Shameless Idealists: Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado is well know globally her for her Grammy® Award-winning songs and #1 hits, but she’s also a Free The Children ambassador.

Find out what this award-winning singer and songwriter’s earliest memories of music are, what led her to sound experimentation and how she developed a passion for helping youth through Free the Children charity programs.

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Nelly Furtado is a JUNO and Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter who recently released her fifth album, The Spirit Indestructible. She is also a Free The Children ambassador. Having travelled to Kenya and seen first-hand the life-changing effect that education has on girls in developing communities, Nelly launched a matching fund to support the construction of a new all girls high school in Kenya, called Oleleshwa. As a result, hundreds of students in Kenya will benefit from an education.


Watch Nelly’s episode of Shameless Idealists where she recounts her rise to stardom and her passion for giving back.


Native American Music Awards honors Nelly Furtado

Friday’s 14th annual Native American Music Awards celebrated the accomplishments of star performers Nelly Furtado, Rickey Medlocke and Tony Duncan. The event, held inside the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Events Center, honored native musicians in 30 distinct categories.

Furtado, who surprised attendees with a live performance, received the Living Legend Award during the event for her leadership and contributions toward the advancement of Native American culture.

Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado to receive Living Legend Award

Nelly Furtado will receive the Living Legend Award during the event for her leadership and contributions toward the advancement of Native American culture. For her single “Big Hoops” from her current album “The Spirit Indestructible,” she featured Native American hoop dancer Tony Duncan in the music video, and the two have performed together throughout the past year for MTV’s Video Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, “The Tonight Show” and more. Furtado has sold 20 million albums worldwide, won two Grammy Awards and 10 Juno Awards, and has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.


The 14th Annual Native American Music Awards was originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30, but was postponed until Friday, May 10. “Superstorm” Sandy completely destroyed the home of the award show’s president and founder, Ellen Bello – which nearly led to a full cancellation of the event. Bello believes this year’s program is “better than ever” and a “testament to all who support Native American music.”

Limited tickets for Friday’s event are available at Seneca Casino box offices and

The Seneca Niagara Events Center will be at half-size – 1,200 seats – to provide audience members a closer connection to presenters, awardees and performers.

To learn more about the Native American Music Awards, visit