R. Kelly
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R. Kelly

For his show Thursday at the Nokia Theatre, Kelly, on his first tour since his 2008 trial, delivered as much of his catalog as he could in his 90-minute set, combining many songs into medleys. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
The R&B singer performed on a red carpet set on stage between two cordoned off groups of female fans. The carpet gave Kelly some trouble, leading to his extemporaneously singing, “Move this rug.” (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
R&B performer R Kelly plays the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday night, Nov. 5, 2009.  (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)
Fans stream into the Nokia to see R. Kelly on Thursday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Kelly lifts a hand up. At one point in the show, he mixed his ballad “I Believe I Can Fly” with Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It.” (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)