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Nicholas Scott Cannon, aka Nick Cannon, is an American comedian, actor, rapper, and television host. Before hosting The Nick Cannon Show, Wild ‘n Out, America’s Got Talent, Lip Sync Battle Shorties, and The Masked Singer, Cannon started his television career as a teenager on All That. He appeared in the motion pictures Roll Bounce, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, and Drumline.

As a rapper, he collaborated with singer R. Kelly on the single “Gigolo,” which was included in his 2003 debut self-titled album. In the 2007 motion picture Goal II: Living the Dream, he portrayed the fictional football player TJ Harper. For the never-released album Stages, Cannon recorded the singles “Dime Piece” and “My Wife” in 2006.

He is infamous for having 11 children with 6 different women, and this is just one of the controversies about his life. Keep reading to know more about him.  

Early Life

On October 8, 1980, Cannon was born in San Diego, California. Both Cannon and his biological father referred to their paternal grandfather as “dad” and spent most of their childhood with him. Cannon was raised in Southeast San Diego’s gang-ridden Bay Vista Housing Projects in Lincoln Park. He was a member of the Lincoln Park Bloods street gang when he was a teenager, but he claimed to have broken away from the group after losing a close friend. He attended and graduated from Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley, California, in 1998. There, he participated in track and field and served as president of the African Student Coalition. When Cannon started performing stand-up comedy, it was on his father’s local cable public access TV show.

Music Career

A member of the hip-hop group “Da G4 Dope Bomb Squad” during his youth, Cannon served as an opening act for artists such as Will Smith, LFO, 98 Degrees, and Montell Jordan.

He performed a cover of the 1988 hit song “Parents Just Don’t Understand” on the Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius soundtrack, featuring Romeo Miller and 3LW. He had signed with Jive Records by then. 2003 saw the release of his self-titled debut album, featuring the single “Your Pops Don’t Like Me (I Really Don’t Like This Dude)”.

Cannon established Can-I-Ball Records, his own record label, in 2005 with the intention of releasing Stages, his second studio album, later that year. First released in July 2005[10], the album’s anti-abortion (pro-life) single “Can I Live?” was followed in March 2006 by the second single, “Dime Piece.” Because of Nick Cannon’s acting career, it was never released.

After closing his previous record company, Can-I-Ball Records, Nick Cannon founded a new label, N’Credible Entertainment, in 2009. Cannon made a spoof of Slick Rick, the pioneer of hip hop, called “Slick Nick” in 2010. He released two songs under the persona, including “Nick’s Story,” a freestyle rap cover of Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story,” and “I’m a Slick Rick,” a freestyle of Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How to Dougie,” in which he tried to diss hip-hop megastar Eminem. Child of the Corn, Nick Cannon’s debut mixtape, was released on December 6, 2011.

Over seven years after his album Stages was shelved, Nick Cannon launched his new single “Me Sexy” on July 26, 2013, and revealed that he was working on a new second studio album called White People Party Music, which would feature collaborations with Afrojack, Pitbull, Future, and Polow da Don.

On December 9, 2019, Cannon replied to Eminem’s feature on Fat Joe and Dre’s “Lord Above” by releasing “The Invitation,” an Eminem diss track. Rappers Hitman Holla, Charlie Clips, and Prince Eazy—whom Cannon referred to as “The Black Squad”—were joined on the song by former record producer and convicted felon Suge Knight. The following day, Cannon dropped two more diss tracks, “The Invitation Canceled” and “Pray For Him,” featuring Conceited and more of the same rappers that Eminem had responded to Cannon within two tweets.

America’s Got Talent

Cannon was the host of America’s Got Talent from 2009 to 2016. He stated he would not be returning in 2017, mentioning creative differences with NBC executives. Following reports that the network was considering firing Cannon for insulting NBC during his Showtime comedy special, Stand Up, Don’t Shoot, the actor announced his resignation. Regarding the cable behemoth Comcast’s ownership of NBC, Cannon said in a statement, “I love art and entertainment too much to watch it be ruined by controlling corporations and big business.”

Hosting Career

Wild ‘N Out was an MTV improv comedy series that Cannon created, produced, and hosted in 2005. He hosted the infamous “slime stunt” on Nickelodeon’s 2005 Kids’ Choice Awards, where a human cannonball was thrown into slime, in the same year. He was also Ellen DeGeneres’s DJ on her Bigger, Longer, and Wider show. Along with Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, LeBron James, Justin Timberlake, and Hayden Panettiere, Cannon hosted the Nickelodeon HALO Awards on December 11, 2009.

Comedy

Cannon revealed on July 13, 2010, that he would embark on a fall 2010 comedy tour, starting at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. 

Cannon recorded his debut stand-up comedy special, Mr. Showbiz, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas at the beginning of 2011. On May 14, 2011, Showtime aired the special. Mr. Showbiz was released physically on May 31, 2011, but it was first made available online on iTunes on May 16, 2011.

Controversies and Personal Life

Following racist and anti-Semitic remarks he made during an episode of his podcast Cannon’s Class with Professor Griff, Nick Cannon was fired by ViacomCBS on July 14, 2020. Endorsing conspiracy theories regarding Jewish financial control, he stated that Jews were appropriating the identity of “black people as the ‘true Hebrews'” and quoted Louis Farrakhan, who has been chosen as an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

In addition, he expressed black supremacist views, referring to white people as “savages” who were “closer to animals” and claiming that the “only way that they can act is evil” by using the skeptical melanin theory. According to a statement from ViacomCBS, Cannon’s promotion of “hateful speech and… anti-Semitic conspiracy theories” led to the company’s breakup with him.

Relationships and Children

Cannon met model Selita Ebanks in February 2007. In May of the same year, the couple received a public proposal in Times Square to become engaged, but by October, they had decided to call it off.

On April 30, 2008, Cannon wed singer-songwriter Mariah Carey at her estate on Windermere Island, Bahamas. Carey gave birth to fraternal twins on April 30, 2011. The couple separated after six years of marriage, and in December 2014, Cannon filed for divorce. In 2016, their divorce became official.

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