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Vanessa Williams, Global Ambassador

Recording Artist and Actress

Vanessa Williams

About Vanessa

Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today.

Having sold over 25 million records worldwide, Vanessa is one of just a few artists to score #1 and Top 10 hits on Billboard's Album and Singles charts in the combined areas of Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz - the latter is where her latest release, "The Real Thing," debuted at #1 in June of 2009.

Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliation including 4 Emmy nominations, 17 Grammy nominations (of which 11 were for her individually), a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 6 NAACP Image Awards, 3 Satellite Awards and ultimately a Golden Globe, Grammy and an Oscar for Best Original Song for her platinum single "Colors of the Wind," from the Disney film Pocahontas.

Vanessa also achieved a career pinnacle with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Her autobiography, "You Have No Idea," co-written with her mother Helen Williams, was a New York Times Best Seller in 2012. Vanessa returns to Broadway this spring starring along side Cicely Tyson and Cuba Gooding, Jr in "Trip To Bountiful."

A strong advocate for equal rights, especially concerning the gay community and minorities, Vanessa recently received the Human Rights Campaign "Ally for Equality" Award for her humanitarian contributions.  

Vanessa is the mother of four - Melanie, Jillian, Devin and Sasha and divides her time between homes in Los Angeles and New York.  Her charitable endeavors are many and varied, embracing and supporting such organizations as Special Olympics and several others.                                         



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