Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon



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

Early music career

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.

Self-titled debut album (2001–2003)

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]

Stages (2005–2006)

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.[6] But it was never released because of Nick Cannon's acting career.

Slick Rick parody "Slick Nick" (2010–2012)

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".

Other ventures


In 2005, Cannon produced and hosted the MTV improv comedy series Wild 'N Out.[7] That same year he hosted the world record slime stunt on Nickelodeon's 2005 Kids' Choice Awards in which a human cannonball was shot into slime. By complete chance, it was Nick Cannon with the Nick(elodeon) Cannon! Donald Trump did the honors of announcing "You're fired" to trigger the cannonballl shooting. In 2009, he hosted the fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons of America's Got Talent and is currently hosting the seventh season.[8] He also hosted the first and only season of Nickelodeon's Friday Night Slimetime. He also 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 Cannon hosted the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.


The former Nickelodeon star and MTV Networks personality is now the Chairman of TeenNick and the development and creative consultant of 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 launched his own weekly chart program "Cannon's Countdown" syndicated by CBS Radio it started on April 23.[9]

On February 17, 2012, Cannon stepped down from 92.3 NOW citing health issues.


Cannon hosted and performed on the comedy show Wild 'N Out that aired on MTV for four seasons between 2005 - 2007. 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.[10]

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.[11]

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.

N'Credible Entertainment

Current artists
    • Wonder Broz
    • The Rangers
    • Gabi wilson
    • 4Count
    • Colette Carr
    • Lil Will
Managed artists
Previous artist
    • FOREVER (School Gyrls)
    • Aaron Fresh
    • Cory Gunz



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".[12] 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".[13][14]

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 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".[15][16][17][18]

Personal life

With no prior announcement on April 30, 2008, Cannon married Mariah Carey at her private estate on Windermere Island in The Bahamas after just six weeks of dating.[19][20][21][22] Cannon and Carey initially met in 2005 at the Billboard Music Awards. The two remained friends for the years following. On October 28, 2010 Carey confirmed that she and Cannon were expecting their first child. Carey revealed that she had been pregnant shortly after her wedding during the time of the 2008 World Music Awards, but she miscarried, so Carey and Cannon decided to keep the matter private.[23] .

On April 30, 2011, the couple's third wedding anniversary, Carey gave birth to fraternal twins.[24] 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 doesn't have a middle name as Mariah herself doesn't have one.[25] 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.[26][27] 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.[28]

Charitable work

In 2011, Cannon filmed a public service announcement for Dosomething.org encouraging teens to find a cause about which they are passionate and take action in their communities.[29]


Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart
(sales threshold)
US Comedy
2003 Nick Cannon 83 N/A 15
  • US sales: 275,000[33]
2011 Mr. Showbiz [34]
  • Release date: May 14, 2011
  • Label: New Wave Dynamics
- 3 66
2012 Mr. Showbiz Sings the Hits [35]
  • Release date: TBD
  • Label: New Wave Dynamics
- - -


YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US Hot 100US
2003 "Your Pops Don't Like Me"  —  —  — Nick Cannon
"Feelin' Freaky" (feat. B2K) 92 46  —
"Gigolo" (feat. R. Kelly) 24 21 9
2005 "Can I Live?" (feat. Anthony Hamilton)  — 85  — Stages (unreleased)
2006 "Dime Piece" (feat. Izzy)  — 70  —
2011 "Famous" (feat. Akon) [34]  —  —  — TBD



2000 Whatever It Takes Chess Club Kid
2002 Men in Black II MIB Autopsy Agent Alternative titles: MIB 2
2002 Drumline Devon Miles
2003 Love Don't Cost a Thing Alvin Johnson Alternative title: Love Don't Co$t a Thing
2004 Garfield: The Movie Louis Voice
2004 Shall We Dance? Scott
2005 The Beltway Executive producer
2005 Underclassman Tracy "Tre" Stokes Writer, Executive producer
2005 Roll Bounce Bernard
2006 The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Brer Rabbit Voice
2006 Even Money Godfrey Snow
2006 Monster House Officer Lester Voice
2006 Bobby Dwayne
2007 Weapons Reggie
2007 Goal! 2: Living the Dream... TJ Harper
2008 American Son Mike
2008 Day of the Dead Salazar Direct-to-DVD release
2008 Ball Don't Lie Mico
2009 The Killing Room Paul Brody
2010 School Gyrls Lunch Lady & Director
2012 Rags Himself TV Movie
1998–2000 All That Various 33 episodes
1998–1999 Kenan & Kel Uncredited/Pizza Boy 4 episodes
2000 The Parkers Garland 1 episode
2001 Taina Alex
2 episodes
2002–2003 The Nick Cannon Show Himself 22 episodes
Executive producer
2004 Chappelle's Show Himself 1 episode
Episode #24
2005–2007 Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out Himself Writer
Executive producer
2007 Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz Himself 8 episodes
Executive producer
2009–present America's Got Talent Himself Host
2009–present TeenNick Himself Chairman
2009-present Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Himself Host
2010 The Nightlife Himself Host
2011 Up All Night Calvin Recurring role
2013 The Real Husbands Of Hollywood Himself

Awards and nominations

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