Nelly Furtado Poster

Trivia (34)

Played eight dates on "The Village Stage" at Lilith Fair.

Formed (and an ex-member of) trip-hop group Nelstar.

Learned to play trombone and ukulele at age nine, keyboards at age 11 and began composing at age 13.

Is Canadian of Portuguese descent from the Azores.

Speaks Portuguese fluently.

Sang a Hindi song named Kabhi Kabhie.

Voted one of the "Fun and Fearless Females" by Cosmopolitan Magazine (2002).

Won "Best Pop Vocal, Female" Grammy for her song "I'm Like a Bird" (2002).

Daughter Nevis (named after the island on which she was conceived in the Kingdom of Saint Christopher and Nevis) Chetan Gahunia (b. Toronto, East York County, Etobicoke County, North York County, Old Toronto County, Scarborough County or York County, Ontario, 20 September 2003) to Nelly Kim Neto Furtado and then boyfriend Jasper Gahunia (aka DJ Lil' Jaz).

Second album "Folklore" released. [November 2003]

Parents are Maria Manuela Neto and husband António José Furtado. Has a sister, Lisa Anne Neto Furtado, and a brother, Michael Anthony Neto Furtado.

Her song "Força", in which she sang in both English and Portuguese, was the official theme of the Euro 2004 (European Soccer Football Championships) organized in Portugal, in which Championship reached the second place.

Ranked #58 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" (2002).

Perhaps as a nod to her diverse influences, she was invited to open for U2 and perform on Moby's Area: One Tour alongside the techno-rocker.

She also scored some awards for her work, including Canadian Juno Awards for Best New Solo Artist and Best Songwriter in 2001 and a Grammy in 2002 for Best Female Pop Performance for "I'm Like a Bird".

Graduated from Mount Douglas Secondary School in Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia.

Was a heavy smoker during her teenage years.

Fan of Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue.

Her third album "Loose" was released in June 2006 and reached #1 in the American, Canadian and German charts. Four lead singles were released in four different regions of the World, and the "European" song "Maneater" became her first #1 in the British single charts.

Her parents named her after Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim.

Hosted the Juno Awards on 1 April 2007 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Her father was a stonemason originally from the Azores, Portugal. He couldn't speak English when he first came to Canada.

Her mother was a motel cleaner originally from the Azores, Portugal. She couldn't speak English when she first came to Canada.

Ranked #26 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.

According to an MTV interview, she self-taught herself how to sing by listening to Mariah Carey albums.

Engaged to sound engineer Demacio 'Demo' Castellon [July 6, 2007].

Ranked #49 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

Prepared her third album "Loose" for Spring 2k6. Has a role in the film "Nobody's Hero". [December 2005]

Come-back song from her new album "Loose": "Man-Eater" reaches N.r 1 in the British Charts. [June 2006]

Released second song from her new album "Promiscuous" with Timbaland. [August 2006]

Announced her 2007 World Tour, which started in Canada. [2006]

She was to star opposite Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan in the 2006 award wining film "Rang De Basanti" ("Paint it Yellow"). She declined the offer as she was very busy with her musical career.

Commander of the Order of Prince Henry of Portugal (11 February 2014).

Holds both Citizenships, Canadian and Portuguese.