Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and convicted sex offender. For his contributions to the growth of R&B and hip hop, he has been labelled “the King of R&B,” “the King of Pop-Soul,” and the “Pied Piper of R&B.” Kelly’s hits include “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Bump N’ Grind,” “Your Body’s Callin’,” “Gotham City,” “Ignition (Remix),” “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time,” “The World’s Greatest,” “I’m a Flirt (Remix),” and the hip hop hopeful “Trapped in the Closet.” In 1998, Kelly got three Grammy Awards for her song “I Believe I Can Fly.” Kelly is primarily a songwriter, but he has written, produced, and remixed songs, singles, and albums for various artists. In 1996, he received a Grammy nomination for his work on Michael Jackson’s song “You Are Not Alone.”
R Kelly Sensation
“12 Play,” R. Kelly’s solo debut, was released in November 1993. The album was ultimately certified six times platinum, mostly because of the smash “Bump n’ Grind.” Kelly also worked as a record producer for other performers at the time. He produced and wrote the whole first album of Aaliyah, a teen pop diva. In 1995, his album “R. Kelly” sold four million copies. Soon after, his single “I Believe I Can Fly” reached the top of the charts and received three Grammy nominations. Kelly released a succession of multi-platinum albums in the 2000s, as well as the multi-part hip-hop opera Trapped in the Closet, which he disseminated to radio stations in pieces. In the spring of 2010, the final portion was made available to the public. R Kelly’s discography includes 14 studio albums, five compilation albums, and three collaboration albums. In addition to his three Grammys, Kelly has gotten many AMAs, a BET award, and countless Billboard awards. His most recent albums, “Black Panties” and “The Buffet,” were released in 2013 and 2015, respectively. From 1994 to 2013, he also took part in 12 official world tours.
Kelly has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making him the most successful R&B male performer of the 1990s and one of the world’s best-selling musicians.
Kelly was voted the most successful R&B musician in history by Billboard magazine in 2010, dubbing him the Top R&B/Hip Hop Artist between 1985 and 2010. He was the 55th best-selling music artist in the United States in 2012, with over 32 million album sales.
R Kelly Controversies
Since the 1990s, Kelly has been accused of sexual assault on multiple occasions, most notably with adolescent ladies. He has been involved in a number of court battles and criminal charges in Chicago, New York, Illinois, and Minnesota. Multiple times, he disputed the accusations. He was accused of 21 charges of child pornography in June 2002. He was acquitted six years later, in 2008. Surviving R. Kelly, a Lifetime docuseries that debuted in January 2019, addressed several women’s accusations of sexual abuse, which Kelly continues to deny. In reaction to public protest via the Mute R. Kelly hashtag, RCA Records fired R. Kelly.
Kelly was charged in February 2019 with ten counts of severe criminal sexual abuse by a Cook County grand jury in Chicago, followed by an additional 11 counts of sexual assault and abuse filed in May by the same court.
On July 11, 2019, he was detained on federal charges of sex crimes, human trafficking, child pornography, racketeering, and obstruction of justice.
Kelly was facing 22 federal criminal charges as of January 29, 2021. A federal court ordered Kelly’s detention pending his trial on the charges. On September 27, 2021, a federal jury in New York convicted Kelly guilty of nine offences, including racketeering, sexual exploitation of a minor, kidnapping, bribery, sex trafficking, and a violation of the Mann Act. The judge ordered that he be detained until his sentence is served on May 4, 2022. Kelly is expected to stand trial again in August 2022 for child pornography manufacture.
What was R Kelly’s most recent net worth?
R Kelly is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. R Kelly has an estimated net worth of -$2 million. During his peak, Kelly’s net worth was certainly in the tens of millions, if not as high as $100 million. Kelly revealed to a judge in April 2020, while fighting for his release from prison, that he owes the IRS over $1.9 million alone.
Kelly has worked tirelessly since then to develop new songs. Throughout the 1990s, he was known as the R&B king, and his music sold millions. As of 2022, R Kelly’s net worth is $-2 million.
Kelly is alleged to have spent tens of millions of dollars settling a slew of lawsuits filed by women who claimed she assaulted them. Kelly allegedly lost a major portion of his personal wealth after divorcing Andrea Lee, his wife from 1996 until 2009, while his career was at its peak. Kelly’s recordings are still owned by RCA, a division of Sony Music, while his composition copyrights are controlled by Universal. According to industry estimates, 780 million steams Kelly’s total in the United States since the beginning of 2019 would provide around $3 million in payments to rights holders.