At this point, R. Kelly’s fall from grace has become worldwide news. During the peak of his career, the Chicago native was regarded as one of the best artists in the industry. Kelly’s accomplishments as a singer, songwriter and producer led to some dubbing him the “King of R&B.” Kelly won three Grammy Awards in 1998 for his hit song, “I Believe I Can Fly” — in total Kelly has earned 25 nominations.
Despite his professional success, Kelly’s career will be rightfully overshadowed by his legal problems. For more than two decades, Kelly faced accusations of sexual abuse. In 1994, a then-27-year-old Kelly married Aaliyah (who was 15). In 2021, Kelly was found guilty of racketeering and several sex-related crimes. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.
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