Vanessa L. Williams' Top Ten Hits

Vanessa Williams celebrates 53rd birthday on March 18, 2016

Born March 18, 1963 in Millwood, New York, Vanessa L. Williams became the first African-American Miss America on September 17, 1983. Williams is one of the most versatile female vocalists, achieving success on the pop, R&B, and dance charts, and recording the Academy Award winning song, "Colors Of The Wind" from Pocahontas. She has received eleven Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Save The Best For Last." Her numerous honors include five NAACP Image Awards, a Billboard Music Award, Teen Choice Award, Soul Train Lena Horne Lifetime Achievement Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Williams has also enjoyed a very successful acting and theater career, starring on Broadway,on television, and on the big screen. Her movie credits include Eraser, Soul Food, and Shaft. On television, she starred in Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, 666 Park Avenue, and South Beach. For her latest TV role, she will star in the VH1 series Satan Sisters based on a book by Star Jones from The View. During her outstanding recording career, Williams has collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Tony Bennett, and Brian McKnight.

She celebrated her 53rd birthday (March 18, 2016) by launching her first fashion line, V. by Vanessa Williams

Here is a list of "Vanessa L. Williams' Top Ten Hits."

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1995 - "Colors of the Wind"

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On March 27, 1995, "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas, recorded by Vanessa L. Williams, won an Oscar for Best Original Song at the 67th Academy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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1992 - "Save The Best For Last"

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Vanessa L. Williams' "Save The Best For Last" was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards which were presented on February 24, 1993 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The song was recorded for her second album, The Comfort Zone. It was certified gold and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B, and Adult Contemporary charts.

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1988 - "Dreamin'"

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Vanessa L. Williams was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Dreamin'" at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards which were presented February 21, 1990 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. It was certified gold and hit number one on the Billboard R&B chart. The song was the third single from her debut album, The Right Stuff.

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1993 - "Love Is"

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Vanessa L. Williams and Brian McKnight were nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Love Is" at the 35th annual Grammy Awards which were presented on February 24, 1993 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The single originally appeared on the soundtrack for the television drama series, Beverly Hills, 90210. It reached number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

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1991 - "Running Back to You"

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"Running Back to You," from Vanessa L. Williams' second album, The Comfort Zone, was nominated for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance at the 34th annual Grammy Awards which were presented on February 25, 1992 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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1988 - The Right Stuff"

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Vanessa L. Williams launched her recording career in 1988 with her debut single which was the title tune of her first album, The Right Stuff. It was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 31st Annual Grammy Awards which were presented on February 22, 1989 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

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1991 - "The Comfort Zone"

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The title tune of Vanessa L. Williams' second album, The Comfort Zone, was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 35th annual Grammy Awards in 1993.

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1995 -"The Way That You Love"

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"The Way That You Love," from Vanessa L. Williams' third album, The Sweetest Days, was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 37th Annual Grammy Awards which were presented on March 1, 1995 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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1992 - "Work To Do"

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Vanessa L. Williams re-recorded The Isley Brothers classic "Work To Do," featuring Dres of Black Sheep, for her 1992 second album, The Comfort Zone. The song reached number three on the Billboard R&B chart.

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1988 - "He's Got (The Look)"

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"He's Got (The Look)" was the second single from Vanessa L. Williams' 1988 debut album, The Right Stiff. It reached number ten on the Billboard R&B chart.