Nelly Furtado

Born 2 December 1978.
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Nelly Kim Furtado (born December 2, 1978) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide and more than 20 million singles, bringing her total sales to over 40 million records around the world. Furtado first gained fame with her debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, which spawned two successful singles, "I'm Like a Bird" and "Turn Off the Light". "I'm Like A Bird" won a 2001 Juno Award for Single of the Year and a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 2003, Furtado released Folklore, which produced three international singles— "Powerless (Say What You Want)", "Try" and "Força". Three years later she released Loose, a worldwide commercial success with 10 million copies sold. The album spawned four number-one hits: "Promiscuous", "Maneater", "Say It Right" and "All Good Things (Come to an End)". After a three-year break, she released her first full-length Spanish album, Mi Plan, and Furtado received a Latin Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. In 2012, Furtado's fourth English-language studio album, The Spirit Indestructible, was released. Furtado's work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including 2 Grammy Awards, 10 Juno Awards, 3 MuchMusic Video Awards and a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. Furtado was awarded "Commander of the Order of Prince Henry" on February 28, 2014, in Toronto, by the President of the Portuguese Republic.

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  1. Review of The Best of Nelly Furtado

    The Best of Nelly Furtado 2010

    Reviewed by Al Fox
    Turns out that I’m Like a Bird was something of a red herring…
  2. Review of Mi Plan

    Mi Plan 2009

    Reviewed by Paul Lester
    First Spanish album from Portuguese-Canadian songbird.
  3. Review of Loose

    Loose 2006

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    With equal measures of nice and nasty girl Nel, haters of 'I'm Like A Bird' should...
  4. Review of Folklore

    Folklore 2003

    Reviewed by Suzanne Hutson
    Here is something really rather special; Nelly exploring the capabilities of her voice...
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