Cornell Haynes Jr. (born November 2, 1974) is a rapper and singer from St. Louis, Missouri in the United States, who experienced popularity in the early 2000s. Best known by his stage name Nelly, he is one of the best-selling pop-rappers of all-time, with over forty million albums sold worldwide. He has also achieved three number ones in the United Kingdom (four including his vocal contribution to "Nasty Girl" by Notorious B.I.G.), four U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles, and three Grammy Awards.