R. Kelly is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He has been in the music industry since his debut in 1992 as a member of the R&B group “Public Announcement”. He gained recognition with the release of his debut album ‘Born Into the 90’s’. Soon Kelly became known for hit songs such as “The World’s Greatest”, “I Believe I Can Fly” and “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time.” Later Kelly switched his career path to record producing, and helped Aaliyah as well as Michael Jackson among many other artists with their releases. As of April 2022 R.Kelly Net Worth is negative $2 million. At his peak Kelly’s net worth was easily in the tens of millions, perhaps as high as $100 million. In April 2020, Kelly revealed to a judge – in making a case for being released from prison – that he owes nearly $1.9 million to the IRS alone.
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|Celebrated Name||R. Kelly|
|Real Name||Robert Sylvester Kelly|
|Date of Birth||January 8, 1967|
|Age||55 years old|
|Birth Place||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Height||6 feet 1 inches (1.85 m)|
|Spouse/ Partner||Aaliyah (m. 1994; ann. 1995)|
Andrea Lee (m. 1996; div. 2009)
|Profession||Singer, Sonwriter, Record Producer|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter, Facebook|
|Net Worth||-$2 million|
Robert Sylvester Kelly was born January 8, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised alongside his three siblings, by his mother Joanne who was a singer by profession. As a kid, Kelly was often sexually abused by a woman, which he has written about in his autobiography.
Kelly attended the Kenwood Academy where he performed a song by Stevie Wonder. He was encouraged by Lena McLin, his music instructor, who informed him that he had a natural talent for performing and after that, he started to perform on the streets of Chicago. He dropped out of high school to perform as a subway musician.
Kelly earned his big break when he won a $100,000 prize on the television talent show Big Break. He formed a group with his friends “MGM” (Musically Gifted Men”) in 1989. Later Kelly signed with Jive Records in 1991 and released the album “Born into the 90s” with his group Public Announcement in 1993.
Kelly started his singing career in 1991, after his years of performance in the streets of Chicago.
He signed a contract with Jive Records, and the following year he released his debut album Born Into The 90’s in collaboration with the vocal group Public Announcement. His debut album turned out to be a big success with the hits “Slow Dance (Hey Mr. Dj)” and Honey Love.
In 1993 he scored his first No.1 single on the pop charts, Bump N’ Grind. After his mother’s death, he continued to live up to his nickname “Prince of Pillowtalk”. Furthermore, Kelly’s domination of the R&B industry translated into pop stardom, and subsequent efforts garnered ever-greater success. His uplifting ballad “I Believe I Can Fly” (1996) was a huge hit, earning him three Grammy Awards, one of which was for best R&B song.
Kelly had more songs enter the top 40 of the Billboard singles chart than any other male solo artist in the 1990s, with successes including “You Remind Me of Something” (1995), and “I’m Your Angel” (1998).
He remained as the king of R&B in the 90’s. The success of the album R. (1998), which sold more than eight million copies in the United States alone, was aided by the popularity of the latter song, a duet with Céline Dion.
On the other hand, his personal life was marred by scandal, beginning with the discovery that he had secretly married singer Aaliyah in 1994 when she was 15; the unlawful marriage was soon annulled.
R Kelly’s problems reached a climax in 2002 when officials discovered a film in which he was reportedly having sex with an underage girl. He was quickly charged with several counts of child pornography, but his trial was postponed for several years due to several factors.
Despite some early public outrage over the criminal claims, Kelly’s albums Chocolate Factory (2003), which contained the upbeat “Ignition (Remix),” and Happy People/U Saved Me (2004) helped him maintain his status as one of the world’s top R&B artists.
On the albums Love Letter (2010) and Write Me Back (2012), Kelly toned down his sensuality, focusing on the rich sound of the 1960s and 1970s soul music. With Black Panties (2013) and The Buffet (2014), he returned to more sexually explicit content (2015).
In 2016, the holiday album 12 Nights of Christmas was released. He wrote and produced songs for various artists, including Michael Jackson and the Isley Brothers, in addition to his solo recordings.
He collaborated on two albums with rapper Jay-Z (2002 and 2004), and he wrote and produced songs for a variety of artists, including Michael Jackson and the Isley Brothers.
In 2012 he released “Write Me Back” which followed the footsteps of stars like Teddy Pendergrass and Marvin Gaye. That same year Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, a book co-written by David Ritz, was released.
Since then, Kelly has pursued to make new music. He was known for being the R&B king during the 90’s and he has sold over millions of copies of his music.
Personal Life & Relationships
In 1994, Kelly secretly married Aaliyah, though the marriage was later annulled in 1995, due to Aliyah apparently being underage at the time of marriage. He had also written and produced Aaliyah’s first album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, that same year.
Kelly then went on to marry dancer Andrea Lee in 1996 and the couple had three children before divorcing in 2009.
R Kelly’s career has had its share of controversies over the years. He was arrested and charged with allegedly having sex with an underage girl. He was eventually acquitted of all 14 charges.
Awards & Accolades
R. Kelly has earned numerous awards during his career which includes, 2 American Music Awards, 1 BET Award, 12 Billboard Awards, 8 Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Awards, 30 Billboard End Of Year Chart Awards, 3 BMI Awards, 1 BMI Film & TV Award, 16 BMI Urban Awards, 1 Chicago Music Awards, 1 Black Real Awards, 3 Grammy Awards, 1 MTV Australia Video Music Awards, 6 NAACP Image Awards, 11 Soul Train Music Awards, 3 The Source Hip Hop Awards, 3 Vibe Awards, 2 Stellar Awards and one record in the Guinness Book of World Records, among others.
R.Kelly Net Worth
As of April 2022, R.Kelly Net Worth is estimated to be around negative $2 million.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Kelly continued to amass wealth by publishing 14 studio albums, five compilation albums, and three cooperation albums, as well as received several honors. He’s done 12 world tours and a slew of lucrative television appearances.
However, following his divorce from Andrea Lee in 2009, he lost a significant chunk of his fortune, and his popularity in the music business began to wane.
According to reports, he owed $5 million in delinquent taxes by 2012, and he lost his Chicago house the following year after failing to pay the mortgage.
When he published a 19-minute song in 2018 addressing the claims against him and his rising debt, he revealed the entire scope of his financial problems. He said he was having trouble paying his rent and owed the IRS $20 million at one time.
Spotify and other streaming services have ceased his music in their public playlists after the charges and subsequent convictions surfaced, decreasing his revenues.
More importantly, his fall from fame made profitable tours challenging to come by, and he found himself unable to pay off his rising obligations.