Kelendria Trene “Kelly” Rowland is an American recording artist, actress, dancer, songwriter and model who rose to fame as one of the founding members of the American girl group Destiny’s Child. She has sold around forty million albums and twenty million singles with the group, and more than four million solo albums and eighteen million solo/featured singles. In total she has sold 82 million records worldwide.
Rowland began her solo career in 2002 with the release of her debut album Simply Deep, which contained influences of alternative-R&B and rock music. It included her joint worldwide number-one single “Dilemma” with rapper Nelly, as well as subsequent singles “Stole”, “Can’t Nobody” and “Train on a Track”. Following the group’s disbandment in 2005, Rowland released her second solo album Ms. Kelly in 2007. Considerably less successful than its predecessor, the album produced the hit singles “Like This” and “Work”. In 2009, Rowland scored her second number-one hit with French DJ David Guetta on his single, “When Love Takes Over”. The song earned her a second Grammy Award as a solo artist, and resulted into their 2010 joint single “Commander”. This was Rowland’s third number-one hit on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart and first offering from her third album Here I Am. In 2011, Rowland’s single “Motivation” featuring Lil Wayne reached number-one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
Apart from her work in music, Rowland has also launched a career in film and television. In 2002, she made her debut with guest stints on sitcom series such as The Hughleys and Taina, prior to appearing in the big-screen movies like the horror film Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and the romantic comedy The Seat Filler (2004). In 2009, she served as the host of the first season of the Bravo competition series The Fashion Show alongside Isaac Mizrahi. In 2011, Rowland joined the judging panel on the eighth series of the British reality television competition The X Factor.