Back in the late ‘90s, Christina Aguilera felt like she was locked up tight for a century of lonely nights, but a decade later, there’s no doubt that she’s unleashed her talents into the world.
Although she kick-started her career on The Mickey Mouse Club — with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, and The Voice Season 2 contestant Tony Lucca — and recorded “Reflection” for Mulan, it wasn’t until her self-titled debut album hit shelves in 1999 that she started garnering real attention!
“Genie in a Bottle” was her first hit, but songs like “What a Girl Wants,” “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You),” and “I Turn to You” all charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in several countries, and at the 2000 Grammy Awards, she took home the award for Best New Artist.
From there, she released her first Spanish-language album, Mi Reflejo, which won her a Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album, collaborated with a handful of pop artists — including Ricky Martin, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and P!nk — and then took a break before recording her next album, Stripped. (Oh, and there were a few more Grammy awards along the way, too.)
With songs like “Dirrty” and “Fighter” combined with ballads like “The Voice Within” and “Beautiful,” this album was both controversial and touching. After that, she waited a few years before releasingBack to Basics, her jazzy throwback album that included the hit “Ain’t No Other Man.”
Since then, she released Bionic, had a baby, starred in Burlesque, and joined our favorite singing competition show, The Voice, in 2011. She has effectively relaunched her career, and just last week, on Nov. 13, she released her latest album, Lotus! Clearly, this pop diva has come a long way, and she’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
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