Nancy Wilson (born February 20, 1937) is an American singer with
seventy-plus albums, and three Grammy Awards so far in her career.
She's been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, cabaret and pop; a
"consummate actress"; and "the complete entertainer." The title she
prefers, however, is song stylist. She has received many
nicknames--"Sweet Nancy, The Baby" and the "Fancy Miss Nancy" are
only two of them.
Wilson was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts,
NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships award in 2004, the highest honors that
the United States government bestows upon jazz musicians. The 2004
NAACP Image Awards for Best Recording Jazz Artist. In 2005, the
UNCF Trumpet Award celebrating African-American achievement, a
Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP in Chicago, and Oprah
Winfrey's Legends Award.
In September, 2005 Nancy was inducted on the International Civil
Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National
Historic Site. Wilson was a major figure in civil rights marches of
the 1960s. Nancy Wilson said, "This award means more to me than
anything else I have ever received."