Nelly Furtado's fantastically named debut album "Whoa, Nelly!" (good huh?) was released in October of 2000, but it was 2001 that really saw her expand as an artist with three major singles, "I'm Like A Bird," "Turn Off The Light," and "On The Radio (Remember The Days)" and also saw her receive four Grammy award nominations.

Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado

Although she may share her name with a plaster-wearing rapper, 2001 was pretty much Furtado's year and she succeeded in selling over five million copies of the album worldwide by 2006.

Furtado was a breathe of fresh air compared with all the pop princesses and female solo singers who had taken over the music scene at the beginning of the century, her song-writing ability and instrument diversity caused her to experiment with music and release a totally new female sound for that era.

Nelly Furtado, we salute you!

FemaleFirst - Jennifer Dixon

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