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Nicholas Scott Cannon

(1980-10-08) October 8, 1980 (age 43)
Alma mater Howard University (BS)
  • Comedian
  • television host
  • actor
  • rapper
Years active 1998–present
(m. 2008; div. 2016)
Partner(s) Selita Ebanks
Brittany Bell
Alyssa Scott
Abby De La Rosa
Bre Tiesi
LaNisha Cole
Children 12
Awards Full list
Musical career
Instruments Vocals

Nicholas Scott Cannon (born October 8, 1980) is an American comedian, television host, actor, and rapper. In television, he began as a teenager on All That before going on to host The Nick Cannon Show, Wild 'n Out, America's Got Talent, Lip Sync Battle Shorties, and The Masked Singer. He acted in the films Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing, and Roll Bounce.

As a rapper, Cannon released his debut self-titled album in 2003. In 2007 he played the role of the fictional footballer TJ Harper in the film Goal II: Living the Dream. In 2006, Cannon recorded the singles "Dime Piece" and "My Wife" for the planned album Stages, which was never released.

Early life

Cannon was born on October 8, 1980, in San Diego, California. He was largely raised by his paternal grandfather, whom both he and his biological father called "dad". As a child, he grew up in Lincoln Park's Bay Vista Housing Projects, a gang-ridden section of Southeast San Diego. While in his teenage years, Cannon was affiliated with the Lincoln Park Bloods street gang, but stated that he left behind his affiliations after losing a close friend. In 1998, he graduated from Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley, where he was president of the African Student Coalition and participated in track and field. Cannon received his first break doing stand-up comedy on his father's local cable public access TV program.

Music career

1999–2006: Music beginnings, Nick Cannon and Stages

As a teenager, Cannon was one-third of the rap group "Da G4 ... Bomb Squad", 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 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 (I Really Don't Like This Dude)".

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?", was released in July 2005 followed by the second single "Dime Piece" in March 2006. It was never released because of Cannon's acting career.

2009–2012: N'Credible Entertainment, Slick Nick and Child of the Corn

In 2009, Cannon formed a new label after cancelling his old label Can-I-Ball Records entitled N'Credible Entertainment. In 2010, Cannon created a parody of hip hop pioneer Slick Rick entitled "Slick Nick". He released two songs by the character such as "I'm a Slick Rick", a freestyle of Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie" in which he attempted to diss hip hop mega-star Eminem, and "Nick's Story", a freestyle rap version of Slick Rick's "Children's Story". On December 6, 2011, Cannon released his debut mixtape entitled Child of the Corn.

2013–present: White People Party Music and second mixtape

On July 26, 2013, Cannon premiered his new single "Me ..." and announced over seven years after the shelving of his album Stages that he was working on a new second studio album entitled White People Party Music featuring collaborations with Afrojack, Pitbull, Future and Polow da Don.

The album's second single "Looking for a Dream" was released on February 11, 2014. The song features Afrojack. The music video was released on VEVO on February 13.

On November 16, 2016, Cannon released his second mixtape The Gospel of Ike Turn Up: My Side of the Story. Prior to the release of the mixtape, a music video for the single "If I Was Your Man" was released on November 7, 2016.

On December 2, 2016, Cannon released a single called "Hold On" on iTunes.

Cannon released "The Invitation", an Eminem diss track, on December 9, 2019, as a response to Eminem's feature on Fat Joe and Dre's "Lord Above" dissing Cannon. The track featured former record producer and convicted felon Suge Knight, as well as rappers Hitman Holla, Charlie Clips and Prince Eazy, whom Cannon referred to as "The Black Squad". After Eminem responded to Cannon with two tweets, Cannon released a second diss track the next day featuring the same rappers as well as Conceited titled "Pray For Him", followed by another solo diss track entitled "The Invitation Canceled"


Studio albums
  • Nick Cannon (2003)
  • White People Party Music (2014)

Other ventures


In 2005, Cannon created, produced, and hosted the MTV improv comedy series Wild 'N Out. That same year he hosted the so-called slime stunt on Nickelodeon's 2005 Kids' Choice Awards in which a human cannonball was shot into slime. In addition, he was the DJ on Ellen DeGeneres's Bigger, Longer, And Wider show. On December 11, 2009, Cannon hosted the Nickelodeon HALO Awards along with Justin Timberlake, Hayden Panettiere, LeBron James, Kelly Rowland and Alicia Keys.

In 2010, Cannon created and co-hosted the short-lived TeenNick original series The Nightlife.

On July 4, 2011, Cannon hosted the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, an annual American competitive eating competition.

On November 12, 2012, MTV2 announced that the revival of Wild 'N Out. The revived show was produced by Cannon's Ncredible Entertainment, the series premiered in 2013 with a few returning faces joined by a roster of fresh talents. When asked about the show coming back, Cannon said, "With our show's original cast, everyone from Kevin Hart to Katt Williams, Affion Crockett and Taran Killam becoming household names, I am looking forward to working with MTV2 as we work to introduce the biggest comedic stars of tomorrow with the return of Wild 'N Out." Rapper Big Boi of Outkast has confirmed in a tweet on Twitter he was shooting an episode on January 29, 2013, in NYC and for people to join in the audience.

Season 5 of the show premiered on July 9, 2013, to the highest ratings in MTV2 history. It was renewed for season 6 and 7, which aired in two blocks.

Meanwhile on December 1, 2012, Cannon would launch and host the TeenNick Top 10 on TeenNick as part of his executive role with the network. The program counted down ten popular videos of the week, often with Cannon's input also a part of the week's playlist. The series would air until March 17, 2018, when TeenNick phased out all original programming.

On November 4, 2013, Cannon was the master of ceremonies as well as an honoree at the annual Ebony Magazine Power 100 Awards. In 2014, he began hosting Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon on NBC.

On August 4, 2016, Wild 'N Out returned for its 8th season after three record-breaking seasons.

On February 3, 2021, Cannon tested positive for COVID-19, leading to Niecy Nash temporarily filling in for him during his quarantine during the fifth season of The Masked Singer. He returned to hosting duty after competing as the wild card contestant "Bulldog" in the fifth episode and was eliminated by Nash's choice. Cannon unmasked without the panelists having to make their final guesses.

In 2019, it was announced that Cannon would be debuting his own syndicated daytime talk show in 2020 via Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury and Cannon's own production company, NCredible Entertainment. After taking a brief hiatus due to his controversy, the show, Nick Cannon, premiered on September 27, 2021, with the Fox Television Stations as a key group. The show was canceled in March 2022, and his final episode aired on May 27, 2022, with guest Carrie Ann Inaba.

America's Got Talent and departure

From 2009 to 2016, Cannon served as the host of America's Got Talent. He announced he would not be back for 2017, citing creative differences between him and the executives of NBC. The resignation came in the wake of news that the network considered firing Cannon after he made disparaging remarks about NBC in his Showtime comedy special, Stand Up, Don't Shoot. "I love art and entertainment too much to watch it be ruined by controlling corporations and big business," Cannon said in a statement, referring to the cable giant Comcast's ownership of NBC. Cannon, however, was technically under contract to host America's Got Talent and could have been potentially sued by NBC for breach of contract, though this was considered unlikely. NBC executives did not accept his resignation and had been stated to be keeping their fingers crossed that he would instead choose to return. Cannon's resignation was ultimately accepted as final without further incident. He was replaced in his position as host of America's Got Talent by Tyra Banks, known for also having hosted America's Next Top Model.


Following his role as host of the TEENick block, Cannon was the chairman of the TeenNick channel for Nickelodeon in 2009, as well as its development and creative consultant. In 2012, he created a sketch-comedy series, Incredible Crew, starring six teenagers as Cannon wrote and produced the theme song. The show was produced by Cartoon Network Studios, in association with Ncredible Entertainment. The series aired 13 episodes before being canceled. As previously mentioned, he also hosted the network's TeenNick Top 10 video countdown program.

On November 30, 2012, a picture of Cannon was posted on the Ncredible Entertainment website, which reported that Cannon signed a deal with NBCUniversal to produce scripted and unscripted material for the network.

In December 2015, Cannon was named "Chief Creative Officer" of RadioShack in hopes of catering to a younger crowd. According to the company this role involved "creating RadioShack-exclusive products and curating the in-store experience." They launched the NCredible line of consumer audio electronics the following February, starting with the Ncredible1 Wireless Headphones.

Radio hosting

On January 19, 2010, Cannon hosted the morning show (6–10AM) with co-hosts Nikki and Southern Sarah Lee at 92.3 NOW FM (WXRK-FM) in New York. On February 17, 2012, he stepped down from 92.3 NOW citing health issues.

Cannon has a weekly chart program called Cannon's Countdown that is syndicated by CBS Radio.

Currently, Cannon hosts his own show "Nick Cannon Mornings" at Power 106 in Los Angeles. His show replaced J. Cruz's "The Cruz Show" in the 5am – 10am time slot after J. Cruz went over to urban contemporary hip hop iHeart Radio rival KRRL "Real 92.3" for their afternoon drive show.


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

In early 2011, Cannon recorded his first 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.

Personal life

Cannon was hospitalized on January 4, 2012, for treatment of "mild kidney failure", and again on February 17, 2012, after a pulmonary embolism. On March 5, 2012, he announced that his kidney problems were due to lupus nephritis.

Cannon enrolled at Howard University in 2016 and graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology/Administration of Justice and a minor in Africana Studies.

Cannon endorsed the 2020 presidential campaign of rapper Kanye West after he guest-starred on his podcast Cannon's Class.

Relationships and children

In February 2007, Cannon met model Selita Ebanks. The couple got engaged with a public proposal at Times Square in May of the same year, but broke off the engagement by October.

Cannon married singer-songwriter Mariah Carey on April 30, 2008, at her private estate on Windermere Island in the Bahamas. On April 30, 2011, Carey gave birth to fraternal twins. After six years of marriage, the couple separated and Cannon filed for divorce in December 2014. Their divorce was finalized in 2016.

He has three children with model Brittany Bell: a son (born February 2017), a daughter (born December 2020) and another son (born September 2022).

Cannon and model Alyssa Scott have a son (born June 2021) who died of brain cancer at five months old, and a daughter (born December 2022). Cannon said he briefly experimented with celibacy in late 2021, during a bout with depression following the death of his son.

With Abby De La Rosa, he has twin sons (born June 2021) and a daughter (born November 2022).

Model and real estate agent Bre Tiesi gave birth to their son in June 2022.

In September 2022, model LaNisha Cole gave birth to their daughter.


In 2011, Cannon filmed a public service announcement for Do Something encouraging teens to find a cause about which they are passionate and take action in their communities. Since 2011, Cannon has served as the celebrity spokesperson for the National Association of Letter Carriers' annual national food drive, which is held throughout the United States on the second Saturday in May.



Year Film Role Notes
2000 Whatever It Takes Chess Club Kid
2002 Men in Black II MIB Autopsy Agent Alternative titles: MIB 2, MIIB
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 role
Shall We Dance? Scott
2005 Underclassman Tracy "Tre" Stokes Also writer, executive producer
Roll Bounce Bernard
2006 Even Money Godfrey Snow
The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Brer Rabbit Voice
Monster House Officer Lester Voice role
Bobby Dwayne
2007 Weapons Reggie
Goal II: Living the Dream TJ Harper
2008 American Son Mike
Day of the Dead Salazar Direct-to-DVD film
Ball Don't Lie Mico
2009 The Killing Room Paul Brody
School Gyrls Lunch Lady Director
2010 A Very School Gyrls Holla-Day Robby Bottoms Director
2011 Mash Up
2014 Drumline: A New Beat Devon Miles Also executive producer
School Dance Super Sizer/Himself Also director, co-writer, producer
2015 Chi-Raq Chi-raq
2016 King of the Dancehall Tarzan Brixton Also director
2017 Nick Cannon: The Vlad Couch Himself
2019 Berserk Raffy Rivers
2021 The Misfits Ringo


Year Title Role Notes
1998–2000 All That Various Main role, 33 episodes
1998–1999 Kenan & Kel Uncredited/Pizza Boy 4 episodes
2000 The Parkers Garland Episode: "Big is Beautiful"
2001 Taina Alex / LaTanya 2 episodes
2002–2003 The Nick Cannon Show Himself 22 episodes; also writer, executive producer
2004 Chappelle's Show Himself 1 episode
2005–present Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out Himself Host; also creator, writer, director, executive producer
2007 Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz Himself 8 episodes; also creator, director, executive producer
2009–2016 America's Got Talent Himself Host
2009–2019 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Himself Host
2010 The Nightlife Himself Host
2011 Up All Night Calvin 5 episodes
2011 Nick Cannon: Mr. Show Biz Himself Stand-up special
2012 Rags Himself Television film
2012–2018 TeenNick Top 10 Himself Host
2013 Incredible Crew Himself Announcer; also creator, executive producer, music
2013–2016 Real Husbands of Hollywood Himself Main role
2013 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Himself Host
2013 Big Time Rush Himself
2014–2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Marcus Recurring role
2014 Love & Hip Hop: New York Himself
2014 The Eric Andre Show Himself
2014–2016 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon Himself Host; also executive producer
2015 Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Himself
2017 Nick Cannon: Stand Up, Don’t Shoot Himself Stand-up special
2017–2018 Lip Sync Battle Shorties Himself
2019–present The Masked Singer Himself Host + "Bulldog"
2021–2022 Nick Cannon Himself Host
2023 Beat Shazam Himself Guest host

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award 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)
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
2022 Nominated Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actor The Misfits

See also

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