Internationally-known recording artist and actress Vanessa Williams will be performing the national anthem before the Bills host the Patriots on Sunday, September 20. Williams grew up in downstate New York but has strong Buffalo ties through her mother and her new husband Jim Skrip, both Western New York natives. Williams and Skrip married in July in downtown Buffalo.
Having sold over 25 million records worldwide, Vanessa is one of just a few artists to score #1 and Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Album and Singles charts in the combined areas of Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz – the latter is where her latest release, “The Real Thing,” debuted at #1 in June of 2009.
Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliation including 4 Emmy nominations, 17 Grammy nominations (of which 11 were for her individually), a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards, 3 Satellite Awards and ultimately a Golden Globe, Grammy and an Oscar for Best Original Song for her platinum single “Colors of the Wind,” from the Disney film Pocahontas.
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