Nelly Furtado

Singer-songwriter + Record Producer + Musician and Actress
Born Dec 2, 1978

Nelly Kim Furtado is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide and 18 million Singles, bringing her total sales to nearly 40 million records. 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.… Read More

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1978 Birth Furtado was born on December 2, 1978, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. … Read More


1996 17 Years Old 1 More Event
During a visit with her sister Lisa Anne in Toronto, the summer after grade eleven, Furtado met Tallis Newkirk, member of the hip hop group Plains of Fascination. She contributed vocals to their 1996 album, Join the Ranks, on the track "Waitin' 4 The Streets."
1997 18 Years Old In 1997, she performed at the Honey Jam talent show. … Read More


1999 - 2000 3 More Events
2002 23 Years Old 1 More Event
It received four Grammy nominations in 2002, and her debut single won for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. … Read More
Furtado was also featured in "Breath" from Swollen Members' Monsters in the Closet release; the video for "Breath," directed by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, won the 2003 Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Video and MuchVIBE Best Rap Video.
2005 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Eventually in 2005, DreamWorks Records, along with many of its artists, including Furtado, were absorbed into Geffen Records. "Powerless (Say What You Want)" was later remixed into a Spanish version called "Abre Tu Corazón", featuring Juanes, who had previously worked with Furtado on his track "Fotografía".
2006 27 Years Old 1 More Event
The two would collaborate again on "Te Busqué" ("I Searched For You"), a single from Furtado's 2006 album Loose.
On February 16, 2007, Furtado embarked on the "Get Loose Tour".
In late 2008, Furtado collaborated with James Morrison on a song called "Broken Strings" for his album Songs for You, Truths for Me. … Read More


2009 30 Years Old …  She released her first Spanish language album Mi Plan in 2009 which won her a Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. … Read More
Lifestyle, her planned fourth English studio album, was not released during the summer of 2010 in favor a second leg of her Mi Plan Tour.
2011 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Furtado came under fire after 2011 reports from the New York Times and a WikiLeaks document revealed she had accepted payment of one million dollars to perform for the family of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi. … Read More
2013 34 Years Old On July 2, 2013 Furtado performed a new track, the acoustic ballad "Mystery", from her upcoming studio album. … Read More
On February 14, 2016, Furtado performed the Canadian National Anthem at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game which was held in Toronto (this was the second time Furtado had performed at the NBA All-Star Game, also having performed O Canada at the 2004 NBA All-Star Game). … Read More
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