Nick Cannon at Time 100 Gala on May 7, 2010
|Born||Nicholas Scott Cannon
October 8, 1980
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Home town||Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Television||Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N' Out
The Nick Cannon Show
America's Got Talent
The Voice Kids Australia (backstage co-host; 2-)
|Spouse(s)||Mariah Carey (m. 2008)|
|Associated acts||Da G4 Dope Bomb Squad|
Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon (born October 8, 1980) is an American actor, rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, and radio and television personality. On television, Cannon began as a teenager on All That before going on to host The Nick Cannon Show, Wild 'N Out, and America's Got Talent. He acted in the films Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing, and Roll Bounce. As a rapper, he released his debut self-titled album in 2003 with the hit single "Gigolo", a collaboration with singer R. Kelly. In 2007 he played the role of the fictional footballer TJ Harper in the film Goal 2. In 2006, Cannon recorded singles "Dime Piece" and "My Wife" for a planned album Stages, which was never released. Cannon married American R&B/pop singer Mariah Carey in 2008. He filed for divorce in December 2014 after six years of marriage.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Music career
- 3 Other ventures
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Controversy
- 6 Discography
- 7 Singles
- 8 Filmography
- 9 Awards and nominations
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Cannon was born on October 8, 1980, in San Diego, California, the son of Beth (née Hackett), an accountant, and James Cannon, a motivational televangelist. Growing up, he divided his time between San Diego, where his mother lived, and Charlotte, North Carolina, where his father had worked. At age 11, Cannon received his first break doing stand-up comedy on his father's local cable access program.
After graduating in 1998 from Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley, California, Cannon attained a gig as a warm-up comedian for Nickelodeon's studio audience in Los Angeles, most notably All That, where he also made guest appearances.
1999–2006: Music beginnings, Nick Cannon & Stages
After signing with Jive Records in 2001, he was featured alongside Romeo Miller and 3LW on the Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius soundtrack with a cover of the 1988 hit song "Parents Just Don't Understand". His debut self titled album was released in 2003 and included the single "Your Pops Don't Like Me".
In 2005, Cannon formed his own record label, Can I Ball Records, with plans to release his second studio album, entitled Stages, later that year. The album's first single, "Can I Live?", a pro-life song, was released in July 2005 followed by the second single "Dime Piece" in March 2006. But it was never released because of Nick Cannon's acting career.
2009–12: N'Credible Entertainment, Slick Nick & Child of the Corn
In 2009 Nick Cannon formed a new label after cancelling his old label Can-I-Ball Records entitled N'Credible Entertainment. In 2010, Cannon created a parody of hip hop pioneer Slick Rick entitled "Slick Nick". He released two songs of the character such as "I'm A Slick Rick" in which he attempted to diss Hip-Hop mega-star Eminem, it was a freestyle of Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie" & "Nick's Story" which was a Freestyle rap version of Slick Rick's "Children's Story". On December 6, 2010 Nick Cannon released his debut mixtape entitled Child Of The Corn.
2013–present: White People Party Music
On July 26, 2013 Nick Cannon premiered his new single "Me Sexy" & announced after 7 years from the shelving of his album Stages he was working on a new second studio album entitled White People Party Music, and will feature collaborations with Afrojack, Pitbull, Future & Polow da Don.
In 2005, Cannon produced and hosted the MTV improv comedy series Wild 'N Out. That same year he hosted the so-called slime stunt on Nickelodeon's 2005 Kids' Choice Awards in which a human cannonball was shot into slime. He hosted the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth seasons, and is currently hosting the ninth season, of America's Got Talent. He also hosted the first and only season of Nickelodeon's Friday Night Slimetime. In addition, he was the DJ on Ellen DeGeneres's Bigger, Longer, And Wider show. On December 11, 2009, Cannon hosted the Nickelodeon HALO Awards along with Justin Timberlake, Hayden Panettiere, LeBron James, Kelly Rowland and Alicia Keys.
On July 4, 2011, Cannon hosted the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, an annual American competitive eating competition.
Cannon is now the chairman of TeenNick for Nickelodeon and the development and creative consultant of the network since 2009. In 2012, Nick Cannon created a sketch-comedy series, Incredible Crew, starring six teenagers as Cannon wrote and produced the theme song. The show was produced by Cartoon Network Studios, in association with Ncredible Entertainment.
On November 12, 2012, MTV2 announced that they will be reviving Nick Cannon's Wild 'n Out. The revived show is being produced by Nick's Ncredible Entertainment, the series will premiere in 2013 a few returning faces joined by a roster of fresh talents. When asked about the show coming back, Nick said, "With our show's original cast, everyone from Kevin Hart to Katt Williams, Affion Crockett and Taran Killam becoming household names, I am looking forward to working with MTV2 as we work to introduce the biggest comedic stars of tomorrow with the return of Wild 'N Out." Rapper Big Boi of Outkast has confirmed in a tweet on Twitter he is shooting an episode on January 29, 2013 in NYC and for people to join in the audience.
On November 30, 2012, a picture of Nick was posted on the Ncredible Entertainment website, which reported that Nick signed a deal with NBCUniversal to produce scripted and unscripted material for the network.
On January 19, 2010, Cannon started hosting the morning show (6-10AM) with co-hosts Nikki and Southern Sarah Lee at 92.3 NOW FM (WXRK-FM) in New York.
On February 17, 2012, Cannon stepped down from 92.3 NOW citing health issues.
On July 13, 2010, Cannon announced that he was going on a comedy tour in fall 2010, beginning at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.
In early 2011, Cannon recorded his first stand-up comedy special titled Mr. Showbiz at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The special premiered on Showtime on May 14, 2011. A digital release of Mr. Showbiz became available on iTunes beginning May 16, 2011, with a physical release of the album on May 31, 2011.
|Founder||Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon (CEO)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||Los Angeles, California (2009–present)
New York City, New York (2009–present)
- Incredible Crew
- Wild 'N Out
- TeenNick Top 10
- Nickelodeon HALO Awards
- React to That
- Real Husbands Of Hollywood
- School Dance
- Drumline: A New Beat
- Goal II: Living The Dream
- The Killing Room
- Day of the Dead
- Even Money
- Love Don't Cost a Thing
Carey gave birth to fraternal twins on their third wedding anniversary, April 30, 2011. They named their daughter Monroe (after Marilyn Monroe), and named their son Moroccan Scott, because Cannon proposed to Carey in her Moroccan-style room; Scott is Cannon's middle name and his grandmother's maiden name. Monroe, like her mother, has no middle name.
On January 4, 2012, Cannon was hospitalized after suffering from mild kidney failure. He was then hospitalized on February 17, 2012, for blood clots in his lungs. On March 5, 2012, he announced that he had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, lupus nephritis, which was the cause of his recent kidney problems.
On May 1, 2013, Cannon and Carey lived out a fairy-tale "Fantasy" wedding at the Disneyland Resort, where they marked their fifth wedding anniversary with a renewal of vows and celebrated their twins' second birthday.
In August 2014, Cannon confirmed after much speculation that he and Carey had separated a few months earlier. In September 2014, he Tweeted, "I love @MariahCarey and that will never change!!" Cannon also defended Carey, 44, insisting the criticism she has received in the wake of their separation is completely uncalled for. He added in a series of tweets: "What infuriates me most is to hear people slander @MariahCarey" and "I will forever be indebted to her for blessing me with our children ... I will always love her unconditionally for this and so much more. @MariahCarey is an amazing Mother and I trust her wholeheartedly."
Cannon filed for divorce from Carey in New York on December 12, 2014.
Since 2011, Cannon has served as the celebrity spokesperson for the National Association of Letter Carriers' annual national food drive, which is held throughout the United States on the second Saturday in May.
Eminem's 2009 album, Relapse, contained a track titled "Bagpipes from Baghdad", poking fun at Cannon's wife, Mariah Carey. Cannon responded via his Twitter account, while Mariah released a song and video titled "Obsessed", with lyrics and visuals aimed at Eminem.
Eminem responded with a mixtape-style track called "The Warning" in which he addressed both Cannon and Mariah, and later commented that he was finished talking about the subject.
The feud was thought to have been over until in September 2010 when Cannon responded with the song "I'm a Slick Rick", in which he takes shots at Eminem in Slick Rick's flow over the instrumental for Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie". This was followed by a campaign via Facebook, Twitter, and his radio show proposing a boxing ring fight between Eminem and Cannon for charity.
On October 3, 2011, Cannon released another song called "Warning (Remix)" featuring Uncle Murda, aimed at Eminem, radio host Charlamagne Tha God, and the feud between R&B singer Ray J and rapper Fabolous. The song features Cannon firing lyrical shots at Eminem and an audio clip of Eminem with Tim Westwood back in 2009 where Eminem saying: “I had no idea Nick Cannon was going to start 'wiling out' on me," referring to Cannon's then canceled Wild 'n Out television show. Cannon retorted to the clip by saying: “You said it Marshall, that’s all you had to do!” and that Slim Shady is “forgiven."
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|White People Party Music||
|2014||Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out: Compilation Vol. 1
(with Various artist)
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Child of the Corn||
As lead artist
|US Hot 100||US
|2001||""Parents Just Don't Understand"||—||—||—||Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (Soundtrack)|
|2003||"Your Pops Don't Like Me"||—||—||—||Nick Cannon|
(featuring R. Kelly)
|""Shorty (Put It on the Floor)"
(with Fat Joe, Chingy)
|—||101||—||Love Don't Cost a Thing (Soundtrack)|
|2005||"Can I Live?"
(featuring Anthony Hamilton)
|—||—||—||White People Party Music|
|2014||"Looking For A Dream"
Awards and nominations
|Year||Result||Award||Category||Film or series|
|2003||Nominated||Black Reel Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance — Viewer's Choice||Drumline|
|2006||Nominated||Best Ensemble||Roll Bounce (Shared with cast)|
|2006||Won||Hollywood Film Festival||Ensemble of the Year||Bobby (Shared with cast)|
|2001||Won||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Television Actor||All That|
|2002||Nominated||Favorite Television Actor||The Nick Cannon Show|
|2003||Nominated||Favorite Television Actor||The Nick Cannon Show|
|Nominated||MTV Movie Awards||Breakthrough Male Performance||Drumline|
|Nominated||Best Kiss||Drumline (Shared with Zoe Saldana)|
|2007||Nominated||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Bobby (Shared with cast)|
|2003||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor — Drama/Action Adventure||Drumline|
|Nominated||Choice Movie Breakout Star — Male||Drumline|
|2004||Nominated||Choice Movie Liplock||Love Don't Cost a Thing (Shared with Christina Milian)|
|Nominated||Choice Movie Liar||Love Don't Cost a Thing|
|Nominated||Choice Movie Chemistry||Love Don't Cost a Thing (Shared with Christina Milian)|
|2006||Nominated||TV — Choice Personality||Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'n Out|
|2007||Nominated||TV — Choice Personality||Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'n Out|
|2012||Won||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor||Up All Night|
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