The Awkward First Meeting of Ashanti and Nelly
In the early 2000s, Ashanti and Nelly exploded onto the scene as two of the hottest young R&B artists in the industry.
They began dating and enjoyed a long-term romance that lasted more than a decade.
However, when they initially met, it didn’t appear that a relationship was in their future.
Ashanti and Nelly were two of the most popular R&B singers.
In 2000, Nelly’s breakthrough hit “Country Grammar (Hot S—)” nearly overnight made him a household name. That same year, he released his debut album of the same name, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the few hip-hop albums in history to receive Diamond certification.