Born: 18 December 1980
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Best known as: The crooner of "Genie In a Bottle" and "Beautiful"
Christina Aguilera won a Grammy Award as best new artist in 1999, when she was a midriff-baring teen singer in the Britney Spears mold. Aguilera and Spears were both in the cast of TV's The Mickey Mouse Club in the early 1990s, and Aguilera got her first big break singing the song "Reflection" for the soundtrack of the 1998 Disney movie Mulan. But her self-titled 1999 album spawned the sultry single "Genie In A Bottle" and her not-so-Disneylike preference for tight shorts, naughty innuendo and platinum curls gave her career a controversial cachet. She won a second Grammy in 2001 for her cover (in collaboration with fellow stars Mya, Pink and Lil Kim) of Labelle's "Lady Marmalade" for the soundtrack to the movie Moulin Rouge. Her other albums include the Spanish-language album Mi Reflejo (2000), Stripped (2002, featuring the hit singles "Beautiful" and "Dirrty"), and Back to Basics (2006). Christina Aguilera made her movie debut alongside Cher in the 2010 musical Burlesque.
Extra credit: Born in the U.S., Aguilera nas Ecuadoran and Irish ancestors... She married music executive Jordan Bratman on 19 November 2005 in Napa Valley, California. Their first child, a son, was born on 11 January 2008... Aguilera shared a much-hyped stage kiss with singer Madonna at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards; Madonna also smooched Britney Spears during the same sequence.
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