Nick Cannon 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.
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1. Nicholas “Nick” Scott Cannon was born October 17, 1980 in San Diego, California.
2. Cannon was largely raised by his paternal grandfather, whom both he and his biological father called ‘dad’.
3. 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.
4. Cannon received his first break doing stand-up comedy on his father’s local cable access program.
5. 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.
6. 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”.
7. 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)”.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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”.
11. 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”.
12. On December 6, 2010 Nick Cannon released his debut mixtape entitled Child of the Corn.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. On August 4, 2016, Wild N Out returned for its 8th season after three record-breaking seasons.
16. 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.
17. In 2005, Cannon created, produced, and hosted the MTV improv comedy series Wild ‘N Out.
18. 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 seasons four through ten, and is currently hosting season eleven, of America’s Got Talent. He also hosted the first and only season of Nickelodeon’s Friday Night Slimetime.
19. 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.
20. On July 4, 2011, Cannon hosted the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, an annual American competitive eating competition.
21. On November 4, 2013, Cannon was the master of ceremonies as well as an honoree at the annual Ebony Magazine Power 100 Awards.
22. In 2014, he began hosting Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon on NBC.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. Cannon has a weekly chart program called Cannon’s Countdown that is syndicated by CBS Radio.
28. On February 17, 2012, Cannon stepped down from 92.3 NOW citing health issues.
29. Cannon married singer Mariah Carey on April 30, 2008, at her private estate on Windermere Island in The Bahamas.
30. 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.
31. Scott is Cannon’s middle name and his grandmother’s maiden name. Monroe, like her mother, has no middle name.
32. 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
33. 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.
34. In August 2014, Cannon confirmed after much speculation that he and Carey had separated a few months earlier.
35. On December 12, 2014, Cannon officially filed for divorce; it became final in 2016.
36. On November 17, 2016, Cannon confirmed he’s expecting a child with Brittany Bell.
37. He enrolled in at Howard University in 2016.
38. 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.
39. 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.
40. In November 2016, Cannon was widely reported as commenting on his opposition to abortion, saying that abortion is modern-day eugenics and population control.