Nielson, the stage name of Niels Littooij, is a Dutch singer-songwriter. Nielson went to the Herman Brood Academie in Utrecht, where he specialized in rap. In 2008, he won the preliminaries of Kunstbende in Rotterdam with a rap-act. In 2012 he appeared in the Dutch television show De beste singer-songwriter by VARA, BNN and 3FM. He did not win the contest, but scored a hit with his self-written song Beauty en de Brains.