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Nick Cannon
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Nick Cannon at Time 100 Gala on May 7, 2010
Background information
Birth nameNicholas Scott Cannon
Born(1980-10-08) October 8, 1980 (age 33)
San Diego, California, U.S.
OccupationsRapper, comedian, actor, television host, radio personality
Years active1998–present
LabelsJive (2003), Columbia (2005–2006), N'Credible Entertainment (2011–present)
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Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon by David Shankbone.jpg
Nick Cannon at Time 100 Gala on May 7, 2010
Background information
Birth nameNicholas Scott Cannon
Born(1980-10-08) October 8, 1980 (age 33)
San Diego, California, U.S.
OccupationsRapper, comedian, actor, television host, radio personality
Years active1998–present
LabelsJive (2003), Columbia (2005–2006), N'Credible Entertainment (2011–present)

Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon (born October 8, 1980) [1] is an American actor, comedian, rapper, and radio/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 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 on April 30, 2008.

Music career[edit]

1999-06: 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".[2] His debut self titled album was released in 2003 and included the single "Your Pops Don't Like Me".[3]

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.[4] The album's first single, "Can I Live?", a pro-life song, was released in July 2005[5] followed by the second single "Dime Piece" in March 2006.[5] 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.[6]

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 from Afrojack, Flo Rida, Pitbull, & Polow Da Don.[7][8]

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 13th.[9]

Other ventures[edit]


In 2005, Cannon produced and hosted the MTV improv comedy series Wild 'N Out.[10] 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 seasons [11] and is currently hosting the eighth 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. In 2009, Cannon hosted the HALO Awards along with Justin Timberlake, Hayden Panettiere, LeBron James, Kelly Rowland and Alicia Keys which premiered on December 11.

On July 4, 2011, Nick Cannon hosted the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, an annual American competitive eating competition.

In Spring 2014, Nick will be one of the three hosts of World's Got Talent alongside Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.


The former Nickelodeon star and MTV Networks persona is now the Chairman of TeenNick and the development and creative consultant of the network.

In 2012, Nick Cannon created a sketch-comedy series, Incredible Crew starring six teenagers as Cannon wrote and produced the theme song. The show is being produced by Cartoon Network Studios, in association with N'Credible Entertainment.

On November 12, 2012, MTV2 announced that they will be reviving Nick Cannon's Wild 'n Out, the revived show will be produced by Nick's N'Credible 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."[12] 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.[13]

On November 30, 2012, A picture of Nick was posted on the N'Credible Entertainment website, which reported that Nick signed a deal with NBCUniversal to produce scripted and unscripted material for the network.[14]

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.[15]

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 the of Fall 2010 beginning at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.[16]

In early 2011, Cannon recorded his first-ever 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. On the special, Cannon unabashedly reveals his thoughts on his famous marriage (to music icon Mariah Carey), pending fatherhood, and how to put an end to his buzzed-about Twitter war with hip-hop star Eminem. He also shares candid stories about his humble beginnings, his family, his 'hood tendencies' and failed attempts at being a gangster.[17]

N'Credible Entertainment[edit]

N'Credible Entertainment
FounderNicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon (CEO)
Country of originUnited States
LocationLos Angeles, California (2009–present)
New York City, New York (2009–present)
Official website

Managed artists[edit]

Previous artist[edit]


Personal life[edit]

With no prior announcement on April 30, 2008, Cannon married singer Mariah Carey at her private estate on Windermere Island in The Bahamas.[18]

In April 2011, Carey gave birth to fraternal twins.[19] The daughter is named Monroe Cannon (after Marilyn Monroe), the son, Moroccan Scott Cannon (because Cannon proposed to Carey in her Moroccan-style room; Scott is Cannon's middle name and his grandmother's maiden name). Monroe has no middle name as Mariah herself has no middle name either.[20] Mariah has referred to the twins with the nicknames "Roc and Roe" (Rock and Roll).

On January 4, 2012, Nick Cannon was hospitalized after suffering from mild kidney failure. He was then hospitalized on February 17, 2012, for blood clots in his lungs.[21][22] On Monday, March 5, 2012 he announced that he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called lupus nephritis, which was the cause of his recent kidney problems.[23]

On May 1, 2013, Cannon and his wife Mariah 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.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]



Eminem's 2009 album, Relapse, contained a track titled "Bagpipes from Baghdad", poking fun at Cannon's wife Mariah Carey. Cannon responded with tweets via his Twitter page, 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" which in Slick Rick's flow he takes shots at Eminem over the instrumental for Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie".[27] 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."[28][29]

On October 3, 2011, Cannon released another diss song called "Warning (Remix)" which also features Uncle Murda aimed at Eminem, radio host Charlamagne Tha God, and the feud between R&B singer Ray J and rapper Fabolous. Cannon fires lyrical shots at Eminem and also featured an audio clip of Eminem with Tim Westwood back in 2009 where Eminem backtracked on the beef saying: “I had no idea Nick Cannon was going to start wiling out on me" which Eminem referred 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."[30][31][32][33]


Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart
(sales threshold)
2003Nick Cannon8315
  • US sales: 201,000[36]
2013White People Party Music [7][8][37]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Label: N'Credible Entertainment

Comedy albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart
US Comedy
2011Mr. Showbiz [39]
  • Release date: May 14, 2011
  • Label: New Wave Dynamics


As lead artist[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US Hot 100US
2003"Your Pops Don't Like Me"Nick Cannon
"Feelin' Freaky" (featuring B2K)9246
"Gigolo" (featuring R. Kelly)24219
2005"Can I Live?" (featuring Anthony Hamilton)85Stages
2006"Dime Piece" (featuring Izzy)70
2011"Famous" (featuring Akon)Non-album single
2013"Me Sexy"White People Party Music
2013"Dance Floor"


Nick Cannon's mixtapes and details
TitleMixtape details
Child of the Corn
  • Released: December 6, 2010
Child of the Corn Vol. 2
  • Released: TBA, 2013


2000Whatever It TakesChess Club Kid
2002Men in Black IIMIB Autopsy AgentAlternative titles: MIB 2
2002DrumlineDevon Miles
2003Love Don't Cost a ThingAlvin JohnsonAlternative title: Love Don't Co$t a Thing
2004Garfield: The MovieLouisVoice
2004Shall We Dance?Scott
2005The BeltwayExecutive producer
2005UnderclassmanTracy "Tre" StokesWriter, Executive producer
2005Roll BounceBernard
2006The Adventures of Brer RabbitBrer RabbitVoice
2006Even MoneyGodfrey Snow
2006Monster HouseOfficer LesterVoice
2007Goal! 2: Living the Dream...TJ Harper
2008American SonMike
2008Day of the DeadSalazarDirect-to-DVD release
2008Ball Don't LieMico
2009The Killing RoomPaul Brody
2010School GyrlsLunch LadyDirector
2012RagsHimselfTV Movie
2014Drumline 2Devon MilesDirector/Producer
1998–2000All ThatVarious33 episodes
1998–1999Kenan & KelUncredited/Pizza Boy4 episodes
2000The ParkersGarland1 episode
2 episodes
2002–2003The Nick Cannon ShowHimself22 episodes
Executive producer
2004Chappelle's ShowHimself1 episode
Episode #24
2005–2007, 2013–presentNick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N OutHimselfCreator
Executive producer
2007Nick Cannon Presents: Short CircuitzHimself8 episodes
Executive producer
2009–presentAmerica's Got TalentHimselfHost
2009–presentDisney Parks Christmas Day ParadeHimselfHost
2010The NightlifeHimselfHost
2011Up All NightCalvinRecurring role
2011Son Of A GunHimselfMain Cast
2013Incredible CrewAnnouncerCreator
Executive producer
2013–presentReal Husbands of HollywoodHimselfMain Cast
2013Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsHimself
2013Hollywood Game NightHimself
2014Love & Hip HopHimself

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearResultAwardCategoryFilm or series
2003NominatedBlack Reel AwardsBest Breakthrough Performance — Viewer's ChoiceDrumline
2006NominatedBest EnsembleRoll Bounce (Shared with cast)
2006WonHollywood Film FestivalEnsemble of the YearBobby (Shared with cast)
2001NominatedNickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television ActorAll That
2002WonFavorite Television ActorThe Nick Cannon Show
2003NominatedFavorite Television ActorThe Nick Cannon Show
NominatedMTV Movie AwardsBreakthrough Male PerformanceDrumline
NominatedBest KissDrumline (Shared with Zoe Saldana)
2007NominatedScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureBobby (Shared with cast)
2003NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor — Drama/Action AdventureDrumline
NominatedChoice Movie Breakout Star — MaleDrumline
2004NominatedChoice Movie LiplockLove Don't Cost a Thing (Shared with Christina Milian)
NominatedChoice Movie LiarLove Don't Cost a Thing
NominatedChoice Movie ChemistryLove Don't Cost a Thing (Shared with Christina Milian)
2006NominatedTV — Choice PersonalityNick Cannon Presents Wild 'n Out
2007NominatedTV — Choice PersonalityNick Cannon Presents Wild 'n Out
2012WonNAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Supporting ActorUp All Night


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