Happy 80th Birthday, Nina Simone: Her Life In Photos

Happy 80th Birthday, Nina Simone: Her Life In Photos


 Photo: Rene Perez/ AP

Nina Simone would have celebrated her 80th birthday today. The High Priestess of Soul has left an indelible legacy on African American history, and a lasting legacy on music’s vast landscape.

Simone’s deep, powerful vocals gave a voice to the women who were silenced outside of their own home, during a time of racism and unthinkable oppression.

To commemorate her 80th birthday, Sony Legacy Recordings honors Nina Simone as the Artist of the Month, and celebrates her iconic recordings. A music treasure, she’s influenced many of today’s artists, including Alicia Keys:

“I always loved the passion in her voice. She’s inspired me as a composer, a pianist, a singer and as a woman with a voice.”

In celebration of the incomparable, click for photos throughout Nina Simone’s career.

  • kisstheringfool

    Still wondering why the hell would the cast zoe s. To play her.

    • wordtourmother


  • wow

    Those eyes! beautiful

  • Sojourner’s Truth

    Thanks for your talent, beauty and grace. You made me proud to be a sister.

  • NYC Gal

    Happy B day Nina Simone! Will always be one of the greatest! Loves “Nobody’s fault but Mine”.