Nelly Kim Furtado ( born December 2, 1978) is a Canadian singer and songwriter.
The Spirit Indestructible
Furtado first gained fame with her debut album Whoa, Nelly! (2000), a critical and commercial success that spawned two top 10 singles; “I’m Like a Bird” and “Turn Off the Light”. The first single won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 2003 she released her second album Folklore and was preceded by the lead single “Powerless (Say What You Want)”. Furtado’s third album Loose (2006) became her best selling album with 12 million copies sold worldwide. The album spawned four successful number one singles; “Promiscuous”, “Maneater”, “Say It Right” and “All Good Things (Come to an End)”. She released her first Spanish language album Mi Plan in 2009 which won her a Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. In 2012 Furtado released her fifth album The Spirit Indestructible.
over 40 million records
Billboard Music Award
MTV Europe Music Award
Furtado has sold over 40 million records worldwide, making her one of the most successful Canadian artists. She has won several awards throughout her career including; one Grammy Award from seven nominations, one Latin Grammy Award, ten Juno Awards, one BRIT Award, one Billboard Music Award, one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award and three Much Music Video Awards. Furtado has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and was awarded Commander of the Order of Prince Henry on February 28, 2014 in Toronto by Aníbal Cavaco Silva, the former President of Portugal.
NBA All-Star Game
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). That same month, she also began teasing new music via social media, suggesting that the album would have a connection to Dallas, Texas, where much of the album was recorded. In 2016, Furtado collaborated with Dev Hynes on the track “Hadron Collider”. The track appears on Hynes’ album Freetown Sound.
“Behind Your Back”
In July 2016, Furtado released “Behind Your Back” exclusively on Spotify, describing the song as an “appetiser” for her upcoming album. Following the release, in an interview with CBC Player, Furtado stated that her album is finished and she has recorded 16 songs with John Congleton, but the album will contain 12. On September 8, 2016, Furtado confirmed the title of the upcoming album, The Ride (2017), which is slated for release in March 2017. During the interview she also confirmed a new track off the album titled “Islands of Me”, which was released on streaming services on September 10, 2016. The albums lead single “Pipe Dreams” was released to SoundCloud on November 8, 2016 with the release accompanied by a short teaser video of the album on YouTube.