(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 12: Rapper Nelly takes part in the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Busch Stadium on July 12, 2009 in St. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)Rapper Cornell Haynes Jr, known as Nelly, and his girlfriend Shantel Jackson attend the Brisbane International tennis tournament final match between Switzerland's Roger Federer and Canada's Milos Raonic January 11, 2015.
REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS ENTERTAINMENT)Rap star Nelly poses at the 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 27, 2003. Diddy and Murphy Lee won the Best Driving Song award for "Shake Ya Tailfeather." PP03100121 REUTERS/Steve Marcus SM/HBAerosmith singer Steven Tyler (L) and rapper Nelly rehearse an all-star tribute to Run DMC DJ Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) before the 2002 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 9, 2002. Nelly won six awards at the show including the Artist of the Year award. REUTERS/Ethan Miller EM/HBRapper Nelly (L) and singer Nelly Furtado present an award together during the 29th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles January 9, 2002.
(Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 06: Rapper Nelly (L) and singer Kelly Rowland arrive at Drai's Beach Club - Nightclub at The Cromwell Las Vegas on November 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It wasn't long before the theory was proved correct, as Nelly was signed by Universal to a solo contract., came out that same year, becoming a huge hit while featuring appearances by St. The record went platinum nine times over in the United States and debuted at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the next two singles, "Stepped on My J'z" and "Body on Me," peaked at No. The Grammy winner also shared gratitude for his fans' "unwavering support," writing, "They know me. And I assure you, I will pursue every legal option to address this defaming claim."Nelly is expected to appear at his Saturday night show in Ridgefield, Washington, according to his attorney, Scott Rosenblum.Rosenblum told the in an email: "Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness.In 2006, Nelly Furtado released her third album, Loose.Alongside Beyoncé's B’Day, Justin Timberlake's Future Sex/Love Sounds, and big country debuts by Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, it went on to become one of the best-selling records of that year as well a career-defining album for the Canadian musician.