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Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon by David Shankbone.jpg
Nick Cannon at Time 100 Gala on May 7, 2010
Born Nicholas Scott Cannon
(1980-10-08) October 8, 1980 (age 34)
San Diego, California, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • actor
  • comedian
  • television and radio host
  • businessman
  • entrepreneur
  • record producer
  • director
  • singer-songwriter
  • screenwriter
Years active 1998–present
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)
Children 2
Musical career
Genres Hip hop
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts Da G4 Dope Bomb Squad

Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon (born October 8, 1980)[1] is an American actor, comedian, 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.[2]

Early life[edit]

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

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.

Music career[edit]

1999–2006: Music beginnings, Nick Cannon & Stages[edit]

As a teenager, Cannon formed the rap group "Da G4 Dope Bomb Squad" with his friend Steve Groves; they opened for the likes of Will Smith, LFO, 98 Degrees, and Montell Jordan.

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".[6] His debut self titled album was released in 2003 and included the single "Your Pops Don't Like Me".[7]

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.[8] The album's first single, "Can I Live?", a pro-life song, was released in July 2005[9] followed by the second single "Dime Piece" in March 2006.[9] But it was never released because of Nick Cannon's acting career.

2009–12: N'Credible Entertainment, Slick Nick & Child of the Corn[edit]

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.[10]

2013–present: White People Party Music[edit]

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.[11][12]

The album's second single "Looking for a Dream" was released on February 11, 2014. The song features Afrojack. The music video was released on VEVO February 13.[13]

Other ventures[edit]


In 2005, Cannon produced and hosted the MTV improv comedy series Wild 'N Out.[14] 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,[15] 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.

On November 4, 2013, Cannon was the master of ceremonies as well as an honoree at the annual Ebony Magazine Power 100 Awards.[16]

In spring 2014, Cannon will be one of the three hosts of World's Got Talent with Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.


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."[17] 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.[18]

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.[19]

Radio hosting[edit]

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.

Cannon has a weekly chart program called Cannon's Countdown that is syndicated by CBS Radio.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

Ncredible Entertainment[edit]

Ncredible Entertainment
Founded 2009
Founder Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon (CEO)
Status Active
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location Los Angeles, California (2009–present)
New York City, New York (2009–present)
Official website

Managed artists[edit]

Previous artists[edit]



Personal life[edit]

Cannon married singer Mariah Carey on April 30, 2008, at her private estate on Windermere Island in The Bahamas.[23]

Carey gave birth to fraternal twins on their third wedding anniversary, April 30, 2011.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26] 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.[27]

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.[28]

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."[29][30][31]

Cannon filed for divorce from Carey in New York on December 12, 2014.[2]

Charitable work[edit]

In 2011, Cannon filmed a public service announcement for Do Something encouraging teens to find a cause about which they are passionate and take action in their communities.[32]

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.[33]



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".[34] This was followed by a campaign via Facebook, Twitter, and his radio show proposing a boxing ring fight between Eminem and Cannon for charity.

In late September 2011, over a year after "I'm A Slick Rick" was released, Cannon took another lyrical jab at Eminem by releasing a song called "I Remember."[35][36]

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."[37][38][39][40]


Studio albums[edit]

List of Studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Nick Cannon 83 15
  • US sales: 201,000[43]
White People Party Music[11][12][44]
  • Released: April 1, 2014[45]
  • Label: N'Credible Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title
2014 Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out: Compilation Vol. 1[46]
(with Various artist)
  • Released: January 28, 2014
  • Label: N'Credible, RED
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP

Comedy albums[edit]

List of Comedy albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Comedy
Mr. Showbiz
  • Released: May 14, 2011
  • Label: New Wave Dynamics
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP
3 66


Nick Cannon's mixtapes and details
Title Mixtape details
Child of the Corn
  • Released: December 6, 2010


As lead artist[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Hot 100 US
2001 ""Parents Just Don't Understand" Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (Soundtrack)
2003 "Your Pops Don't Like Me" Nick Cannon
"Feelin' Freaky"
(featuring B2K)
92 46
(featuring R. Kelly)
24 21 9
""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)
85 Non-album singles
2006 "Dime Piece"
(featuring Izzy)
2011 "Famous"
(featuring Akon)
White People Party Music
2013 "Me Sexy"
"Dance Floor"
2014 "Looking For A Dream"
(featuring Afrojack)
2015 "Pajama Pants"


Awards and nominations[edit]

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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