Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon at Time 100 Gala in Manhattan, May 4, 2010.
Nick Cannon at Time 100 Gala in Manhattan, May 4, 2010.
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Scott Cannon
Born October 8, 1980 (1980-10-08) (age 39)
San Diego, California,
United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, comedian, record producer, actor, television host
Years active 1998–present
Labels Jive, Can I Ball, Columbia

Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon (born October 8, 1980)[1] is an American actor, comedian, rapper, 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 a self-titled debut 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 in 2008. They renewed their vows in 2010.

Early lifeEdit

Cannon was born in San Diego[1] to Beth Gardner and James Cannon, a televangelist who hosted a public access TV ministry in Charlotte, North Carolina.[2] 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 eight,[3] and at age 11, he landed a spot on his father's cable access program performing stand-up comedy.[4] 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.[3] Cannon attended Quail Hollow Middle School. He graduated from Monte Vista High School, in 1998. When he was cast for the movie, Drumline, he was residing in Southside Terrace, off of Nellieville Road, in Augusta, Georgia.And then became chairmen of teen nick hosting all events.



Cannon 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.[5] That same year, Nick Cannon starred in and executive produced the comedy Underclassman.[6] In 2006, Cannon lent his voice for the animated feature Monster House,[3] followed by a role in the drama Bobby.[7]

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,[8] but it was not well received and cancelled shortly after it premiered.

Most recently, he has appeared in the Direct-to-DVD remake of Day of the Dead[9] and the independent drama American Son.[10] He will return to Nickelodeon in the TV movie The School Gyrls, starring the band of the same name created by him.

On July 13, Cannon announced that he was going on a comedy tour in the Fall 2010 beginning at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. [11]


In 2005, Cannon produced and hosted the MTV improv comedy series Wild 'N Out.[12] In 2009, He hosted the fourth season of America's Got Talent and is currently hosting the fifth season.[13] 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, and Alicia Keys which premiered on December 11th. In 2010 he hosted America's got talent.


As 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.

After signing with Jive Records in 2001, he was featured alongside Lil' Romeo and 3LW on the Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius soundtrack with a cover of the 1988 hit song "Parents Just Don't Understand".[14] His debut self titled album was released in 2003 and included the single "Your Pops Don't Like Me".[15]

In 2005, Cannon formed his own record label, Can I Ball Records, with plans to release his second album, Stages, later that year.[16] The album's first single, "Can I Live?", a pro-life song, was released in July 2005[17] followed by the second single "Dime Piece" in March 2006.[18] His second album has been shelved and has not seen release as of 2010.


The former Nickelodeon star and MTV Networks personality is now the Chairman of TeenNick and the development and creative consultant of the network.

Radio HostingEdit

Cannon started hosting a morning show (6-10AM) at 92.3 NOW FM (WXRK-FM) in New York on January 19, 2010.

Personal lifeEdit

Cannon dated Grammy-nominated singer and actress Christina Milian[19] [20] Cannon began dating Victoria's Secret model Selita Ebanks in February 2007[21] and just six weeks later on May 7, 2007, Cannon proposed to Ebanks via the Times Square jumbotron.[22] The couple called off their engagement five months later in October 2007.[23] Cannon married singer Mariah Carey on April 30, 2008.

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.

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.[24]



Year Title Chart positions[25] Certifications and sales
2003 Nick Cannon
  • 1st studio album
  • Released on December 9, 2003
83 15
TBD Stages
  • 2nd studio album
  • Unreleased
  • RIAA certification: —


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Hot 100 US
2003 "Your Pops Don't Like Me"  —  —  — Nick Cannon
"Feelin' Freaky" (with B2K) 92 46  —
"Gigolo" (with R. Kelly) 24 21 9
2005 "Can I Live?" (with Anthony Hamilton)  — 85  — Stages
2006 "Dime Piece" (with Izzy)  — 70  —


Year Film Role Notes
2000 Whatever It Takes Chess Club Kid
2002 Men in Black II MIB Autopsy Agent Alternative titles: MIB 2
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
Shall We Dance? Scott
2005 The Beltway Executive producer
Underclassman Tracy "Tre" Stokes Writer, Executive producer
Roll Bounce Bernard
2006 The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Brer Rabbit Voice
Even Money Godfrey Snow
Monster House Officer Lester Voice
Bobby Dwayne
2007 Weapons Reggie
Goal! 2: Living the Dream... TJ Harper
2008 American Son Mike
Day of the Dead Salazar Direct-to-DVD release
Ball Don't Lie Mico
The Killing Room Paul Brody
2010 School Gyrls Lunch Lady & Director
Year Title Role Notes
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
2010-present The Nightlife Himself Host

Awards and nominationsEdit

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 LeVasseur, Andrea. "Nick Cannon — Biography". Allmovie. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  2. Griffin, Gil (2002-12-12). "Marching to his own beat". 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Williams, Kam (2006-07-19). "Nick Cannon: The Monster House Interview". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  4. Kappes, Serena; Hay, Carla (2005-09-02). "Celeb Spotlight: Nick Cannon".,,1099874,00.html. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  5. "Multi-talented performer Nick Cannon is a hit on TV, in movies and on CD — in the spotlight". Jet. 2004-01-04. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  6. Morales, Wilson (2005-08). "Underclassmen: An Interview with Nick Cannon". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  7. Morales, William (2006-11-13). "An Interview with Nick Cannon". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  8. "Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  9. "Family Room Recruits Mena Suvari, Ving Rhames and Nick Cannon Top Remake of Day of the Dead". Business Wire. 2006-07-24. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  10. Carroll, Larry (2008-01-22). "Nick Cannon Cuts Back On Sundance Parties To Promote 'American Son'". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  11. "Nick Cannon Kicks Off National Comedy Tour". 
  12. Soriano, César G. (2005-07-27). "The buzz on Cannon". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  13. Nick Cannon to Host America's Got Talent 4 Realityblurred, February 10, 2009
  14. "Nick Cannon Biography". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  15. "Nick Cannon Drops `Your Pops Don't Like Me'; Self-Titled Debut Album to Drop on March 4". Business Wire. 2003-01-17. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  16. Moss, Corey (2006-04-05). "Nick Cannon Keeps Cookin' With Five Movies, New Label, LP". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  17. "Nick Cannon Discography". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  18. "Nick Cannon Discography". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  19. Nick Cannon - Former Christian Cannon Refused To Get Serious With Milian
  20. "Reports: Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon Marry". 2007-05-02.,2933,353954,00.html. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  21. Tan, Michelle; Triggs, Charlotte (2007-02-22). "Nick Cannon & Selita Ebanks: So In Love".,,20013070,00.html. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  22. McGee (2007-05-08). "Nick Cannon and Selita Ebanks Engaged".,,20038169,00.html. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  23. Triggs, Charlotte. "Nick Cannon, Selita Ebanks Split Up".,,20132577,00.html. 
  24. "Can I Live?" Music video
  25. "Artist Chart History - Nick Cannon - Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  26. Hope, Clover (2006-11-02). "Kanye, Kweli Join Nick Cannon's 'Stages'". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 

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