme chutzpah, a quality he shares with Streisand, allows him to feel secure within pop's traditions while taking them wherever he pleases. He made Davis' musical program, which at times got lost amid the chatter of the A-list crowd, come alive. It was all so simple then: an instant when one of pop's key traditional elements, that determination to wow, took on new dimension in the hands of an expert."

In March 2011, Kelly was named the #1 R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard. In his career Kelly has amassed 35 top 10 hits and 11 #1 hits on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

On July 19, 2011, Kelly was rushed to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago
Chicago
to undergo emergency throat surgery. He cancelled his heavily advertised performance at the Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica that was scheduled the following Friday. In a statement the organizers said, "Kelly's unforeseen and unavoidable health issues will prevent him from making a scheduled appearance on the music festival." Johnny Gourzong, Sumfest Productions executive director, also commented, saying, "We are truly going to miss his presence on the festival." On July 20, 2011, in a press release, representatives for R. Kelly explained that he was rushed to the hospital to drain an abscess on one of his tonsils and "will be laid up for an indefinite amount of time". Shortly after, Kelly tweeted fans "I WILL BE BACK!" he promised and "I'd like to thank everybody for their love, concern and support." On July 21, 2011, Kelly's spokesman, Allan Mayer, reported that Kelly was released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and is recuperating at home. It was not immediately clear when Kelly might be well enough to resume performing. On July 21, 2011, in a video message to fans, Kelly spoke out for the first time since throat surgery and reassured his fans that he's doing well. He said "Yo what's up, y'all, it's your boy Kellz, fresh out the hospital. Just want to say thanks to my fans for supporting me. I want to say thanks to all the prayer warriors out there for supporting me."

On September 23, 2011, Variety confirmed that Kelly has signed on to write original music for the Sparkle soundtrack. On April 25, 2011, Director Salkim Akli was quoted saying, "Hopefully, R. Kelly
R. Kelly
will come on and do some of the music for the film. His latest music sounds like it came from a time period. Here's a guy who can write about a woman being a jeep to 'I Believe I Can Fly' and he's an artist. Whether you like him or dislike him, I love artists, and I know that he will just go deep into it and come up with something unique."

On October 7, RCA Music Group
RCA Music Group
announced it was disbanding Jive Records along with Arista Records
Arista Records
and J Records . With the shutdown, Kelly (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release his future material on the RCA Records
RCA Records
brand.

On November 10, 2011, Kelly tweeted to fans "It's been a long time coming but I finally feel a lot better about my throat since the surgery and this is the first song I wrote." followed with "Enjoy!" and a link to a song titled "Shut Up ". In the song, Kelly addresses the people who doubted his ability to come back after the surgery and the rumors that surrounded him while he was in recovery. Reviews for "Shut Up" were generally positive: Spin (magazine) wrote, "Kelly taking aim at the haters who said "he's washed up, he's lost it." He hasn't. Dude's voice is in prime smooth R Love Letter, Happy People and a little bit of TP-2.Com. On February 1, 2012, Kelly released the first single, "Share My Love ", off Write Me Back, followed by "Feelin\' Single ". The album will be released on June 26.

On February 18, 2012, R. Kelly
R. Kelly
performed at Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
's memorial. Kelly performed the ballad I Look to You, a song he wrote for Whitney that she released on July 23, 2009. The song was included in her seventh and final studio album, also titled I Look to You . After singing the song he said, "We love you Whitney. Rest in Peace." before leaving the stage.

On March 20, 2012, IFC announced a third installment of the "Trapped in the Closet " will be coming soon. The new chapters aired on IFC on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

On June 26, 2012, Kelly released his eleventh studio album, Write Me Back .

On August 31, 2012, Kelly announced The Single Ladies Tour featuring R&B singer, Tamia .

On September 1, 2012, the Japanese branch of retail chain HMV revealed Kanye West's Cruel Summer track list. Kelly is featured alongside Kanye West
Kanye West
on the opening song entitled " To the World ".

2013–2015: BLACK PANTIES AND THE BUFFET

During 2013, R. Kelly
R. Kelly
has been continuing his "The Single Ladies Tour". He has also been performing at a variety of music festivals across North America, including Bonnarro , Pitchfork , and Macy's Music Festival. On June 30, 2013, R. Kelly
R. Kelly
performed live at BET Awards Show for the first time in many years, singing a medley of his hits as well as a snippet of his new track "My Story " featuring Atlanta
Atlanta
rapper 2 Chainz . This was followed by news that Kelly was releasing the song as the lead single for his upcoming twelfth studio album Black Panties . The album itself was officially released on December 10, 2013.

During this time, R. Kelly
R. Kelly
also collaborated with a variety of artists. He co-wrote and is featured on Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
's song "Do What U Want " from her 2013 album Artpop . R. Kelly
R. Kelly
performed his duet with Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
for the first time on Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
on November 16, 2013. The two are also scheduled to perform the song live again at the 2013 American Music Awards
American Music Awards
. He also collaborated with Birdman and Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne
on the Rich Gang album's second single and on Twista 's first single on his new album "Dark Horse". Music videos have been produced for both singles. At midnight on November 17, R. Kelly
R. Kelly
and Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber
debuted their first collaboration entitled "PYD ".

R. Kelly
R. Kelly
was also featured on the soundtrack album of the film The Best Man Holiday with his song "Christmas, I\'ll Be Steppin\' ".

On an interview with Global Grind on November 15, R. Kelly
R. Kelly
stated that he has a song that he is going to be servicing to Celine Dion
Celine Dion
and it could be their first song together after the number one single "I\'m Your Angel " in 1998. He also confirmed that Trapped in the Closet is going to Broadway and that he's working on making movies and also more chapters for his Hip Hopera , telling his fans that they will see a lot going on for him in past two or three years and more. He is also working with singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
for her new upcoming album " The Art of Letting Go ".

Kelly has been featured on a couple of remixes such as "Gorilla (G-Mix) " with Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
and Pharrell
Pharrell
, " U.O.E.N.O. " by Rocko , " Trying to Be Cool
Trying to Be Cool
" with Phoenix , "Clean this House" by Gospel singer Isaac Carree , "Dirty Laundry " by Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland
, and "Representin " by Ludacris
Ludacris
featuring himself and Fabolous .

In late 2013, R. Kelly
R. Kelly
announced with Rap-Up TV that he was planning to release the sequel to the album Black Panties for the summer of 2014, White Panties. He also added that he is finishing up a Christmas album for late 2014 called The 12 Nights Of Christmas . R. Kelly
R. Kelly
is also planning a tour with R&B singer Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
called "The King "> Kelly's biggest influence is the King of Soul , Sam Cooke .

Kelly's music took root in R&B , hip hop and soul . One of Kelly's earliest musical memories is listening to his mother, Joanne Kelly sing. As a young child, he was influenced by the work of musicians such as Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
, Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
, Al Green
Al Green
, Donny Hathaway , Sam Cooke , and The Isley Brothers
The Isley Brothers
. Although Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
had a substantial influence on Kelly, Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
, and Donny Hathaway are Kelly's greatest inspirations. In reference to Hathaway, Kelly declared: "A guy like Donny Hathaway had a focused, sexual texture in his voice that I always wanted in mine," Kelly said. "He had smooth, soulful tones, but he was spiritual at the same time." Kelly was heavily influenced by Marvin Gaye's R he freestyles everything in the studio. He states: "I never write anything down, since I've been in the song writing business – 20 years, I never write anything on paper, everything comes off the top of my head. I get in there, do the track, and whatever the track feels like, that's what I do."

OTHER VENTURES

ROCKLAND RECORDS

Main article: Rockland Records

Kelly launched his own label, the Interscope Records -distributed Rockland Records. The label's roster included artists Sparkle , Boo & Gotti , Talent, Vegas Cats, Lady, Frankie, Secret Weapon, and Rebecca F.

In 1998, the label's first artist, Sparkle released her debut self-titled album, Sparkle . In addition to producing and writing the project, Kelly made vocal contribution to the hit duet "Be Careful," which contributed largely to the album's success. The album was certified platinum in December 2000. In 1999, Kelly wrote and produced the soundtrack to the Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy movie Life , which features tracks from K-Ci & JoJo , Maxwell , Mýa , and Destiny\'s Child . The soundtrack was released on Rockland label. Rockland artists Sparkle, Talent, and Vegas Cats all appeared on the Life soundtrack.

Boo & Gotti and Vegas Cats appeared on R. Kelly's albums, R. and TP-2.com , as well as a freestyle from Boo "> Kelly's Miami booking photo

On February 3, 2002, a video surfaced allegedly showing Kelly engaging in sex with, and urinating on , an underage girl. The story, which was released by an unknown source, was sent to the Chicago Sun-Times, the newspaper that broke the story on February 8, 2002. This news surfaced as Kelly was to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics
2002 Winter Olympics
. In interviews with WMAQ television of Chicago
Chicago
and MTV
MTV
News , Kelly said that he was not the man in the video . In June 2002, Kelly was indicted in Chicago
Chicago
on 21 counts of child pornography. That same month, Kelly was apprehended by Miami Police Department on a Chicago
Chicago
arrest warrant, and Polk County Sheriff's Office conducted a search of Kelly's residence in Davenport, Florida . During the search, officers recovered 12 images of an alleged underage girl on a digital camera – wrapped in a towel in a duffel bag – which allegedly depicted Kelly "involved in sexual conduct with the female minor." According to the Chicago
Chicago
Sun-Times, the girl in the images obtained from Kelly's Florida home also appears in the videotape which got Kelly indicted in Chicago. Kelly was arrested in January 2003 on those charges. In March 2004, these charges were dropped due to a lack of probable cause for the search warrants.

After a number of delays, on October 27, 2006, a Cook County, Illinois
Illinois
court hearing for pre-trial motions set the date of the actual trial to February 7, 2007. On the date of the trial, Kelly's lawyer informed the court that his client was unable to attend because he was "undergoing surgery for a burst appendix". He also announced that Kelly was "in good condition and was expected to be released from the hospital later in the day." Kelly's attorney stated that Kelly (who pleaded not guilty) would be in attendance on the next trial date of February 21, 2007. It had previously been announced by the court that the videotape that allegedly showed Kelly performing sex acts with an underage woman would be publicly shown as evidence in the trial. The trial, however, was delayed due to disputes over when the tape was made and to give medical recuperation time to the sitting judge following a fall resulting in broken bones. Later the case was set for a September 17 date. It took more than six months for the case to go to trial. Jury selection began on May 9, 2008, and the trial officially started on May 20 with opening statements from the prosecution and defense. After two weeks, the prosecution's case wrapped on June 3 while the defense's wrapped on June 9. After less than a day of deliberations, on June 13, a Chicago
Chicago
jury found Kelly not guilty of all 14 counts.

Allegations Of Cult Leadership

On July 17, 2017, Jim DeRogatis reported in BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed
that Kelly was accused by three sets of parents of holding their daughters in an "abusive cult".

RECEPTION

Kelly is known for often wearing a bandana .

Kelly is considered to be one of the most successful R&B artists of the last 25 years. He is also one of the best-selling music artists in the United States with over 30 million albums sold as well as only the fifth black artist to enter the top 50 of the same list. Rolling Stone magazine called him "arguably the most important R&B figure of the 1990s and 2000s." Music executive Barry Weiss described Kelly as "the modern-day Prince , although there's a bit of Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
in him, and a bit of Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin
."

Kelly's work has influenced numerous artists including Chris Brown
Chris Brown
, Avant , Trey Songz
Trey Songz
, Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
, Joe , Tyrese , Ginuwine , Donnell Jones , The-Dream , The Weeknd
The Weeknd
, Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo
, Tank , Teyana Taylor
Teyana Taylor
, Rico Love , Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer
, Jeremih , Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik
, and many more. Kelly has mentored and produced for the likes of Aaliyah
Aaliyah
, B2K , Changing Faces , Boo & Gotti , and K. Michelle
K. Michelle
, and reignited the careers of Toni Braxton , Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross
, Charlie Wilson , Ron Isley , and more. Artists from many genres have covered Kelly's music.

In addition to his solo and collaboration success, Kelly has also written and produced several hit songs, such as " Fortunate " for Maxwell , " You Are Not Alone " for Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
, "G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T. " for Changing Faces , " Bump, Bump, Bump " for B2K , and many more. R. Kelly has been compared to artists like Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
.

Kelly's music has been used in numerous film soundtracks including American Reunion , The Hangover Part III , Ice Age: The Meltdown , and Fun with Dick and Jane . He has also been featured in video games, including Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV
. Countless hip hop and R&B artists have sampled his music.

HONORS AND AWARDS

See also: List of awards and nominations received by R. Kelly

Kelly has been awarded and nominated for countless awards during his career, as a songwriter, producer, and singer. His awards include a Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records
, 3 Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
, 2 American Music Awards
American Music Awards
, 1 BET Awards , 6 NAACP Image Awards , 11 Soul Train Awards , and numerous Billboard Music Awards .

DISCOGRAPHY

Main articles: R. Kelly discography and R. Kelly
R. Kelly
production discography Studio albums

* 12 Play
12 Play
(1993) * R. Kelly
R. Kelly
(1995) * R. (1998) * TP-2.com (2000) * Chocolate Factory (2003) * Happy People/U Saved Me (2004) * TP.3 Reloaded (2005) * Double Up (2007) * Untitled (2009) * Love Letter (2010) * Write Me Back (2012) * Black Panties (2013) * The Buffet (2015) * 12 Nights of Christmas (2016)

Collaboration albums

* Born into the 90\'s (1992) (with Public Announcement ) * The Best of Both Worlds (2002) (with Jay-Z
Jay-Z
) * Unfinished Business (2004) (with Jay-Z)

FILMOGRAPHY

See also: R. Kelly videography

BOOKS

# TITLE YEAR TYPE NOTE

1 Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me 2012 Autobiography
Autobiography

TOURS

Main article: List of R. Kelly tours Headlining tours

* The 12 Play
12 Play
Very Necessary Tour (w/ Salt-N-Pepa ) (1994) * The Down Low Top Secret Tour (w/ LL Cool J
LL Cool J
, Xscape , and Solo) (1996) * The Get Up on a Room Tour (w/ Kelly Price , Nas
Nas
, Foxy Brown , and Deborah Cox ) (1999) * The TP-2.com Tour (w/ Sunshine Anderson & Syleena Johnson ) (2001) * The Key in the Ignition Tour (w/ Ashanti ) (2003) * The Light It Up Tour (2006) * The Double Up Tour (w/ J. Holiday & Keyshia Cole ) (2007) * The Ladies Make Some Noise Tour (w/ K. Michelle
K. Michelle
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