Nick Cannon

Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon (born October 8, 1980) is an American rapper, actor, comedian, television and radio host, and producer. 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. Cannon married American R&B/pop singer Mariah Carey in 2008. He filed for divorce in December 2014 after six years of marriage, which was finalized in April 2015.

    Early life

    Cannon was born on October 8, 1980, in San Diego, California, the son of Beth (née Hackett), an accountant, and James Cannon, a motivational televangelist. 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. Cannon received his first break doing stand-up comedy on his father's local cable access program.

    After graduating in 1998 from Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley, California, Cannon attained a gig as a warm-up comedian for Nickelodeon's studio audience in Los Angeles, most notably All That, on which he also made guest appearances.

    Music career

    1999–2006: Music beginnings, Nick Cannon and Stages

    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". 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)".

    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. 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.

    2009–12: 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, 2010 Nick Cannon released his debut mixtape entitled Child of the Corn.

    2013–present: White People Party Music

    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.

    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.

    Other ventures


    In 2005, Cannon created, produced, and hosted the MTV improv comedy series Wild 'N Out. 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, eighth, and ninth seasons, and is currently hosting the tenth 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. 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 4, 2013, Cannon was the master of ceremonies as well as an honoree at the annual Ebony Magazine Power 100 Awards.

    In 2014, he began hosting Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon on NBC.


    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.

    On November 12, 2012, MTV2 announced that they will be reviving Nick Cannon's Wild 'n Out. The revived show is being produced by Nick's Ncredible 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." 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.

    Season 5 of the show premiered on July 9, 2013, to the highest ratings in MTV2 history. It was renewed for season 6 and 7, which is currently airing in two blocks, the 2nd to resume late 2015, or early 2016.

    On November 30, 2012, a picture of Nick 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.

    Radio hosting

    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.

    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 fall 2010, beginning at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.

    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.

    Ncredible Entertainment

    Managed artists

    Previous artists



    Personal life

    Cannon married singer Mariah Carey on April 30, 2008, at her private estate on Windermere Island in The Bahamas.

    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; Scott is Cannon's middle name and his grandmother's maiden name. Monroe, like her mother, has no middle name.

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

    On May 1, 2013, Cannon and 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.

    In August 2014, Cannon confirmed after much speculation that he and Carey had separated a few months earlier. In September 2014, he Tweeted, "I love @MariahCarey and that will never change!!" Cannon also defended Carey, 44, insisting the criticism she has received in the wake of their separation is completely uncalled for. He added in a series of tweets: "What infuriates me most is to hear people slander @MariahCarey" and "I will forever be indebted to her for blessing me with our children ... I will always love her unconditionally for this and so much more. @MariahCarey is an amazing Mother and I trust her wholeheartedly." In December 2014, Cannon filed for divorce and it was finalized in April of 2015.

    Charitable work

    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.

    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.



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

    On October 3, 2011, Cannon released another song called "Warning (Remix)" featuring Uncle Murda, aimed at Eminem, radio host Charlamagne Tha God, and the feud between R&B singer Ray J and rapper Fabolous. The song features Cannon firing lyrical shots at Eminem and an audio clip of Eminem with Tim Westwood back in 2009 where Eminem saying: "I had no idea Nick Cannon was going to start 'wiling out' on me," referring 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."


    Studio albums

    List of Studio albums, with selected chart positions
    Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
    US R&B
    Nick Cannon 83 15
    • US sales: 201,000
    White People Party Music
    • Released: April 1, 2014
    • Label: N'Credible Entertainment
    • Formats: CD, MD, LP

    Compilation albums

    Year Title
    2014 Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out: Compilation Vol. 1
    (with Various artist)
    • Released: January 28, 2014
    • Label: N'Credible, RED
    • Formats: CD, MD, LP

    Comedy albums

    List of Comedy albums, with selected chart positions
    Title Album details Peak chart positions
    US Comedy
    US R&B
    Mr. Showbiz
    • Released: May 14, 2011
    • Label: New Wave Dynamics
    • Formats: CD, MD, LP
    3 66


    Nick Cannon's mixtapes and details
    Title Mixtape details
    Child of the Corn
    • Released: December 6, 2010


    As lead artist

    List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
    Title Year Peak chart positions Album
    US Hot 100 US
    "Parents Just Don't Understand" (feturing Lil Romeo) 2001 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius soundtrack
    "Your Pops Don't Like Me (I Really Don't Like This Dude)" 2003 Nick Cannon
    "Feelin' Freaky"
    (featuring B2K)
    92 46
    (featuring R. Kelly)
    24 21 9
    "Shorty (Put It on the Floor)"
    (with Busta Rhymes, Chingy and Fat Joe)
    101 Love Don't Cost a Thing soundtrack
    "Get Crunk Shorty"
    (featuring Ying Yang Twins and Fatman Scoop)
    2004 Non-album singles
    "Can I Live?"
    (featuring Anthony Hamilton)
    2005 85
    "It's Your Birthday"(featuring Fatman Scoop) 2006
    "My Wife"
    (featuring Slim of 112)
    "Dime Piece"
    (featuring Izzy)
    (featuring Akon)
    2011 White People Party Music
    "Me Sexy" 2013
    "Dance Floor"
    "Looking for a Dream" 2014
    "Pajama Pants"
    (featuring Future, Migos and Traphik)
    "—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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