Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Christina María Aguilera

Born December 18, 1980
Christina María Aguilera is an American Pop/R&B singer and songwriter. Aguilera first appeared on national television in 1990 as a contestant on the Star Search program, and went on to star in Disney Channel's television series
"I want a bad boy in public, and a pussy cat at home."

"Maybe best pop
female vocal, I am kind of keeping my fingers crossed but you never know what is going on behind the scenes, but good bums come in all shapes and sizes"

"I wasn`t expecting it [Grammy]... I`m such a newcomer among all these people. "

"I feel so fortunate to be 22 right now and having three [grammy awards] under my belt, which is amazing. "

"I want to have something that`s different to the way I`ve been portrayed. I admire Angelina Jolie - she acts tough but is still sexy. "

"[about Eminem`s lyrics in "The Real Slim Shady" which contained sexual references about her] It`s disgusting and offensive and above all it`s not true. "

"I wouldn`t feel comfortable wearing clothes that covered my entire body. "

"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 think that whatever size or shape body you have, it`s important to embrace
it and get down! The female body is something that`s so beautiful. I wish women would be proud of their bodies and not dis other women for being proud of theirs! "
- Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera likes to think of herself as sexy -- and her former Stripped image certainly reflected that. But being sexy is not only about wearing revealing clothes, it's about attitude and personality -- traits often associated with maturity and life experience.

Like any young lady, however, Christina did experience a burst of maturity and left that raunchy "Dirrty" image behind. She reemerged in 2006 a newlywed and a more refined singer and performer with Back to Basics. With classier clothes to show off her curves and less makeup to let her true beauty peek through, Christina matured from an overly sexualized teen, to a jaw-dropping sexy woman.

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.According to VH1's Driven, whenever competitors learned they would be up against her in any given week, they would immediately withdraw, prompting insiders to claim it was "like sending a lamb to the slaughter." Her peers soon became jealous of her and would frequently subject her to ridicule, ostracism, and, in one gym class, attempted assault. Acts of vandalism around her house included the slashing of the tires on the family car. Eventually, the family relocated to another suburb in the Pittsburgh area (this time, Wexford) and took to secrecy about Aguilera's talent lest another backlash occur. She attended Marshall Middle School near Wexford and North Allegheny Senior High School until she was later home-schooled.

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. People remarked that the then ten-year-old "sounded 20."

Throughout her youth in Pittsburgh, Aguilera sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, Pittsburgh Steelers football and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games. Her first major role in entertainment came in 1993 when she joined the Disney Channel's variety show The New Mickey Mouse Club. Her co-stars included Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, and Keri Russell, the show lasted another year until its cancellation. According to the documentary Driven, Aguilera's co-stars called her "the Diva". One of her most notable performances was of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing".

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 "Golden Stag" International Festival with a two-song set.

In 1998, Aguilera sang the High "E" in full voice (and again on the Candyman song from her Back To Basics album for a full 8 seconds) (E5) on a cover of Whitney Houston's "Run to You" which she recorded with a tape recorder in her bathroom. She was then selected to record the song "Reflection" for the Disney production of Mulan (1998). Recording "Reflection" led to Aguilera earning a contract with RCA Records the same week. "Reflection" peaked within the top twenty on the Adult Contemporary Singles Chart, and it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Original Song" in 1998. Under the exclusive representation of Steve Kurtz, Aguilera's self-titled debut album Christina Aguilera was released on August 24, 1999. It reached the top of the Billboard 200 and Canadian album charts, selling eight million copies in the U.S. and over 17 million copies worldwide. The album is also included in the Top 100 Albums of All Time list of The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) based on US sales

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 during 1999 and 2000, and "I Turn to You" reached #3. According to the album's songwriters, Aguilera wanted to display the range and audacity in her voice during the promotion of the album, and performed acoustic sets and appeared on television shows accompanied only by a piano. She ended the year on MTV's New Year's Special, as she performed and was MTV's first artist of the millennium. At the 2000 Grammys Aguilera received a Best Female Pop Vocal Performance nomination for "Genie in a Bottle" and despite earlier predictions, she won the award for Best New Artist.

christina aguilera is named no. 36 in 2008 top 99
The newlywed's more jazzy and soul-inspired Back to Basics was released in 2006, and Christina's first single, "Ain't No Other Man," went on to win a 2007 Grammy Award in the Best Female Pop Vocal category. The mature and catchy rhythm of that track made us wish that there weren't no other man, which is why she landed on our Top 99 Most Desirable Women list in 2008.

Studio albums
* 1999: Christina Aguilera
* 2002: Stripped
* 2006: Back to Basics
* 2009: 4th Studio Album

Other albums/compilations
* 2000: Mi Reflejo
* 2000: My Kind of Christmas
* 2008: Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits

* 1999: Genie Gets Her Wish
* 2001: My Reflection
* 2004: Stripped Live in the UK
* 2008: Back to Basics: Live and Down Under

* 2000/2001: Christina Aguilera: In Concert Tour
* 2003: Justified/Stripped Tour - Stripped World Tour
* 2006/2007: Back to Basics Tour

* 1993–1995: Mickey Mouse Club — Herself
* 1999: Beverly Hills, 90210 — Herself
* 2000: Saturday Night Live — Musical guest
* 2003: Saturday Night Live — Musical guest
* 2004: Shark Tale — Voice
* 2004: Saturday Night Live — Host
* 2006: Saturday Night Live — Musical guest
* 2008: Shine a Light — Musical guest

2007 Grammy AwardBest Female Pop Vocal Performance: 'Ain't No Other Man'
2006 MTV Europe Music AwardsBest Female Artist
2004 MTV Asia AwardFavorite Female Artist
2003 MTV Europe Music AwardsBest Female
2003 Grammy AwardBest Female Pop Vocal Performance: 'Beautiful'
2001 Grammy AwardBest Pop Collaboration with Vocals: 'Lady Marmalade'
2001 Latin Grammy AwardBest Female Pop Vocal Album: 'Mi Reflejo'
2001 MTV Video Music AwardBest Video of the Year: 'Lady Marmalade'
2001 MTV Video Music AwardBest Video from a Film: 'Lady Marmalade'
2001 BMI Award'What a Girl Wants'
2001 World Music AwardWorld's Best-Selling Latin Female Artist: Christina Aguilera
2001 Blockbuster AwardFavorite Female Artist of the Year: Christina Aguilera
2001 Blockbuster AwardFavorite Latin Album of the Year: 'Mi Reflejo'
2001 Billboard Latin Music AwardBest Pop Album of the Year, Female: 'Mi Reflejo'
2001 Billboard Latin Music AwardBest Pop Album of the Year, New Artist: 'Mi Reflejo'
2000 BMI Award'Genie In A Bottle'
2000 Billboard Music AwardFemale Artist of the Year: Christina Aguilera
2000 Starlight AwardOutstanding Humanitarian Contribution: Christina Aguilera
2000 ALMA AwardBest New Artist: Christina Aguilera
2000 Grammy AwardBest New Artist: Christina Aguilera
2000 Blockbuster AwardFavorite New Female Artist: Christina Aguilera
2000 Blockbuster AwardFavorite Single: 'Genie in a Bottle'
1999 Grammy AwardBest New Artist

Birth name Christina Maria Aguilera
Also known as Christina Aguilera-Bratman, Xtina
Origin Wexford, Pennsylvania, United States
Genre(s) Pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, philanthropist
Years active 1990–present
Label(s) RCA Records
Height 5' 2?" (159 cm)
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Dyed Blonde
Star Sign Sagittarius

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