There is more than one artist by this name:
1) Vanessa L. Williams - American singer and actress.
2) Vanessa R. Williams - American gospel music singer. 1) Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American R&B/pop/theatrical singer and actress. In 1983, Williams made history when she became the first woman of known African descent to be crowned Miss America. Her regime as Miss America came to an early and abrupt end when she resigned her title in scandal. However, she has since gone on to a successful entertainment career.