Christina Aguilera, an American singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality was born on December 18, 1980. She has been named the “Voice of a Generation” because of her four-octave vocal range and capacity for high notes.
With the release of her self-titled first album, Aguilera gained notoriety and is recognized for having influenced the resurgence of adolescent music in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She is frequently credited as an influence by other artists for her paintings, which incorporate feminism, sexuality, and domestic abuse and have received both critical acclaim and controversy.
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The eldest of two daughters born to artist Shelly Loraine Kearns (née Fidler) and United States Army soldier Fausto Xavier Aguilera, Christina Mara Aguilera was born in Staten Island, New York City. Her mother is of German, Irish, Welsh, and Dutch origin, while her father was born in Ecuador. Because of her father’s military duty, the family regularly relocated and resided in Japan, Texas, New Jersey, and New York. According to Aguilera, he was violent and controlling. She turned to music as an escape from the chaotic home life.
When Aguilera was six years old, her parents divorced and she, her mother, and her younger sister Rachel moved into her grandmother’s house in Rochester, a Pittsburgh suburb. Later on, her mother got remarried and had Michael Kearns as her child. Aguilera expressed a desire in 2012 to reunite with her father after years of separation.
Aguilera tried out for “The Mickey Mouse Club” in 1991 even though she wasn’t old enough. Two years later, she joined the cast, performing until the show’s demise in 1994 alongside other now-famous actors and actresses like Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake. Disney chose Aguilera to perform “Reflection,” the theme song for the 1998 animated film “Mulan,” after she submitted a copy of Whitney Houston’s “Run to You.” When it was released in June 1998, “Reflection” debuted at number 15 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
Aguilera joined RCA Records after “Reflection” became a sensation. In order to stay up with the adolescent pop trend that was being led at the time by fellow popstar Britney Spears, the company hurried the creation of her album. When it reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in June 1999, Aguilera’s single “Genie in a Bottle” launched her to fame. In August 1999, her self-titled debut album was out and peaked at the top of the US Billboard 200. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awarded it eight platinum certifications as of 2010 and 17 million copies were sold internationally.
Aguilera won Best New Artist at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in February 2000. She then issued two further studio albums, “My Kind of Christmas” and the bilingual “Mi Reflejo” in September and October of 2000, respectively. “Christina Aguilera in Concert,” her first concert tour, visited North America, Europe, South America, and Japan between the middle of 2000 and the beginning of 2001.
Aguilera fired her manager Steve Kurtz and started working with Irving Azoff because she was dissatisfied with the lack of control over her image and songs. “Lady Marmalade,” a 2001 collaboration with Pink, Mya, and Lil Kim, was her first project after regaining artistic control over her career. At the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, it later took home the trophy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
On her fourth studio album, “Stripped,” Aguilera worked as executive producer and co-writer for the majority of the tracks (2002). Aguilera developed the “Xtina” alter ego while promoting “Stripped,” presenting an edgier appearance with dyed black hair, tattoos, and several piercings. With the release of her fifth studio album, “Back to Basics,” in 2006, Christina Aguilera went back to her original blonde hair color and dubbed her new character, “Baby Jane,” after Marilyn Monroe and other Classic Hollywood style icons. From November 2006 to October 2008, her “Back to Basics Tour” brought in $48.1 million.
While her 2018 album “Liberation” was well praised and debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 list, her later albums “Bionic” (2010) and “Lotus” (2012) garnered conflicting reviews. Aguilera embarked on two tours in support of “Liberation”: The Liberation Tour in the US (September 2018–November 2018) and The X Tour in Europe (July to December 2019). She also served as the star of The Xperience, a 25-show concert residency that ran from May 2019 to March 2020 at the Zappos Theater in Las Vegas.
Aguilera has had success in acting in addition to her music career. She co-starred in “Burlesque,” a 2010 movie that earned $90 million at the box office and garnered a nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 68th Golden Globe Awards, with Cher. She also provided the voices in “The Emoji Movie” (2017).
Aguilera received a $15 million yearly pay as one of the judges on the NBC singing program “The Voice.” For seasons 1 through 10, she appeared on the program.
Christina Aguilera, who was voted the top-awarded celebrity brand in 2017, has also had a variety of profitable products and endorsements. Successive fragrances she has released include Xpose (2004), Simply Christina (2007), and Inspire (2008). Sears, Levi’s, Skechers, Versace, Oreo, Coca-Cola, and Pepsi are some of the companies she has sponsored.
In 2004, she received £200,000 (about $300,000) for kicking off the summer sale at London’s Harrods department store. In addition, People magazine reportedly paid Aguilera $1.5 million for the newborn photos of her son taken in 2008.
Christina Aguilera has performed various charitable acts throughout her career. She endorsed a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) open letter in 2001 asking the South Korean government to outlaw the consumption of dogs and cats.
After learning that Roberto Cavalli had utilized fox fur in the creation of a costume for her Back to Basics Tour in 2006, she changed it out. Aguilera donated the money from the auction of her performance tickets in 2010 to non-profit environmental groups like Conservation International and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
In 2004, she served as the spokesperson for a MAC Cosmetics makeup collection, the proceeds of which went to the Mac AIDS Fund. She has also worked to increase public awareness of HIV/AIDS. The year after, Aguilera not only starred in a campaign run by YouthAIDS but also contributed to a photo book that generated money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Christina Aguilera visited the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh in 2003 and gave it a donation of more than $200,000 to help victims of domestic abuse. She gave a Las Vegas, Nevada-based charity a portion of the revenues from her residency event in 2019. She has also worked with organizations that fight breast cancer and appeared in Lifetime channel commercials advocating for an end to violence against women.
She took part in a gala in 2005 that aimed to generate money for child support organizations such as the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. In a similar way, she took part in the Turkish version of the game show Deal or No Deal in 2008 and won 180,000 lire, which she donated to the nation’s orphans.
She took part in a charitable event in 2010 that supported children’s access to music education as part of a Montblanc project. Aguilera also took part in initiatives to get people to the polls. She appeared on promotional panels for Declare Yourself during the 2004 US presidential election and worked as a spokeswoman for Rock the Vote during the 2008 US presidential election.
Christina Aguilera gave her wedding presents to organizations in 2005 to help Hurricane Katrina-affected families. In 2012, following Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, she took part in a National Broadcasting Company (NBC) special where she sang the song “Beautiful” (2002) and requested donations for the American Red Cross. She auctioned off a Chrysler 300 in reaction to the 2010 Haiti earthquake and donated the proceeds to relief efforts. She also participated in the Hope for Haiti Now telethon, which let viewers donate money to Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, and UNICEF.
She was appointed the global spokesman for the United Nations’ World Food Program in 2009. (UN). She visited a number of nations with high rates of malnutrition through the initiative, including Guatemala, Ecuador, and Rwanda. She is thought to have contributed to the organization’s and other hunger relief organizations’ efforts to generate more than $148 million since then. She received the George McGovern Leadership Award in 2012 for her contribution to the initiative, which she received from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the White House.
Christina Aguilera gave the Orlando nightclub shooting victims and their families the royalties from her single “Change” in 2016.
Christina Aguilera’s Personal Life
On November 19, 2005, Christina Aguilera wed marketing executive Jordan Bratman after dating him since 2003. Their son was born in January 2008 thanks to her. After separating in September 2010, the couple divorced on April 15, 2011. She soon started dating Matthew Rutler, whom she met while he was a production assistant on the set of the film “Burlesque.” They were engaged in February 2014, and their daughter was born in August of the same year.