Nelly performed Sunday with Florida Georgia Line at the Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheater.
Backstage, after the show, Nelly shared the secret to having a long career.
"Versatility," said Nelly. "You have to be versatile in this business because there is a constant change in this business. If you don't change or try to adapt – not really compromise yourself but just adapt. We all make mistakes, we all try new things, some work, some don’t. You just have to be willing to take those chances."
Check out the video for more from Nelly about why the audience at the Teen Choice Awards is so honest, and some tidbits from Olympic Medalist Gabby Douglas on what she plans to do with her Teen Choice Award surfboard.