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Recording Academy Statement on the passing of Nancy Wilson

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The Recording Academy is deeply saddened by the passing of legendary jazz vocalist and torch singer, Nancy Wilson. Nancy was a self-described “song stylist” whose refined vocals contributed to her success as a versatile artist who was able to create unique interpretations of songs that extended beyond the jazz genre. A three-time GRAMMY® winner, she earned her first GRAMMY in the Best Rhythm And Blues Recording category for “How Glad I Am” at the 7th GRAMMY Awards® and went on to win two additional GRAMMYs in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) and Turned To Blue. Nancy’s musical talent and sophisticated style will inspire audiences for years to come. She will be dearly missed, and our sincerest condolences go out to her loved ones at this difficult time.

Neil Portnow
Recording Academ