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R. Kelly 

Fun Fact

In May 2010, it was announced that R. Kelly’s song “Sign of a Victory” would be the official song of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, performed along with the Soweto Spiritual Singers.  Proceeds from the song will benefit African charities. 
R. Kelly 
Singer, Song writer 
Born: 1/8/1967 
Location: Chicago Lying-In Hospital 
Hometown: Chicago 
Grammar School:  
High School: Kenwood Academy, Chicago 
   
Before this Chicago native became a three-time Grammy Award winner, Robert Sylvester Kelly was a street performer under the Chicago 'L' trains.  R. Kelly was born to a single mother of four, a refugee from the Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe. Like many other R&B artists, R. Kelly began his music legacy singing in church at the age of 8.  When he was 20, R. Kelly and his group “MGM” were discovered when they won a talent show called “Big Break” hosted by Natalie Cole. Kelly signed with Jive records and began another group called “Public Announcement.” Their “60653 Tour” was named for his old Chicago zip code.  In 1996 R. Kelly topped the charts as a solo artist with the Grammy Award-winner “I Believe I Can Fly” from the motion picture “Space Jam” starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. While he has been a successful singer, songwriter and producer, Kelly’s career has also been dogged by controversies and a long court battle against charges of child pornography. A Chicago jury found him not guilty of all fourteen counts in 2008.