Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera (2010)

Christina María Aguilera [ kɹɪsˈtiːnə agɪˈlɛɹə ] (born December 18, 1980 in Staten Island , New York City , New York ) is an American singer , songwriter , record producer and actress . It has received five Grammys , four BRIT Awards and 27 Billboard Music Awards , among others . She received a Special Achievement Award for her career and philanthropic work at the 2012 ALMA Awards and a People's Voice award at the 2013 People's Choice Awards .

Youth and private life

Aguilera was born on Staten Island and grew up in Manhattan, New York . Her father, Fausto Xavier Wagner Aguilera, comes from Ecuador , is a non-commissioned officer in the US Army and a veteran of the Vietnam War . She and her mother were often beaten and mistreated by him. Her mother divorced when Christina Aguilera was around five years old. After the divorce, she lived with her younger sister and mother in her grandmother's household in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania . Aguilera wanted to be a professional singer even as a child and admired singers like Billie Holiday , Ella Fitzgerald , Etta James , Judy Garland , Madonna and Whitney Houston . She often took part in talent competitions as a child and was known in the neighborhood as the "little girl with the big voice".

During her time in Pittsburgh, Aguilera sang the US national anthem before the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates games . She had her first major role in 1993 when she hosted the Mickey Mouse Club on Disney Channel . There she worked with Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake , among others . In 1994 the show was discontinued and Aguilera began recording demos to get a record deal.

On November 19, 2005, Aguilera married the music producer Jordan Bratman. On January 12, 2008, she gave birth to a son. In October 2010, Aguilera announced the split. Since the end of 2010 she has been in a relationship with Matthew Rutler, guitarist and production assistant for the film Burlesque . On August 16, 2014, the couple became parents to a girl. According to US magazine Forbes , Aguilera ranked 19th among the richest women in show business worldwide in January 2007.


1998–2001: Worldwide breakthrough with Christina Aguilera

1998 Aguilera has been selected, the song Reflection for the Disney - cartoon Mulan to sing. The song reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy . RCA Records signed a record deal with Aguilera that same week. The song Genie in a Bottle was Aguilera's commercial breakthrough, reaching number one on the US singles charts. Her album Christina Aguilera was released in the USA on August 24, 1999 and sold more than eight million times there. It also reached number one on the Billboard 200 . Two other singles, What a Girl Wants and Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You) , reached number one , and a fourth single, I Turn to You , reached number three on the singles charts.

In February 2000 she received the Grammy for Best New Artist at the 42nd Grammy Awards . In 2000, Aguilera followed the general Latin trend and released her first Spanish-language album, Mi reflejo . It features Spanish-language versions of their debut and additional Spanish-language songs. A month later, the Christmas CD My Kind of Christmas followed , from which the song The Christmas Song was released, which reached number 16 in the singles charts. Despite the great success of her debut album , Aguilera was dissatisfied with the music and image that her management put in place for her. At the time, she was being marketed as a teen pop artist. She publicly announced that her next album would have more depth both musically and lyrically. In this regard, she separated from her manager after a lawsuit.

In 2001 Aguilera worked with Mýa , Lil 'Kim and P! Nk and released Lady Marmalade , a cover version of the song by Labelle . It reached number one in many countries and won a Grammy in the category Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals . It is the theme song of the film Moulin Rouge .

2002–2005: Image change and Stripped

Aguilera on her Stripped Tour (2003)

On October 29, 2002, after a long delay, Aguilera's second English-language album Stripped followed . Most of the songs on the album were co-written by Aguilera; some of them have a biographical reference. Musical influences on this album are rhythm and blues , gospel , soul , hip-hop and jazz (on Impossible , a collaboration with Alicia Keys ). Stripped was welcomed in the music criticism and rated as a further development of Aguilera.

However, the new image was not as well received by most US critics as their initial image as an innocent pop child woman: controversy, very revealing and ostentatiously sexualized outfits aroused the public at video premieres and appearances. She was also photographed partially naked for magazines such as Maxim , Rolling Stone and Cosmo Girl . Stripped reached the top 5 on the US charts and was awarded four times platinum . The singles were only moderately successful on the 20s to 40s charts. The exception was the Grammy-winning ballad Beautiful , a collaboration with Linda Perry , which reached # 3 on the Hot 100. About four million Stripped copies have been sold in the United States . With nine million records sold worldwide, the album was almost able to build on the success of their debut album. The single releases were also successful. Her US tour in 2003 with Justin Timberlake and The Black Eyed Peas as opening act was voted best of the year by Rolling Stone readers. During the MTV Video Music Awards in August 2003, Madonna, Britney Spears and Aguilera kissed on stage during the opening show.

In 2004 Aguilera made another shift towards a more adult image. She recorded the promotional song Hello for Mercedes-Benz and made herself available for advertising purposes for the automaker's A-Class . In the run-up to the US presidential elections, she was involved in a campaign for young people to vote. She also underlined this in appearances on talk shows such as Oprah Winfrey's and a show on MTV that she hosted. At the end of 2004 Aguilera released two singles, Car Wash from the soundtrack of the film Big Sharks - Small Fish and Tilt Ya Head Back as a cooperation with Nelly , which were successful outside the USA. In November 2004 their first live DVD of a concert tour in the UK was also released. In December 2004 she presented her first perfume, Xpose .

For a collaboration with Herbie Hancock - a cover by Leon Russell  - in August 2005 the two received a Grammy nomination and appeared together at the awards ceremony. Aguilera also appeared on Disneyland's 50th birthday , where she sang the song When You Wish upon a Star . She also worked with Andrea Bocelli on the song Somos novios . The accompanying album Amore by Bocelli was released in early 2006. Aguilera has expressed interest in becoming an actress several times. However, she always turned down the roles she had been offered until then.

2006–2009: Back To Basics

Aguilera at the Sanremo Festival (2006)

On August 11, 2006, Aguilera released her third studio album, Back to Basics . It includes the single Ain't No Other Man , which reached number 6 on the US singles chart. The album is influenced by the music of the 1920s , 1930s and 1940s . It reached first place in the charts in 17 countries. The ballad Hurt became a huge success in continental Europe. Aguilera then went on her back-to-basics world tour that took her through Europe , North America , Asia and Australia . At the end of 2006 P. Diddy published a song with Aguilera, Tell Me .

In early 2007, the third single, Candyman , was released. Like her predecessor single Hurt in the USA, she was unable to build on the success of the first single Ain't No Other Man . However, it became a huge success in Australia and Oceania. The last singles on the album was the song Oh Mother , which has a strong biographical reference as it is about the abuse by the father. In late 2008, Aguilera released her first greatest hits album, Keeps Gettin 'Better - A Decade of Hits . The first single was Keeps Gettin 'Better . The German release date was October 24, 2008. From 2009 to 2010, Aguilera shot the film Burlesque with Cher , which was released in 2011. The Rolling Stone voted her 58th of the 100 best singers of all time .

2010–2011: Bionic and Burlesque

The work on her fourth studio album was completed at the end of 2009. At the Hope for Haiti Now donation gala, Aguilera presented a new song from the album for the first time, Lift Me Up , with Linda Perry accompanying her on the piano. The album called Bionic was released on June 8, 2010. The single Not Myself Tonight was released in advance , which debuted on May 1, 2010 at number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Bionic's sales figures remained very far below expectations. Almost 100,000 units were sold in the USA in the first week. Subsequently, the planned tour for the album was canceled due to a lack of public interest.

In February 2011 she sang the US national anthem as part of the 45th Super Bowl . She left out the line O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming and instead repeated a slightly modified previous passage of text. On April 26, NBC aired the first episode of the casting show The Voice , in which Aguilera was on the jury. On June 21, 2011 the song Moves Like Jagger was released, a collaboration between Aguilera and Maroon 5 . This reached number 1 on the US singles chart.

2012–2015: The Voice and Lotus

In November 2012, Aguilera released her seventh studio album entitled Lotus . Like its predecessor Bionic, the album could not build on previous successes. The first single Your Body was released in the USA in September and in Germany in November 2012 and was mostly in the top 30. The follow-up single Just a Fool with country singer Blake Shelton also made it into the charts, mainly in North America. At The Voice in the US, she was a jury member until the third season.

In January 2013, the single was released Feel This Moment by Pitbull from album Global Warming , in which she took part as a singer and songwriter. The song was represented in the charts worldwide. In November 2013, the single Say Something came out in collaboration with A Great Big World . The piece reached the top 10 in 16 countries. In Australia , Belgium and Canada it reached number 1.

Since 2016: Album Liberation

The single Change was released on June 16, 2016 . The proceeds from the song will go to the family members of the Orlando massacre . In the same year Aguilera contributed the song Telepathy to the series The Get Down . As part of the American Music Awards 2018, she sang a medley of songs from the film Bodyguard , the soundtrack of which was released 25 years ago. In March 2018, she was a guest juror in the first episode of the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race .

On May 3, 2018, the song Accelerate was released , which she recorded together with Ty Dolla Sign and 2 Chainz . The piece is the first single from the album Liberation , which was released on June 15, 2018. The second title was the ballad Twice . Together with Demi Lovato , she sang the song Fall in Line at the Billboard Music Awards , which is the third single on the album.

The Liberation tour in North America was Aguilera's first tour in around ten years.

Other activities

Aguilera on a poster for World Hunger Relief (2009)
Aguilera on the occasion of the George McGovern Leadership Award (2012)

Aguilera is an ambassador for the United Nations World Food Program . In 2012 she received alongside David Novak, CEO of Yum! Brands , the George McGovern Leadership Award .


Filmography (selection)

Awards and nominations

Aguilera's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • 2010: star

ALMA Awards Won

  • 2000: New Entertainer of the Year ( Christina Aguilera )

Bravo Otto

  • 1999: in silver for best singer
  • 2002: in bronze for best singer
  • 2003: in silver for best singer
  • 2004: in bronze for best singer
  • 2006: in bronze for best singer
  • 2010: in bronze for best singer

Grammy Awards Won

  • 2000: Best New Artist ( Christina Aguilera )
  • 2002: Best collaboration with vocals - Pop ( Lady Marmelade )
  • 2004: Best female vocal performance - Pop ( Beautiful )
  • 2007: Best female vocal performance - Pop ( Ain't No Other Man )
  • 2015 : Best pop performance by a duo / group ( Say Something with A Great Big World )


  • 2000: Best female vocal performance - Pop ( Genie in a Bottle )
  • 2001: Best Female Vocal Performance - Pop ( What a Girl Wants )
  • 2001: Best Latin Pop Album ( Mi Reflejo )
  • 2002: Best collaboration with vocals - Pop ( Nobody Wants to Be Lonely , with Ricky Martin )
  • 2003: Best collaboration with vocals - Pop ( Dirrty , feat. Redman )
  • 2004: Best collaboration with vocals - Pop ( Can't Hold Us Down , feat. Lil 'Kim)
  • 2004: Best Singing Album - Pop ( Stripped )
  • 2006: Best collaboration with vocals - Pop ( A Song for You with Herbie Hancock )
  • 2007: Best Singing Album - Pop ( Back to Basics )
  • 2008: Best female vocal performance - Pop ( Candyman )
  • 2008: Best collaboration with vocals - Pop ( Steppin 'Out with Tony Bennett )

Latin Grammy Award Won

  • 2001: Best Singing Album - Pop ( Mi Reflejo )


  • 2000: Best female vocal performance - Pop ( Genio Atrapado )
  • 2001: Single of the year ( Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti )

MTV Video Music Awards Won


  • 2000 : Best New Artist ( What A Girl Wants )
  • 2000: Best Female Video ( What A Girl Wants )
  • 2000: Best Pop Video ( What A Girl Wants )
  • 2000: Viewer's Choice ( What A Girl Wants )
  • 2000: Best Choreography ( What A Girl Wants )
  • 2001: Best Pop Video ( Lady Jam )
  • 2001: Best Dance Video ( Lady Marmelade )
  • 2001: Best Choreography ( Lady Marmelade )
  • 2001: Best Art Direction ( Lady Marmelade )
  • 2003 : Best Female Video ( Dirrty )
  • 2003: Best Dance Video ( Dirrty )
  • 2003: Best Pop Video ( Dirrty )
  • 2003: Best Choreography ( Dirrty )
  • 2004 : Best Female Video ( The Voice Within )
  • 2004: Viewer's Choice ( The Voice Within )
  • 2004: Best Cinematography ( The Voice Within )
  • 2006 : Video of the Year ( Ain't No Other Man )
  • 2006: Best Female Video ( Ain't No Other Man )
  • 2006: Best Pop Video ( Ain't No Other Man )
  • 2006: Best Choreography ( Ain't No Other Man )
  • 2007 : Best Director ( Candyman )

MTV Europe Music Awards Won

  • 2003: Best Female
  • 2006: Best Female


  • 2001: Best Song ( Lady Marmelade )
  • 2003: Best Song ( Beautiful )
  • 2003: Best Album ( Stripped )
  • 2003: Best Pop
  • 2006: Best Album ( Back to Basics )
  • 2006: Best Pop
  • 2007: Best Solo Artist
  • 2008: Best Act Ever

Web links

Commons : Christina Aguilera  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Christina Aguilera: Tamed in front of the altar . FocusOnline
  2. Baby there: Christina Aguilera became a mother . Spiegel Online , January 13, 2008
  3. Christina Aguilera . Profile on; accessed on November 1, 2015.
  4. Christina Aguilera Confirms That She Is Dating Matthew Rutler . Pink is the New Blog
  6. Madonna, Mariah and Christina are among the richest . Vivano magazine
  7. Christina Aguilera: Your childhood was hell in Gala on September 22, 2009
  8. 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Rolling Stone , December 2, 2010, accessed August 9, 2017 .
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  12. Video: Christina Aguilera goofs up the national anthem , Yahoo Sports, February 6, 2011
  13. Super Bowl: Christina Aguilera screwed up the national anthem . Spiegel Online , February 7, 2011
  14. Promipool: Christina Aguilera: Duett mit Maroon 5 was published, June 22, 2011 ( Memento of the original from June 25, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
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  21. New song "Change"
  22. Christina Aguilera Delivers Stirring Whitney Houston 'Bodyguard' Tribute at the 2017 AMAs . In: Billboard . ( [accessed February 19, 2018]).
  23. CAguileraVEVO: Christina Aguilera - Accelerate (Official Video) ft. Ty Dolla $ ign, 2 Chainz. May 3, 2018, accessed May 9, 2018 .
  24. Christina Aguilera: New ballad "Twice" . In: bigFM . May 15, 2018 ( [accessed May 23, 2018]).
  25. Christina Aguilera: New ballad "Twice" . In: bigFM . May 15, 2018 ( [accessed May 23, 2018]).
  26. Dueting Divas! Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato sing 'Fall in Line' at Billboard Music Awards . In: . ( [accessed May 23, 2018]).
  27. Christina Aguilera Gives a Glimpse Into Her First Tour Since 2008: Watch . In: Billboard . ( [accessed October 14, 2018]).
  28. Honoring Commitment and Leadership: Christina Aguilera, David Novak and Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as broken. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , October 4, 2012, 2Template: Toter Link /  
  29. Christina Aguilera | Hollywood Walk of Fame. In: Retrieved January 19, 2017 (American English).
  30. Winner of the 2000 NCLR Alma Awards (PDF). Accessed November 1, 2015.