Christina María Aguilera
(born December 18, 1980) is an
American pop musician. Aguilera first appeared on national television in 1990 as a contestant on the
program, and went on to star in Disney Channel's television
The New Mickey Mouse Club
from 1993–1994. Aguilera signed to RCA Records after recording "Reflection"
for the film Mulan
She came to prominence following her debut album
(1999), which was a commercial success spawning three
number one singles on the
A Latin pop album, Mi Reflejo
(2001), and several collaborations followed which garnered Aguilera worldwide success, though she was displeased with her lack of input in her music and
After parting from her management, Aguilera took creative control over her
second studio album
(2002), which received mixed reviews and produced substantial sales. The second single,
"Beautiful", was a commercial success and sustained the album's sales amidst controversy over Aguilera's sexual image.
Aguilera's third studio album
Back to Basics
(2006), included elements of soul, jazz, and blues music, and was released to positive critical reception. Aside from being known for her vocal ability, music videos and ever-changing
image, musically, she includes themes of dealing with public scrutiny, her
childhood, and female empowerment in her music.
Apart from her work in music, she has also dedicated much of her time as a
philanthropist for charities, human rights and world issues. Aguilera's work has earned her numerous awards, including four Grammy Awards and one
Latin Grammy Award, amongst eighteen nominations. She has become one of the
most successful recording artists of the decade, selling more than 42 million records worldwide.
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