How tall is Nelly

Nelly's Height

5ft 8in (172.7 cm)

American Rapper. In an msnbc interview Nelly claimed "I'm not very big. ... I'm about 5-foot-9, 175 pounds. I used to be about 5-foot-7, 150 pounds."

Nelly with Lil Wayne, Mary J Blige
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Average Guess (4 Votes)
5ft 7.69in (171.9cm)
Phil said on 29/Dec/16
He is 2 or 3 inches shorter than 5 foot 10 Craig David.
Realist said on 10/Nov/16
5'7 175 for Nelly
Shane said on 16/Jun/16
I think he's definitely 5'8" barefoot. Stood right next to him and talked with him for about 20 minutes at Rams Park in 2012. I definitely wouldnt peg him any shorter than that.
BarelyLegal said on 14/Aug/15
in this photo he looks 5'7.25
maybe for the posture he has in this one
Emil 182-183 cm said on 10/Jul/15
IMDB had him listed 6'1 not so many years ago. Same with Tom Felton lol
Ci Ci said on 13/May/15
his mugshot reminds me of ja rules mugshot having him listed at 5"10, i was looking threw google images of "nelly and joe jonas" whos 5"7 and in some pics nellys half to 1 whole inch taller, except for one nellys wearing converse he stands slightly shorter, joe jonas foot wear dont change much so id say nellys probably just slightly above 5"6 and a half, now that i think about it i think ja and nelly are around the same height along with usher but idk my personal opinion.
Adamz said on 21/Apr/15
Rob, wasnt he listed at 174cm here previously?
[Editor Rob: he held it for a number of years.]
boxin said on 15/Apr/15
Yup Rob, his new mugshot shows him around 5'7. A light 5'8 maybe
[Editor Rob: is he standing as tall though, I doubt he's at measured height.]
MD said on 13/Apr/15
Yeah, this would really help if we could see footwear. He could be in tennis shoes or boots. Provided the evidence I gave, I'd say the latter, but who knows?
Brad said on 12/Apr/15
5' 7" on his mug with footwear.
Dom said on 12/Apr/15
He doesnt look taller than 5'8.5" in the mugshot. His head doesnt quite reach 5'9".

This guy is 5'7" range.
Bishop said on 12/Apr/15
A mugshot of him just came:

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Looks 5'9", but I don't know what shoes he's wearing.
5'11Stud said on 12/Apr/15
Just got arrested, probably wearing shoes.
Mug Shot: Click Here

He's a big Jordan's wearer so factor in ~2 inches, netting us at 5ft 6.6inches flat.
Nelly Shoes habits: Click Here
yah mun said on 12/Apr/15
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probably in shoes too.
I think he needs to be downgraded to 5'7.5ish.
Dr eazy said on 16/Feb/15
Nelly looks like 5'9 at the most
tyler durden said on 1/Oct/14
i met nelly back 2003 in the jay leno show in burbank. back when he was wearing that bandade as a fashion statement. im 5'8 and when i stood next to him he was like about 2 inches shorter than me. nelly is average 5'6 and of course 175lbs, he works out and not a kid, thats man weight.
Yazz said on 23/Apr/14
Even so he is sexy as hell, I honestly find (some) short guys attractive like Reggie Bush, and Luda.

Uhh Reggie Bush is close to 5'11.
MD said on 6/Feb/14
With Ludacris:

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haysmom said on 4/Feb/14
Saw him up close 2 nights ago n he def aint tall.gotta be 5'7-5'8 cuz im tall being 5'9 n hes shorter then me
MD said on 4/Dec/13

Can you take another look at this? Here he is with 5'10" Akon, and it looks like Akon may even be at an angle disadvantage in this photo:

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Not only is this more than a 1.5" difference, but it's more than a 2" difference. The others are right; Nelly is much closer to 5'7" than he is to 5'9".
Viper said on 14/Oct/13
Was Nelly really than much bigger than somebody like Floyd Mayweather?
CornellMaverick said on 29/Aug/13
Big fan of Nelly. Nelly is somewhere around 5'6-5'7. Most likely 175 pounds since he works out. We are about the same. Muscle weighs more than fat. So if it looks like he is lighter It's Just What the average person would assume. A person 5'7 weighing 160 with majority of fat would appear heavier than Nelly.
Emil said on 23/Aug/13
Wasnt he listed 6'1 here once? I might remember very wrong.
[Editor Rob: not here]
Curious said on 4/Jul/13
ludacris is never taller than nelly just as neither of them are over 5'7. I was always baffled by some rappers like nelly who one minute look short then appear taller at awards show. did anyone see the BET awards Nelly looked taller than Jaime fox and ive seen them in pictures before and nelly looks noticeably shorter. Or how Kendrick lamar magically drops in T.Is interview just to make him look taller. I love all of them and honestly could care less about there height but some of the things ppl say on here as far as guessing celebrity heights is just way off. Anybody who wants to be in show business is an egotistical maniac so feeljng inferior in anyway causes them mental syndrome. We should take ludas advice and have one more drink (figuratively).
superman said on 20/Jun/13
hey rob do you think he is taller than ludacris or 5'7.75?
[Editor Rob: they can look pretty similar to each other]
superman said on 20/Jun/13
after seeing pictures wth ludacris he looks to be 1 nch shorter so i think he is really 5'7, because ludacris is a true 5'8 guy. maybe a downgrade to 5'7.5 or 5'7 flat.thanks
superman said on 17/Jun/13
he looked to be .05 to 1' shorter thab T.I. and the samre height as kelly rowland, he cant be over 5'8 he must ne in the stron 5'7 range. thanks, the guy is ripped though maybe that makes him look taller, heard he is real nice. thanks
Joel said on 4/Apr/13
In the video "Dilemma" with Kelly Rowland she is wearing sandals and they look about the same height. Kelly Rowland is 5'7.
lascious said on 20/Mar/13
I've been to nelly's school e.i in missouri and he came in on occaisions. I think honestly the guys like 5.6 1/2 and im a girl 5.7 1/2 and he never looks taller than me. maybe the same height sometimes but never taller. Even so he is sexy as hell, I honestly find (some) short guys attractive like Reggie Bush, and Luda. I would rather be with a man i feel right with than look right with per say. He's definetely not 6 ft and if he is he must've had height surgery since i last seen him.
Paul said on 9/Mar/13
He is 5'7 or 5'8, check him standing next to 5'10 adam sandler in "the longest yard"
Greg said on 24/Jan/13
lol, why is he listed at 6 foot?
Silent d said on 22/Jan/13
No way he is 175pounds. That is over 80kg. He never looked that big. He looked probably about 75kg. He always looked 5 foot 8.
Rocky said on 19/Jan/12
He's probably about 5'7 or 5'8 tops he comes into my job all the time I'm only 5'10 -5'11 tops and I tower over him so....
alex said on 14/Jan/12
Bethany, you are an idiot. I am 6'0. I met him in person. He is 5'6-5'7. No more.
MD said on 7/Dec/11

You are right. Here he is with T.I., who is listed at 5'8" (who I think it shorter):

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He's definitely under 5'8". Perhaps a bit taller than 5'7", but only a little bit.
Alicia said on 6/Dec/11
I am 5'7" and met Nelly in 2006 in Memphis. I was wearing heels at the time which put me at about 5'9 or 5'10". Nelly was definitely shorter than me and standing right next to me. I believe he is no taller than 5'8". He is not 5'9" by any stretch of the imagination. Just like T.I. claiming to be 5'9" - pssh. No he is not. He is about 5'7."
Bethany said on 29/Nov/11
I think Nelly is taller than 5'8, because I'M 5'4 and when I saw him person he looked at least 6'0 and weight maybe 180.
Brad said on 4/Sep/11
Eyewitness told me he was 5' 7.5" in Vegas this week. His 5' 9" claim is a joke.
Dman1528 said on 4/Aug/11
MD said on 24/Jul/11

You want to take another look at this? Here he is with Mario Lopez who you have listed at 5'9" (a height I've been pretty vocal about probably not being true):

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This is at least and inch.
[Editor Rob: it's possible he's dropping an extra half inch, his left shoulder is down a bit lower there]
Dman1528 said on 24/Jul/11
Lil Mano said on 13/Mar/11
He is 5ft8 no more seriously look at this picture of him with Lil Wayne and Lil Wayne is 5ft6.
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anonymous said on 17/Jan/11
i took pics of me and him the last time he was in new york about a year ago and he was my height and I'm 5'8.5" so I'll put in he's no taller than 5'9" at most
Anonymous said on 30/Dec/10
I think Nelly could actually be as low as 5'7.5" because earlier today he was on Extra and was standing next to 5'9" Mario Lopez who had atleast 1.5" inches on Nelly.
bk said on 8/Dec/10
On Leno, he stood side by side with Tom Felton (also listed 5'8.5") but was about an inch shorter. If you watch the clip I.K refers to, there's definitely like 3-3.5 inches between Nelly & Leno.
I.K said on 17/Nov/10
I Just stumbled on something which again proves nelly is just under average
he recently performed at Jay leno show his new song
Go onto youtube and type ' Nelly - "Just A Dream" 11/16 Leno ' Go to the end of the Video.. and you can see the footwear of leno and nelly and Nelly looks 5ft7 - 5ft 8 there and Leno being put as 5ft11 and arguebly 5ft10.. Nelly wears normal shoes now and you can tell his height now Rob.. Check out the video
MD said on 4/Nov/10

I do think he's at least 4" shorter, and that'd make him 5'8" at the very most since Hoppus is never listed over 6'0" (and most often listed at 5'11").

[Editor Rob: he could be that mark]
MD said on 2/Nov/10

Here is a picture of Nelly with Blink 182's Mark Hoppus, who's usually listed around 5'11" (and no taller than 6'0"):

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I know there is a slight lean, but given Mark Hoppus's height, Rob, how tall would you guess Nelly? I'm seeing a bit more than 2.5". I'd shave a bit off this height if I were you. I doubt Nelly actually grew much beyond 5'7". I think he's just saying that.

Yeah, I wonder how much he weighs now, too? He blew up big.

[Editor Rob: he could be 4 inches shorter]
Andre said on 13/Oct/07
I guess he is still 5'7 flat, adding 2inches from his shoes, outsidesole 1 inch and insole 1 inch makes 2 inch makin him 5'9 max
tommyy said on 12/Sep/07
these american rappers where ther pants/trousers low to represent their relatives from about 100 years ago who where slaves and had their belts conviscated by their owners due to them maybe being used as a weapon and so their clothes naturally were baggy
Lmeister said on 12/Jun/07
Guys like Nelly wear the thickest sneakers/boots all the time. For instance Nike Air Force 1 Mids have thick heels. I usually wear Nike Tennis Classic or similar low cut retro sneakers. Last weekend I tried Nike Air Force 1 Mids. While wearing them I looked easily 5'9'' eventhough I am 5'8''. + U can easily add one inch insole.
Brad said on 25/Apr/07
Rocks with cubic zirconia ice. 50Cent said his bling is too clean. Ripped him a new one.
glenn said on 8/Apr/07
why do some of these clowns have their pants falling off their ass?
MD said on 8/Apr/07
He doesn't wear it, anymore. It was originally worn to show support for his brother who was in prison.
prolificaspects001 said on 7/Apr/07
Why does he have a band-aid on his face all the time?
glenn said on 18/Mar/07
im bad at guessing that pic im in my im in my 180s.though i looked way worse in my 180s 12 years weight fluctuates.i was as low as 117 in 1988,5-7.look my best at 160.friends of mine tell me ridiculous weight claims and sometimes its there chicken legs or mega fat thick legs and ass that throws me off in weight.i have muscular legs.nelly must be 165-170? muscle also ways more than fat.
ryan said on 8/Jan/07
i have been almost face to face with nelly and im 5 ft 10 exact accordin to the doc, he not that big he is around 5 f 8, how ever he is pretty built
pimp juice said on 30/Nov/06
when i met nelly in times square at the espn zone, he was like around 5'8 or 5'9 deff
Tanemah said on 22/Sep/06
I meet nelly in hershey pa and im 5'2 i would say he is defnity like 5'9 cuz my mother is 5'8 and he is taller then her
gems said on 14/Sep/06
i met nelly backstage in manchester an i am 5´4 an he is defanetly 4 inches biger than me x
Matt said on 20/Jul/06
I met nelly when he was here in sydney... since I'm right on 5'7 he's no more than 5'8 since he was a little taller than me. He is BIG though lol ripped up
MD said on 8/Jul/06
Editor Rob,

It's time to take the half inch off, now.
Glenn said on 5/Jun/06
He is 5-8.
5'10chick said on 4/Jun/06
he is like 5'9 to 5'10 because kelly rowland is 5'8 and in the "dillema" video she had on like 2 to 3 inch heels and he had on timberlands and they were the same height
ashley hernandez said on 23/May/06
nelly looks to be 5'8' an inche taller then the guy beside him , and nelly is so fine
Ball-A-Hallic said on 21/Apr/06
well also Jake thats with spikes on which gives u like an inch so adam's probally 5'9 and nelly's like 5'8.5
Matt said on 10/Feb/06
In an interview for the movie The Longest Yard (or whatever the recent football movie Nelly was in was called), Nelly comments that he felt tiny among the cast at 5'10", or 5'11 "in Timberlands."

[Editor Rob: yeah, he's growing again...expect him to be 5ft 11 next year barefoot]
Anonymous said on 1/Feb/06
lmao funny pick of Glenn
And yeah nellyville's a solid 5'8.
Ball-A-Hallic said on 28/Jan/06
He looks str8 up 5'8 maybe 5'7.5 cuz he's always wearin AF1s so yea 5'8 i'd say if Glenn's 5'8, he n Nelly look the same.
PRISCILLA said on 19/Jan/06
CoolJ said on 2/Jan/06
Looks 5'8 or so.
Glenn said on 2/Jan/06
your right elio.easier to gauge height at 5-8.
MD said on 1/Jan/06
Viper, I kind of agree. Vanessa Minnillo of MTV is 5'8" in heels, and is a good measure. She was as tall, if not a little taller. I'd still give him 5'8", but nothing more.
elio said on 1/Jan/06
I wonder what these celebrities will think when they see their pics with Glenn posted on here? :) There'll be warning posters all over hollywood with Glenn's pic on.

I think the best thing about all these Glenn pics is that he's around that average height mark. Very easy to see who's standing under average and above average height than in would be if Glenn was 6'2".

[Editor Rob: Tom will be thanking Glenn! So will Sly!]
Viper652 said on 1/Jan/06
Dude looked no more then 5-7 on MTV news year Eve, and that is being generous. I know he is 5-7, but he looked 5-6 in that one long camera shot of him.
J. said on 31/Dec/05
Maybe it's my computer but none of Glenn's photos are appearing.

[Editor Rob: you should be able to see it now...and the other ones]
Glenn said on 30/Dec/05
Im posting more now!Glad you like them!

[Editor Rob: yep, thanks man. Very interesting!]
elio said on 30/Dec/05
I think all the glenn pics should be put together somewhere on this site, they're invaluable!
STL Nunya said on 7/Dec/05
Nelly is No WHERE NEAR 5'10, sorry. Whoever claims to be 5'8 or 5'9 or 5'10 and alleges that Nelly is taller than them either has not seen him standing, up close, or is themself, lying about their own height. Everybody who has seen or who knows Nelly knows he is not a tall guy. If he truly is 5'9 (which is not that tall for a guy anyway) it's with timbs on! (and that still may be pushing it) But I would guess that he looks more like 5'7 1/2-5'8
CoolJ said on 7/Nov/05

Cuz celebrities never lie.. right?
A.D said on 7/Nov/05
he is 5-10 he even said it in a fitness magazine.
Viper652 said on 2/Nov/05
Wow, he does look shorter then 5-9 there. And Ive always questioned Quddus's height of 6-1 as well, crazy.
CoolJ said on 1/Nov/05
Viper: Check out the "Quddus and Nelly" link below..
Viper652 said on 1/Nov/05
Im surprised Nelly is listed at 5-8.5. From looking at pictures he looks a solid 5-9 to me.
Ball-A-Hallic said on 20/Oct/05
U can c in The Longest Yard Chris Rock who says he's 5'11 more like 5'10ish maybe smaller has like 2 inches on Nelly so if Chris is say 5'9.5 or a solid 5'10 then Nelly's like a solid 5'8 maybe brushin the 5'9 mark wit his AF1s on DERRTY.
CoolJ said on 9/Oct/05
That's more like a 4.5-5" difference between Nelly and Quddus.. Quddus could see over his head
angel said on 8/Oct/05
I always thought Nelly was tall but now I've seen this picture with Quddus. I believe that he 5'9''. lol
CoolJ said on 4/Oct/05

Judging from that picture you just posted, I'd say he's less than 5'9.. considering the other guy is 6'1"

[Editor Rob: Q I think is a legit 6ft 1, maybe scraping that 186cm, not a weak 6ft 1er like a 184-5 ;) Nelly can be a weak 5ft 9]
psyched said on 29/Sep/05
I think Nelly looks like 5'11'' close to Kelly Rowland who is I think 5'7''-5'8''. He looks 2 inches taller than her.

[Editor Rob: Nelly is not a millimetre more than what he says he is '5ft 9', and even then there is some doubt he might be rounding up a fraction ;)]
clipse said on 20/Sep/05
I read an article in a magazine about beyonce, she says that she met nelly and he was short. She said he was about 5'6
J. said on 27/Aug/05
Ah hah! At last, the press gets his height in the right range:

'The sports angle appealed to Nelly, too. "When I was little, I thought about playing pro football," he says. "Unfortunately, I just grew to this size." He gestures at his trim 5-foot-8 frame.'

J. said on 27/Aug/05
Nelly comfirms his height:

"I’m not very big. ... I’m about 5-foot-9, 175 pounds. I used to be about 5-foot-7, 150 pounds."

Based on my eyewitness account of seeing Nelly, I take it that he meant to say 'I'm STILL 5-foot-7'. Another example of the 'Add 2 inch' method in action.

[Editor Rob: good find J. At least all those 5ft 10 listings should eventually vanish into thin air...]
MHouillon said on 23/Jul/05
I´d say Nelly is a definitely 5'8.5". Absolutely.
sean said on 2/Jul/05
Just saw tonight show with leno, russell crowe was also on the show, after nelly's performance, handshakes all around. Crowe looked at least an inch shorter than leno, but crowe was at least 2 inches taller than nelly. since leno is probably the most accurately listed among the 3, at 5'11, that puts crowe at 5.9-10, and nelly at 5.7-8. This show is july 1st/2nd.
Ball-A-Hallic said on 20/Jun/05
After c-in parts in THE LONGEST YARD Nell looks about Sandler's height possiblly 5'8.5 if Adam's 5'9.5
Mr. R said on 3/Jun/05
Ricko, NELLY IS LYING! He's barely 5-9 if that!
ricko said on 3/Jun/05
read in a mag.. nelly had said he is a 5'10, n for the first time in 4 years he cld dunk.. have my doubts on him being a full 178cm.. in an mtv with kelly rowland, their height seemed very close..
JS said on 29/May/05
Looks 173cm or so
Mr. R said on 27/May/05
Did anyone see him on Leno's show the other night? He was definitely shorter than Leno. Maybe even 5-9 is too high.
JS said on 27/May/05
Good point Mr. R, the NFL is USUALLY great with listing actual heights. Only on the shortest of players do the listed heights differ up to an inch.
Mr. R said on 21/May/05
Nelly is one of the stars of The Longest Yard, opening next weekend. Maybe we can figure out him, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds , and others. Michael Irvin was definitely 6-2 during his playing days with the Dallas Cowboys. Maybe we can use him as our standard of measurement. But beware the camera angles, and the shoes!
Anonymous said on 20/May/05
On Wire Image, there's a recent thumb of photos of Nelly standing next to Russell Simmons and his wife Kimora Lee. In the photos next to Russell, Nelly is noticably a couple inches shorter. Russell gets listed as 5'8" much of the time yet I peg him at 5'10". So, either way, Nelly is either way, is smaller than 5'9".
Ball-A-Hallic said on 19/May/05
so Quddus is 6'1 ans nelly's 5'9, damn i thought he was at least 5'11
Lmeister said on 18/Apr/05
Either Nelly is really 5'9'' or there is something dodgy about his shoes. Sometimes he really looks almost as tall as PDiddy or what ever U wanna call him and sometimes he looks 2 inches shorter. Also when he is playing football he doesn't look 5'9''(kinda hard to fit lifts inside football shoes), but when he is playing basketball he appears at least 1 inch taller = )
A-Bomb said on 17/Apr/05
I can't stand Nelly, but i did read in an interview with him on the net somewhere, i think maybe at one of the hip hop websites, and Nelly flat out said in it that he was 5'8 1/2" in his sneakers and i thought nah that can't be right they must have heard wrong, but with this guy claiming he saw him upfront it wouldn't surprise me if he is only 5'7" - 5'8".
J. said on 17/Apr/05
Rob, Rob, Rob ... I told you, man, I saw the guy up front and he was 5'7"- 5'8". Nothing more, nothing less.
J. said on 26/Mar/05
Okay, I'm here checking out some photos from this Grammys ceremony ... alright, even though I've seen Nelly up front and I'm certain he was in the 5'7"- 5'8" range, in some of the photos on Getty Images, he's looking 5'9"+, taller than I remember him to be. So, I'm like, "Maybe I underestimated him" BUT ... then I see an intresting photo, of that Sandler moment referenced below and Nelly's a clear 1- 1.5 inch shorter. So, Nelly's 5'8" and a half then? I think that may be more accurate than 5'9". I'm telling you, he was much smaller than I would have imagined back when I saw him nearly three years ...
CelebHeights Editor said on 14/Feb/05
He looked a little bit shorter than Adam Sandler when presenting a Grammy the other night.

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