Who is Nicholas Scott Cannon? The entertainment, music and acting world knows him as Nick Cannon. Cannon is an American actor, comedian, rapper, radio and television personality. On television, Cannon began as a teenage sketch comedian 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 singer Mariah Carey on April 30, 2008.
Early lifeCannon was born October 8, 1980 in San Diego to Beth Gardner (1959-) and James Cannon (1954–2010), a televangelist who hosted a public access TV ministry in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a child, Cannon divided his time with his mother and grandmother in San Diego and with his father in Charlotte. He began performing at age nine. Cannon is the nephew of Katie Geneva Cannon, who is currently serving as Annie Scales Rogers Professor for Christian Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.
Before filming drumline he lived in Augusta Georgia on Nellyville Road. and at age 11, he landed a spot on his father's cable access program performing stand-up comedy. When Cannon was in his mid-teens, he moved to Hollywood, where he performed stand up at The Improv, The Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store. Cannon attended Quail Hollow Middle School. He graduated from Monte Vista High School, in 1998.
Acting careerCannon scored his television debut on Nickelodeon's All That. In 2002, he was featured in his own series, The Nick Cannon Show. Later that year, he had his first starring role in Drumline, followed by the 2003 comedy Love Don't Cost a Thing. In 2005, he appeared in Roll Bounce with fellow actor and rapper Bow Wow. That same year, Nick Cannon starred in and executive produced the comedy Underclassman. In 2006, Cannon lent his voice for the animated feature Monster House, followed by a role in the drama Bobby.
His successful sketch comedy show [Wild 'n Out] ran for 4 seasons on MTV from 2005–2007. The following year, Cannon created Short Circuitz, a sketch comedy series that also aired on MTV, but it was not well received and cancelled shortly.
Early music careerAs a teenager, Cannon formed the rap duo "Da Bomb Squad" with his best 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". His debut self titled album was released in 2003 and included the single "Your Pops Don't Like Me".
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. 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. But it was never released because of Nick Cannon's acting career.
Slick Rick parody "Slick Nick"(2010–present)In 2010 Nick 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" which more or less dissed Hip-Hop star Eminem. It was a freestyle of Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie" & "Nick's Story" which was a freestyle of Slick Rick's "Children's Story". It is unknown if he will be using the character to make a mixtape or album.
HostingIn 2005, Cannon produced and hosted the MTV improv comedy series Wild 'N Out. 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 season of America's Got Talent and is currently hosting the fifth season. 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.
BusinessThe former Nickelodeon star and MTV Networks personality is now the Chairman of TeenNick and the development and creative consultant of the network.
Radio HostingOn 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 will launch his own weekly chart program "Cannon's Countdown" syndicated by CBS Radio starting April 23. 
ComedyNick hosts and performs on the comedy show that airs on MTV wild 'N' out. On July 13, 2010, Cannon announced that he was going on a comedy tour in the Fall 2010 beginning at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.
N'Credible EntertainmentIn 2010 Nick Cannon formed his new label entitled N'Credible Entertainment or N'Credible Records originally the label was called Can I Ball.
- Current artists
- Managed artists
|Aaron Fresh - Fresh N Up |
|RydazNRtist - TBA |
|The Ranger$ - TBA |
EminemEminem's 2009 album, Relapse, contained a track titled "Bagpipes from Baghdad", poking fun at Cannon's wife Mariah Carey. Cannon responded back with tweets via his Twitter page, while Mariah released a song and video titled "Obsessed", with lyrics and visuals aimed at Eminem. Eminem responded back 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 Nick released a response in the style of hip-hop pioneer Slick Rick a year later entitled "I'm A Slick Rick" over the instrumental for Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie". This was followed by a campaign via Facebook, Twitter, and Nick's radio show proposing a boxing ring fight between Eminem and Cannon for charity.
Personal lifeCannon met actress/singer Christina Milian on the set of their film, Love Don't Cost a Thing, in 2003, and they began dating. After being together for two and a half years, Milian ended her relationship with Cannon in 2005 when she found out he was cheating on her. Cannon revealed that he refused to stay faithful to Milian because their relationship was becoming too much like a "Christian romance". When Cannon married Mariah Carey on April 30, 2008, Milian said, "regardless of what I felt in the past at the time, I actually forgive him and I'm very much over that".
Cannon's paternal grandmother Ella Cannon passed away on March 27, 2003 at the age of 79. His paternal grandfather passed away on September 19, 2003 at the age of 91.
Cannon began dating Victoria's Secret model Selita Ebanks in February 2007. and just six weeks later, on May 7, 2007, Cannon proposed to Ebanks via the Times Square jumbotron. The couple called off their engagement five months later in October 2007.
With no prior announcement on April 30, 2008, Cannon married Mariah Carey at her private estate on Windermere Island in The Bahamas. On October 28, 2010 Carey confirmed that she and Cannon are expecting their first child, due in April/May 2011. Carey stated that she struggled to keep the news a secret. She also revealed that they have yet to find out the gender of the baby and that she conceived naturally. She added that she had been pregnant shortly after her wedding with Nick Cannon, but that she miscarried. Carey and Cannon decided to keep the matter private. Following allegations that Mariah accidentally revealed that the couple were expecting twins during a radio interview by referring to the child as 'they', Nick confirmed that Carey is expecting twins, a boy and a girl. 
Cannon's music video for Can I Live? reveals that he was almost aborted by his mother, but she panicked in the abortion clinic and decided to have the baby.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart |
|US R&B |
|2003||Nick Cannon ||83||15|| |
|2011||Mr. Showbiz  ||-||-|
|US Hot 100||US |
|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) ||—||—||—||Mr. Showbiz|
- Child of the Corn (2011)
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Result||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)|
|2007||Won||Cannes Film Festival||Male Revelation|
|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|