Actress and Singer, Black Theatre United
Vanessa Williams is a respected and multi-faceted performer who has sold millions of records worldwide. She has achieved numerous #1 hit singles and top-performing songs across genres such as pop, dance, r&b, adult contemporary, holiday, Latin, gospel and jazz.
Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, and on the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliate. Williams has received 11 Grammy nominations, one Tony nomination, four Emmy nominations, three SAG Award nominations, and seven NAACP Image Awards. Her platinum single, "Colors of the Wind" from the animated film Pocahontas, won the Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe for Best Original Song. In 2007, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Williams is an advocate for equal rights, especially concerning the gay community and minorities. The Human Rights Campaign presented her with their “Ally for Equality” Award for her humanitarian contributions.