BiographyChristina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, to parents Jim, a military father of Ecuadorian descent, and Shelly, an Irish professional violinist/pianist. Growing up with her brothers and sisters in Wexford, Pennsylvania, Christina always knew that she wanted to be a performer. In her early 20s, this blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty got more than she bargained for.
Her career as a singer started when she began performing at her school's talent shows. She took her soulful voice to the Star Search stage, (like her singing counterpart, Britney Spears), and performed on national television. The next time she performed in front of a live audience was when she sang the national anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins.
christina aguilera is a mouseketeerAt the age of 12, Christina landed a coveted spot on the popular variety show The Mickey Mouse Club as a Mousketeer, with fellow cast mates Britney Spears, Keri Russell, J.C. Chasez, and Justin Timberlake.
After her two-year stint on the show, Christina traveled to Japan in 1998, where she recorded a duet with Japanese star Keizo Nakanishi, and later toured in Japan. Her next public performance was at the Golden Stag Festival in Transylvania, Romania, joining Sheryl Crow and Diana Ross.
As if overnight, Christina became a star. It all started when she sent a demo tape to the producers of the Disney animated feature Mulan after she was invited to audition for the part. All the studio needed to hear was her home-recorded demo tape, in which Christina sang karaoke to Whitney Houston's hit "I Wanna Run to You," and the studio executives knew that they had found the wide-range voice they were looking for.
christina aguilera's reflectionTwo days later, Christina recorded "Reflection" for Mulan and was signed for a record deal with RCA Records that same week. The song "Reflection" became a hit adult contemporary single, and garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture.
For those of you who didn't see Mulan, there was no need to fret -- as we would soon hear Christina's hit single "Genie in a Bottle." Her self-titled debut album was released on August 24, 1999, and sold more than 250,000 copies within one week of being released.
With only one hit single under her belt at the time of the Grammys, Christina won the Grammy Award for Best New Female Artist. We had yet to hear the other two hit singles that were coming our way -- the dance-pop tune "What a Girl Wants" and the ballad "I Turn to You."
christina aguilera sings lady marmaladeChristina also proved that she can work with other divas, as she did in the remake of "Lady Marmalade," from the Moulin Rouge! (2001) soundtrack. Teamed with Lil' Kim, Pink and Mya, Christina stole the show. The video took home the 2001 MTV Video Music Award for Best Video of the Year. She also appeared on the All-Star Tribute remake of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" with Bono and Nelly Furtado.
In 2003, she released Stripped, featuring such hit songs as "Dirrty," "Beautiful" and "Can't Hold Us Down." The album made Christina the No.1 Billboard Female Artist of the year.
She followed the release of that album with a co-headlining tour with her fellow former Mouseketeer, Justin Timberlake. In June, Aguilera joined Justin for the Justified & Stripped Tour.
christina aguilera's back to basicsIn the past, Christina was linked to Enrique Iglesias, Fred Durst and MTV's Carson Daly. She was less than thrilled about Eminem's mention of her "relationship" with Carson Daly and Fred Durst in his song "The Real Slim Shady," and publicly expressed her feelings of disgust toward the shady rapper.
In 2005, however, the "Dirrty" girl settled down with music executive Jordan Bratman. The two were married in a November 19th ceremony, and had a baby boy in January 2008.
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.
Look for an upcoming 2009 album from this sexy songstress.