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Nick Cannon
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Cannon at the 2010 Time 100 Gala
Nicholas Scott Cannon

(1980-10-08) October 8, 1980 (age 39)
EducationHoward University (BS)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • rapper
  • director
  • writer
  • producer
  • television host
Years active1998–present
TelevisionWild 'n Out
Mariah Carey
(m. 2008; div. 2016)
Musical career
Associated acts

Nicholas Scott Cannon (born October 8, 1980)[1] is an American actor, comedian, rapper, director, writer, producer, and television host. On television, Cannon began as a teenager on All That before going on to host The Nick Cannon Show, Wild 'N Out, America's Got Talent, Lip Sync Battle Shorties and The Masked Singer. 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 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 singer Mariah Carey in 2008. The pair separated and filed for divorce in December 2014. The divorce was finalized in 2016, and they co-parent their children.

Early life

Cannon was born on October 8, 1980 in San Diego, California. Cannon was largely raised by his paternal grandfather, whom both he and his biological father called "dad". As a child, Cannon grew up in Lincoln Park's Bay Vista Housing Projects, which is a gang-ridden section of Southeast San Diego. While in his teenage years, he was affiliated with the "Lincoln Park Bloods" street gang, but stated that he left behind his affiliations after losing a close friend.[2][3] In 1998, he graduated from Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley, where he was president of the African Student Coalition and participated in track and field.[4] Cannon received his first break doing stand-up comedy on his father's local cable access program.[5]


Cannon graduated from Howard University with a degree in Criminology and spoke at the virtual ceremony for Howard during the coronavirus outbreak in May 2020.

Music career

1999–2006: Music beginnings, Nick Cannon and Stages

As a teenager, Cannon was one-thirds of the rap group "Da G4 Dope Bomb Squad", 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 (I Really Don't Like This Dude)".[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?", an anti-abortion song, was released in July 2005[9] followed by the second single "Dime Piece" in March 2006.[9] It was never released because of Nick Cannon's acting career.

2009–2012: 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.[10]

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.[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 on February 13.[13]

On November 16, 2016, Cannon released his second mixtape The Gospel of Ike Turn Up: My Side of the Story.[14] Prior to the release of the mixtape, a music video for the single "If I Was Your Man" was released on November 7, 2016.[citation needed]

On December 2, 2016, Cannon released a single called "Hold On" on iTunes.[15]

Cannon released "The Invitation", an Eminem diss track, on December 9, 2019, as a response to Eminem's feature on Fat Joe and Dre's "Family Ties" dissing Cannon.[16] The track featured former record producer and convicted felon Suge Knight, as well as rappers Hitman Holla, Charlie Clips and Prince Eazy, whom Cannon referred to as "The Black Squad".[17] After Eminem responded to Cannon with two tweets, Cannon released a second diss track the next day featuring the same rappers as well as Conceited titled "Pray For Him".[18]

Other ventures


In 2005, Cannon created, produced, and hosted the MTV improv comedy series Wild 'N Out.[19] 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."[20] Rapper Big Boi of Outkast has confirmed in a tweet on Twitter he was shooting an episode on January 29, 2013 in NYC and for people to join in the audience.[21]

Season 5 of the show premiered on July 9, 2013, to the highest ratings in MTV2 history.[22] It was renewed for season 6 and 7, which aired in two blocks.

On November 4, 2013, Cannon was the master of ceremonies as well as an honoree at the annual Ebony Magazine Power 100 Awards.[23] In 2014, he began hosting Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon on NBC.

On August 4, 2016, Wild 'N Out returned for its 8th season after three record-breaking seasons.[24]

In 2019, it was announced that Cannon would be debuting his own syndicated daytime talk show in 2020 via Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury and Cannon's own production company, NCredible Entertainment.[25][26][27]

America's Got Talent and departure

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 the executives of NBC. The resignation came in the wake of news that the network considered firing Cannon after he made disparaging remarks about NBC in his 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, referring to the cable giant Comcast's ownership of NBC.[28] Cannon, however, was technically under contract to host America's Got Talent and could have been potentially sued by NBC for breach of contract, though this was considered unlikely. NBC executives did not accept his resignation and had been stated to be keeping their fingers crossed that he would instead choose to return.[29] Cannon's resignation was ultimately accepted as final without further incident. He was replaced in his position as host of America's Got Talent by Tyra Banks, known for also having hosted America's Next Top Model.[30]


Nick 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. The series aired 13 episodes before being canceled.

On November 30, 2012, a picture of Cannon 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.[31]

In December 2015, Cannon was named "Chief Creative Officer" of RadioShack in hopes of catering to a younger crowd.[32] According to the company this role involved "creating RadioShack-exclusive products and curating the in-store experience."[32] They launched the NCredible line of consumer audio electronics the following February, starting with the Ncredible1 Wireless Headphones.[33][34]

Radio hosting

On January 19, 2010, Cannon hosted 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.[35]

On February 17, 2012, Cannon stepped down from 92.3 NOW citing health issues.

Currently Cannon hosts his own show "Nick Cannon Mornings" at Power 106 in Los Angeles.[36] Nick Cannon's show replaced J. Cruz's "The Cruz Show" in the 5am - 10am time slot [37] after J. Cruz went over to rival iHeart Radio for their afternoon drive show.


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.[38]

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.[39]

Personal life

Cannon married singer Mariah Carey on April 30, 2008, at her private estate on Windermere Island in The Bahamas.[40] On April 30, 2011, their third wedding anniversary, Carey gave birth to fraternal twins:[41] daughter Monroe (after Marilyn Monroe) and 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.[42] After six years of marriage, the pair separated and filed for divorce in 2014, but reunited briefly in 2015.[43][44][45] Their divorce was finalized in 2016.[46]

Cannon's son with model Brittany Bell, Golden "Sagon" Cannon, was born on February 21, 2017.[47][48]

Cannon was hospitalized on January 4, 2012, for treatment of "mild kidney failure", and again on February 17, 2012 after a pulmonary embolism.[49] On March 5, 2012 he announced that his kidney problems were due to lupus nephritis.[50]

Cannon enrolled at Howard University in 2016 and graduated in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in Criminology/Administration of Justice and a minor in Africana Studies.[51][52]


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.[53] 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.[54]


Studio albums


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 Nominated Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actor All That
2002 Won 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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