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Nick Cannon at Time 100 Gala on May 7, 2010
|Born||Nicholas Scott Cannon
October 8, 1980
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Television||Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N' Out
The Nick Cannon Show
America's Got Talent
Real Husbands of Hollywood
(m. 2008; div. 2016)
|Associated acts||Da G4 Dope Bomb Squad|
Nicholas Scott Cannon (born October 17, 1980) is an American rapper, actor, comedian, entrepreneur, record producer, 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 II: Living the Dream. In 2006, Cannon recorded the singles "Dime Piece" and "My Wife" for the 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. The divorce was finalized in 2016.
- 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 17, 1980, in San Diego, California. Cannon was largely raised by his paternal grandfather, whom both he and his biological father called 'dad'. Growing up in Lincoln Park, a notorious gang-ridden neighborhood in Southeast San Diego Cannon avoided gangs and spent most of his time playing basketball. Cannon received his first break doing stand-up comedy on his father's local cable access program.
1999–2006: Music beginnings, Nick Cannon and 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 (I Really Don't Like This Dude)".
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. It was never released because of Nick Cannon's acting career.
2009–12: N'Credible Entertainment, Slick Nick and 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 by the character such as "I'm a Slick Rick", a freestyle of Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie" in which he attempted to diss hip hop mega-star Eminem, and "Nick's Story", a freestyle rap version of Slick Rick's "Children's Story". On December 6, 2011, Nick Cannon released his debut mixtape entitled Child of the Corn.
2013–present: White People Party Music and second mixtape
On July 26, 2013 Nick Cannon premiered his new single "Me Sexy" and announced over seven years after the shelving of his album Stages that he was working on a new second studio album entitled White People Party Music featuring collaborations with Afrojack, Pitbull, Future and Polow da Don.
On November 16, 2016, Nick Cannon released his second mixtape The Gospel of Ike Turn Up: My Side of the Story. Prior to the release of the mixtape, a music video for the single "If I Was Your Man" was released on November 7, 2016. The song features Jeremih and the music video features a cameo appearance by Chili of TLC.
On December 2, 2016, Nick Cannon released a single called "Hold On" on iTunes.
In 2005, Cannon created, 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 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 12, 2012, MTV2 announced that the revival of Wild 'N Out. The revived show was produced by Cannon's Ncredible Entertainment, the series premiered in 2013 with a few returning faces joined by a roster of fresh talents. When asked about the show coming back, Cannon 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.
Season 5 of the show premiered on July 9, 2013, to the highest ratings in MTV2 history. It was renewed for season 6 and 7, which is currently airing in two blocks, the 2nd to resume late 2015, or early 2016.
On August 4, 2016, Wild 'N Out returned for its 8th season after three record-breaking seasons.
From 2009 to 2016, Cannon served as the host of America's Got Talent. He announced he would not be back for 2017, citing creative differences between him and executives at NBC. The resignation comes in the wake of news that the network considered firing Cannon after he made disparaging remarks about NBC in a recent Showtime comedy special, Stand Up, Don't Shoot. "I love art and entertainment too much to watch it be ruined by controlling corporations and big business," Cannon said in a statement, referencing cable giant Comcast's ownership of NBC. Cannon, however, is technically under contract to host America's Got Talent and could potentially be sued by NBC for breach of contract, though this is considered unlikely. NBC executives have not accepted his resignation and are stated to be keeping their fingers crossed that he will instead choose to return. On February 16, 2017, Cannon stated that he planned to stand his ground when it came to resigning from America's Got Talent.
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 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.
In 2015, Cannon was named as "Chief Creative Officer" for Radioshack. According to the company this role involves "creating RadioShack-exclusive products and curating the in-store experience." Radio Shack chose him in hopes of catering to a younger crowd.
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 (2013–present)
- TeenNick Top 10
- Nickelodeon HALO Awards
- React to That
- Real Husbands of Hollywood
- Make It Pop
- Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
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.
Cannon was hospitalized on January 4, 2012, for treatment of "mild kidney failure", and again on February 17 after a pulmonary embolism. On March 5 he announced that his kidney problems were due to lupus nephritis.
On May 1, 2013, Cannon and Carey celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary and their twins' second birthday with a fairy-tale "fantasy" wedding at the Disneyland Resort, during which they renewed their vows. Carey was reportedly dressed in full costume as Cinderella.
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, 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." On December 12, 2014, Cannon officially filed for divorce; it became final in 2016.
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."
On June 2, 2016, Cannon had an interview with Tim Westwood. Westwood said, "Last time I saw you, you were getting ready to battle Eminem." Cannon responded, "I'm still ready! I'm trying to find him. Where is he? ... We gonna be out in the States for the BET Awards. I'm holding a $100,000 battle — whoever wants it — but it has to be someone who can put up 100 grand ... I done reached out to Tyga, he didn't want it. I went to all Slaughterhouse. I did it like Mortal Kombat, I said I'll take all of them out to get to the boss." Throughout the interview, Westwood goads Cannon along, saying, "Nick, you're the best fam. I don't think you'd win against Eminem, but you are the best in many other ways." Cannon plays along with everything and says, "At least tell him to show up to the match. I can't win by default."
On June 16, 2016, Cannon pours out his heart in a track titled "Divorce Papers." He recently refused to sign divorce papers with his ex-wife Mariah Carey. He also mentioned his father passing away. Cannon used some lines in the track as a response for the hate comments he had from Eminem's fans, who are known as "Stans". He mentions Eminem in a few lines. He said that he can relate to the drug life Eminem had. "Em, right now I could really relate to him. Drug habits, all the pain that he was in." The last thing he mentioned in the track, he talks about himself finally signing the divorce papers. "It's been over two years and I'm the one that's been waitin'. It's fucked up that the time that you spend with your own kids is called "visitation"? Man, fuck it let's sign these papers."
|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||
|The Gospel of Ike Turn Up: My Side of the Story||
As lead artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Hot 100||US
|"Parents Just Don't Understand"
(featuring Lil Romeo)
|2001||—||—||—||Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius soundtrack|
|"Your Pops Don't Like Me (I Really Don't Like This Dude)"||2003||—||—||—||Nick Cannon|
(featuring R. Kelly)
|"Shorty (Put It on the Floor)"
(with Busta Rhymes, Chingy and Fat Joe)
|—||101||—||Love Don't Cost a Thing soundtrack|
|"Get Crunk Shorty"
(featuring Ying Yang Twins and Fatman Scoop)
|"Can I Live?"
(featuring Anthony Hamilton)
|"It's Your Birthday"
(featuring Fatman Scoop)
(featuring Slim of 112)
|2011||—||—||—||White People Party Music|
|"Looking for a Dream"||2014||—||—||—|
(featuring Future, Migos and Traphik)
|"If I Was Your Man"
|2016||—||—||—||The Gospel of Ike Turn Up: My Side of the Story|
|"Hold On"||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
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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