[[caption-width-right:262:''Como uma força, como uma força...'']]
->''They say that girl ya know she act too tough tough tough,\\
Well it's 'til I turn off the light, turn off the light,\\
They say that girl you know she act so rough rough rough,\\
Well it's 'til I turn off the light, turn off the light,\\
And I say follow me follow me follow me down down down down,\\
'Til you see all my dreams,\\
Not everything in this magical world is quite what it seems.''
-->"Turn Off The Light"

Nelly Kim Furtado (born December 2, 1978) is a Portuguese-Canadian recording artist, songwriter, record producer and actress. Her folk-pop debut album, ''Whoa Nelly!'' spawned hits such as "I'm Like a Bird", "Turn Off the Light" and "Shit on the Radio (Remember the Days)". Her second album based on the folk-pop template, ''Folklore'', [[SophomoreSlump didn't do as well]], sparking a change of direction musically.

In 2006 she released the controversial ''Loose'', which was produced by Timbaland. While ''Loose'' has been her most successful release to date, spawning rave reviews and receiving Gold and Platinum accreditations worldwide, Furtado also received criticism for "selling out" and sexing up her image to sell records.

In 2009 Furtado released ''Mi Plan'', a Latin rock album recorded entirely in Spanish. This was also a success (though not the worldwide smash ''Loose'' was), going Platinum in the US and charting in many European countries. A GreatestHitsAlbum was released the next year.

Her fifth studio album, ''The Spirit Indestructible'', was released in September 2012.
* ''Whoa, Nelly!'' (2000)
* ''Folklore'' (2004)
* ''[[HotterAndSexier Loose]]'' (2006)
* ''Mi Plan'' (2009)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum The Best of Nelly Furtado]]''
* ''The Spirit Indestructible'' (2012)
* ''The Ride'' (2017)
* AgeProgressionSong: "Explode".
* AWildRapperAppears: "Afraid" and the remix of "Do It" both feature gratuitous rap verses.
* BareYourMidriff: Does this in a few of her videos, going all the way back to "I'm Like a Bird". Both covers for "Whoa, Nelly!" feature this, as does the PAL cover of "Loose".
* BeYourself: "Powerless (Say What You Want)", "Shit on the Radio", "Afraid", "Spirit Indestructible".
* BreakUpSong: "All Good Things (Come To An End)"
* ButNotTooBlack: "Powerless (Say What You Want)" opens with a criticism on how she was treated with this.
* {{Corpsing}}: Featured in both "Saturdays" and the chatter preceding "Big Hoops (The Bigger The Better)" (as it tries to incorporate the whole conversation that happened once the song was shown to her manager, leading Nelly to laugh).
* GenreRoulette: She's dabbled in {{pop}}, rock, folk, [[RAndB R&B]], HipHop, SynthPop, Trip hop, Latin pop and world music.
* GenreThrowback: In ''The Spirit Undestructible'' she tries to go back to rap and R&B of TheNineties, specially as Rodney Jerkins is one of the producers.
* GoldDigger / HelloNurse: The title character of "Maneater".
* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Portuguese]]: Given her ascendence, she is fluent in Portuguese. It shows in "Força", and the cover of Brazilian song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzK46Aog9yM "Sozinho"]].
* GratuitousSpanish: In ''Loose'' and the entirety of ''Mi Plan''.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: "Try" opens with one, taken from the sonogram of Nelly's daughter Mavis.
* HotterAndSexier: ''Loose''. Both the album itself and its corresponding era.
* InnocentInnuendo: "Big Hoops (The Bigger the Better)" has the phrase "the bigger the better" proeminently... but as the title shows, it refers to earrings.
* IntercourseWithYou: ''Loose'' has plenty of it: "Do It", "Promiscuous", "Maneater"...
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: "Shit on the Radio (Remember the Days)". The censored title omits the first word.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Loose'' marked a radical change from her previous towards an R&B-crunk direction, with some people comparing her to Gwen Stefani. ''Mi Plan'' was a throwback to her folk-rock roots but really leant more towards traditional Latin rock with some dance-pop thrown in for good measure. ''The Spirit Indestructible'' is more focused on world music.
* PunBasedTitle: ''Whoa, N̶e̶l̶l̶i̶e̶ [[http://truewest.ning.com/profiles/blogs/whoa-nellie-who-knows-the Nelly]]!''
* ReadyForLovemaking: The two characters of "Promiscuous".
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Her speaking voice is pretty much your typical young woman's voice, not really very high or low, no major accent present. Her singing voice? Sharp, nasal, a bit shrill, and accent in full force. However, her softer singing moments aren't QUITE as jarring, but they're still a little surprising.
** Her second language is also shocking, given her English doesn't sound that Canadian, but her Portuguese is akin to a Lisbon native.
* ThirdPersonPerson: "Maneater".
* SpicyLatina: Subverted. She acts like a Latin American but she's actually Portuguese-Canadian.
* StudioChatter: There's some practically before and after every song in ''Loose'' and ''The Spirit Indestructible''. This is used to convey the "relaxed" nature of the album.