Throughout her more than 50-year career, Wilson released more than 70 albums, which showcased the versatility of her voice. The multiplatinum artist received three Grammy Awards and became known as a “song stylist.”
“Nancy Wilson – a voice, and a presence, for the ages. Thank you Ms. Wilson. Rest In Peace.” —Eric Holder
Wilson frequently made appearances on TV series, including The Cosby Show and Sinbad. She even hosted an eponymous Emmy-winning variety show in the 1970s.
She touched many hearts, and prominent figures across many industries showed their respect for Wilson, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Pointer Sisters and RuPaul.
Check out their tweets below.
My soul mourns the loss of my dear friend #NancyWilson. She was such a beautiful person & songstress that the world of jazz will forever miss. Her polished vocals & style was unmatched as the #SongStylist. I will miss her dearly as a friend & mentor. RIP Nancy 💜 pic.twitter.com/u9vhy5mTC3
— C H A K A | K H A N (@ChakaKhan) December 14, 2018
— The Pointer Sisters (@PointerOfficial) December 14, 2018
So sad to hear about the passing of the great Nancy Wilson. She was a magical performer. I'm so glad I was able to spend time with her and hear her beautiful voice in person.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 14, 2018
— ledisi (@ledisi) December 14, 2018
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) December 14, 2018
RIP Nancy Wilson….I remember meeting you while I was a student at Juilliard. You had no idea how it impacted me. What a talent you were! Your beauty, grace, and smile….Heaven is rejoicing. pic.twitter.com/63Q4MY4zY8
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) December 14, 2018
Nancy Wilson – a voice, and a presence, for the ages. Thank you Ms. Wilson. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/LFViELSz7b
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) December 14, 2018
“I have a gift for telling stories, making them seem larger than life,” she told The Los Angeles Times in 1993. “I love the vignette, the plays within the song.” https://t.co/RL1MdTpPni
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 14, 2018
She sang for us until the stars twinkled into the heavens. She marched for us. She spoke for us. We will always remember Grammy- winning songstress #NancyWilson , a woman of immense dignity. RIP pic.twitter.com/eKFBuruEx8
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) December 14, 2018
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