Christina María Aguilera

Christina María Aguilera

|American
date of birth : 18/12/1980 | date of death :
Born on 18-Dec-1980, Staten Island, New York, United States, singer, actress, Songwriter, She was the most popular female singer of the late-'90s teen pop revival. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Aguilera was a technically skilled singer with a genuinely powerful voice, belting out her up-tempo dance numbers and ballads with a diva's panache.

Birth, Birthplace, Time of birth:

Christina Aguilera was born on 18-Dec-1980 in Staten Island, New York, United States.

Father's name: Jim Kearns
Mother's name: Shelly Kearns
Brother: Michael/ Casey
Sister: Rachel/ Stephanie
Spouse: Jordan Bratman
Children: Max LironBratman

Reputation, fame, nickname:

Chrissy/ X-Tina/ Baby Jane/ Candy

Personal Information:

Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Life events:

Early Years

Christina Maria Aguilera was born in 1980, in Staten Island, New York. Her parents divorced when she was young and she lived with her mother, although they moved around quite a bit. As a child, Aguilera aspired to be a singer. She was known locally as "the little girl with the big voice", singing in local talent shows and competitions. At the age of 8, Aguilera won her first talent show performing Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody". On March 15, 1990, she appeared on Star Search singing "A Sunday Kind of Love", but lost the competition at number 2. Soon after losing on Star Search, she returned home and appeared on Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV's Wake Up With Larry Richert to perform the same song. Throughout her youth in Pittsburgh, Aguilera sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, Pittsburgh Steelers football and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games, including during the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals. In 1993, she joined the Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club. Among her co-stars were Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Ryan Gosling. At the age of fourteen, Aguilera recorded her first song, "All I Wanna Do", a hit duet with Japanese singer Keizo Nakanishi. In 1997, she represented the United States at the international Golden Stag Festival with a two-song set. Aguilera entered talent contests on "teen night" at the Pegasus Lounge, a gay and lesbian nightclub in Pittsburgh. In 1998, Aguilera was tapped to sing the song "Reflection" on the soundtrack for the Walt Disney film Mulan. The singer made her debut at the all-female concert festival Lilith Fair the following year, and signed with RCA Records.

Success

Also in 1999, she released her self-titled debut album, a successful record that would go on to sell more than 8 million copies, due in no small part to two big Billboard hits: "Genie in a Bottle" and the No. 1 single "What a Girl Wants." The album earned Aguilera the 2000 Grammy Award for best new artist. The album MiReflejo, released in 2000, was Aguilera's way of emphasising her Latin heritage. The album contained Spanish version of her songs, as well as new Spanish tracks. In 2001, it won her a Latin Grammy for 'Best Female Pop Vocal Album.' The second single "Beautiful" received critical acclaim from music critics and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100; it eventually peaked at number one in numerous countries.The song earned Aguilera the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. After teaming up with Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim on the popular single "Lady Marmalade," Aguilera released her second album, Stripped, in October 2002. As its title suggests, the pop superstar had embarked down a new path. Highly sexualized and more commanding than its predecessors, the album featured a number of hit singles, including "Dirrty," "Beautiful" and "Make Over."In June 2003, Aguilera joined Justin Timberlake on their co-headlining the Justified and Stripped Tour. She then continued touring internationally with The Stripped Tour,which happened as the Justified and Stripped Tour's continuation without Timberlake's act. In November 2003, Aguilera was the host at the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards. During the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City, Aguilera and Britney Spears garnered significant media attention after kissing Madonna during the performance of "Like a Virgin" and "Hollywood" that evening. Later that year, Aguilera was featured on the cover of Maxim, which became its best-selling issue with 2.8 million copies, and topped the magazine's Hot 100 list. As Aguilera began work on her follow-up album in late 2004, she decided to embrace a mature image inspired by Marilyn Monroe, commenting that she "wanted to capture the authenticity of the Old Hollywood glam era."She, along with Ashley Judd, Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese, is credited with reviving the 1920s–40s Hollywood glamour style. Towards the end of the year, she recorded the jingle "Hello (Follow Your Own Star)" for a Mercedes-Benz advertisement, and released a remake of the Rose Royce disco song "Car Wash" with Missy Elliott for the animated film Shark Tale. Aguilera was also featured in "Tilt Ya Head Back" by Nelly and "Somos Novios" by Andrea Bocelli. A cover version of Leon Russell's "A Song for You" with Herbie Hancock earned her a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 2006 ceremony. She performed "When You Wish upon a Star" during the Happiest Homecoming on Earth for the Disneyland Park, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary since its opening. Having begun dating in 2002, Aguilera became engaged to music marketing executive Jordan Bratman in February 2005; the couple married on November 19, 2005, at an estate in Napa County, California. On January 12, 2008, she gave birth to their son, Max Liron Bratman. His name translates to "our greatest song" in Hebrew. Aguilera collaborated with jazz artist Herbie Hancock on a cover of Leon Russell's "A Song for You" recorded for Hancock's album Possibilities, released in August 2005. Aguilera and Hancock were later nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. She helped open the 50th Anniversary for Disneyland performing "When You Wish upon a Star", and she also collaborated with Andrea Bocelli on the song "Somos Novios" for his album Amore. Aguilera's third English studio album, Back to Basics was released August 15, 2006. Aguilera described the double CD as "a throwback to the 20s, 30s, and 40s-style jazz, blues, and feel-good soul music, but with a modern twist." Back to Basics has sold 4.5 million units worldwide, with over 1.7 million sold in the US. In late 2006 Aguilera collaborated with Sean "Diddy" Combs on a track, titled "Tell Me", from his album Press Play. She also began the Back to Basics Tour in Europe followed by a 41-date North American tour in early 2007. After this, she toured Asia and Australia, where it was supposed to end on August 3, however she canceled her dates in Melbourne and her final two in Auckland due to an illness. In 2008, Aguilera appeared in the Martin Scorsese documentary Shine a Light which chronicles a two-day Rolling Stones concert in New York City's Beacon Theatre. The film features Aguilera performing "Live with Me" alongside Mick Jagger. She also had a brief cameo in the comedy film Get Him to the Greek, and appeared as a guest judge on the sixth season of Project Runway on Lifetime. She and designer Bob Mackie were the inspiration for the challenge in which they had to design a stage outfit for Aguilera. To commemorate Aguilera's ten years in the music industry, RCA Records released Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits on November 11, 2008. The greatest hits included her first three number one singles, and other songs released from her previous three albums. "Lady Marmalade" and several Spanish singles from MiReflejo were included in the worldwide releases. The album's only single, "Keeps Gettin' Better", debuted and peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, her highest debut on the chart. Following the greatest hits, Aguilera took over a year hiatus in 2009 to work on her then-upcoming album and film. She was one of Billboard's Top 20 Artists of the Decade in their year-end charts.

Recent Projects

In 2010, Aguilera returned to record stores with Bionic. She experimented with more electronic-edged sound with this album, which featured collaborations with Le Tigre and M.I.A. While Bionic nearly reached the top of the charts, it failed to spawn any major hit singles. That same year, Aguilera made her film debut in the musical Burlesque, co-starring with Cher. Aguilera also contributed several songs to the movie's soundtrack, including "How Do You Burlesque"—a minor hit. While the film was highly anticipated by many, it was ultimately maligned by critics and largely ignored by movie-goers. Aguilera, alongside fellow musicians Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and CeeLo Green, signed on to be coaches on the American version of The Voice. Its first season premiered on April 26, 2011 on NBC, and proved successful for the network. Aguilera was later featured on the track "Moves like Jagger" by Maroon 5, which they performed on the series. It became her fifth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. The song sold over 14 million copies worldwide, establishing itself among the best-selling singles of all time. "Moves like Jagger" marks the first time two former Best New Artist Grammy Award winners have collaborated on a Hot 100 hit. It was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards. At the 2012 ALMA Awards, Aguilera was honored with a Special Achievement Award for her career and charity work. She also recorded her first Spanish-language track in over a decade titled "Casa de Mi Padre", which was released as the title song for the soundtrack and film of the same name.Aguilera collaborated with Cee Lo Green on the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from his album CeeLo's Magic Moment, and with rapper Pitbull on the track "Feel This Moment" from his album Global Warming. "Feel This Moment" reached the top ten in several countries and peaked at number eight in United States, selling over 2 million copies. Around the time she left The Voice, Aguilera released the album Lotus. The record received a lukewarm reception. She fared much better with her 2013 single with singer Pitbull. The pair recorded the hit song, "Feel This Moment," together, which they performed together on the season 4 finalé. Around this time, Aguilera announced that she would be back as a judge for the show's fifth season.

Education:

Attended Marshall Middle School in Wexford, Pennsylvania
Graduated from North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania (1999)

Occupations and Career:

She is a singer and actress. In 1998, Aguilera was selected to record the song “Reflection” for the 1998 Disney animated feature film “Mulan.” After recording “Reflection,” Aguilera signed a recording contract with RCA Records and released her self-titled debut album in August 1999. The album reached the top of the Billboard 200 Albums chart, shipping nine million copies in the U.S. Her singles “Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants” and “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart during 1999 and 2000, and “I Turn to You“ reached #3. In September 2000, seeking a place in that year's Latin pop boom, the part-Ecuadorian Aguilera recorded a Spanish-language album called MiReflejo, learning the lyrics phonetically since she didn't speak Spanish. It was followed quickly by the holiday album My Kind of Christmas; both sold extremely well, a testament to Aguilera's popularity. In the spring of 2001, Aguilera was featured -- along with Pink, Mya, and Lil' Kim -- on the chart-topping blockbuster remake of Patti LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" featured on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. Aguilera was by now a fixture at music industry awards shows; as she enjoyed her celebrity, a collection of old demos -- recorded when she was 14 and 15 -- was released under the title Just Be Free, despite Aguilera's vehement objections. She also released a Christmas album, My Kind of Christmas, on October 24, 2000, and performed its only single, "The Christmas Song", at the White House that year.The song made Aguilera one of three artists to take the song into the top twenty on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified platinum in the United States and sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Her first concert tour, Christina Aguilera in Concert, began in the summer of 2000 in the United States and ended in early 2001, when she toured South America and Asia. An ABC concert special, My Reflection, was released to DVD and certified Gold in the United States. Aguilera was Billboard's top selling female artist of 2000. After becoming displeased with her last two albums, she took control of her image by releasing her fourth album Stripped in 2002, which garnered a successful single “Beautiful.” The album was later supported by the follow-up singles "Fighter", "Can't Hold Us Down", and "The Voice Within" over the following two years. Stripped d ebuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 330,000 copies. Stripped has sold 12 million copies worldwide and 4.3 million copies in the US alone. Aguilera's fifth English studio album, “Back to Basics,” released in August 2006, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. The album yielded three commercial singles, the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit, “Ain't No Other Man,” the European #1 hit “Hurt” and “Candyman.” At the 49th Grammy Awards, Aguilera again won the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Ain't No Other Man.” Four years later, she released her next album Bionic in 2010, which incorporated a mix of R&B, electro pop, and synthpop. The album had mixed reviews and ended up becoming her lowest selling album. She made her feature film debut in the film Burlesque (2010), earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. She is currently one of the judges/mentors in the NBC singing competition The Voice.

Awards /Honors:

  • Aguilera has won 76 awards over 226 nominations to date. Her awards include:
  • ALMA Awards
  • American Music Awards
  • ASCAP Pop Awards
  • Billboard Awards
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
  • BMI Awards
  • Brit Awards
  • Channel V Thailand Music Video Awards
  • Echo Awards
  • GLAAD Media Awards
  • Golden Globe Awards
  • Grammy Awards
  • International Dance Music Awards
  • Ivor Novello Awards
  • Japan Gold Disk Awards
  • Juno Awards
  • Latin Grammy Awards
  • MOBO Awards
  • MSN Entertainment Awards
  • MTV Awards
  • MuchMusic Video Awards
  • MVPA Video Awards
  • My VH1 Music Awards
  • Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
  • NRJ Music Awards
  • People's Choice Awards
  • Premios 40 Principales
  • Premios Juventud
  • Premios Lo Nuestro
  • Q Awards
  • Radio Music Awards
  • Teen Choice Awards
  • TMF Awards
  • Top of the Pops Awards
  • TRL Awards — Italy
  • Virgin Media Music Awards
  • World Music Awards
  • YoungStar Awards

Works:

DISCOGRAPHY

  • Christina Aguilera (1999)
  • MiReflejo (2000)
  • My Kind of Christmas (2000)
  • Stripped (2002)
  • Back to Basics (2006)
  • Bionic (2010)
  • Lotus (2012)

FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR

  • Bettie Page Reveals All (8-Sep-2012) • Herself
  • Burlesque (24-Nov-2010) • Ali
  • Get Him to the Greek (4-Jun-2010) • Herself
  • Shine a Light (7-Feb-2008) • Herself

Hobbies and personal interests:

Baseball , Board Games , Dancing ,Fashion , Hanging With Friends , Listening to Music , Shopping , Singing , Watching Movies, Writing

Quotes and Memoirs:

Basically, what I'm saying is there is nothing fake about what I do. I'm up-front, I'm real, I'm honest and I'm open with my feelings.
It's been quite a roller coaster ride, but I've grown and learned a lot about myself. The greatest thing is being able to interact with fans and touch people's lives... for that I give thanks.
Right now I'm pretty single... My career is my boyfriend.
I'm not a judgmental person, so I can't comment on someone else's background.
My parent's divorce and hard times at school, all those things combined to mold me, to make me grow up quicker. And it gave me the drive to pursue my dreams that I wouldn't necessarily have had otherwise.
I have fun being sexy and tough at the same time.
So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?
What is it in us that make us feel the need to keep pretending... we gotta let ourselves be.
I'm an ocean, because I'm really deep. If you search deep enough you can find rare exotic treasures.
It's definitely a dream come true to be recognized and to be able to sign autographs. But, it's also a lot of hard work and can be draining. If you don't know already, you will quickly learn who your real friends are.
I do reinvent old hits of mine and sort of give them a new life.
I'm content with life, and I'm finally at that place where I feel relaxed and can really enjoy what's going on around me.
I always wanted to have my own album released before I graduated from high school.
I love doing normal things - movies, shopping, going out with friends, writing, reading, taking hot bubble baths - that's a big one for relaxation. I also love to go to art and history museums.
I'm a bit of a night owl because that's when I feel the most creative and alive.
I'm not really religious but very spiritual. I give money to this company that manufactures hearing aids on a regular basis. More people should really hear me sing. I have a gift from God.
I went through my first big breakup, with a boyfriend who I had been with for more than two years. He had been one of my dancers, and it was my first love and his.
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