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Christina María Aguilera (Spanish: [aɣiˈleɾa]; born December 18, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Her accolades include five Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Aguilera ranked at number 58 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2008, and was included on Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. With estimated sales of 75 million records, she is one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
Born in Staten Island of New York City and raised in Pennsylvania, Aguilera appeared on television shows in her early years before gaining a recording contract with RCA Records in 1998. Her self-titled debut album, released in 1999, reached number one in the US and spawned three US number-one singles: “Genie in a Bottle”, “What a Girl Wants”, and “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)”. While recognized as a prominent figure in the contemporary teen pop scene, Aguilera sought to assume artistic control with Stripped (2002) and its lead single “Dirrty”, which displayed her sexually emancipated persona and generated considerable controversy. The second single from the album, “Beautiful”, received favorable response for its empowering lyrics and became an anthem for the LGBT community.
Aguilera scored her second US number-one album with Back to Basics (2006), which drew inspiration from early 20th-century jazz, soul, and blues, and spawned the top-ten singles “Ain’t No Other Man”, “Hurt”, and “Candyman”. Her next three albums, Bionic (2010), Lotus (2012), and Liberation (2018), all experimented with various musical styles and reached the top ten in the US. Besides solo materials, Aguilera earned chart-topping entries with collaborations including “Lady Marmalade”, “Moves like Jagger”, “Feel This Moment”, and “Say Something”. Alongside her music career, Aguilera starred in the film Burlesque (2010) and was a coach on six seasons of the singing competition television series The Voice from 2011 to 2016.
Life and career
2012–2017: Lotus, second child, and television projects
Upon the third season of The Voice in September 2012, Aguilera released “Your Body” as the lead single from her seventh studio album. The single charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 34. The album, titled Lotus, followed in November 2012. Aguilera described the record as a “rebirth” of herself after the personal struggles she had overcome. Contemporary reviewers found the album generic and conventional, as opposed to Aguilera’s previous experimental ventures. Lotus peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 and has sold 290,000 copies in the US as of 2014. The album was supported by one other single, “Just a Fool” featuring Aguilera’s fellow The Voice coach Blake Shelton. In December 2012, Aguilera was replaced by Shakira for the fourth season of The Voice. She returned for the fifth season in September 2013.
In 2013, Aguilera scored three international top-ten singles. She was featured on rapper Pitbull’s “Feel This Moment”, which peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. She subsequently appeared on Mexican singer Alejandro Fernández’s cover of Miguel Gallardo’s “Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti” (1976), which earned a diamond certification in Mexico. Aguilera collaborated with A Great Big World on the ballad “Say Something”, which earned a six-time platinum certification from the RIAA and won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Aguilera temporarily withdrew from The Voice for the sixth and seventh seasons, citing her desire to devote her time to her family. She was respectively replaced by Shakira and Gwen Stefani during the two seasons. After her engagement to Matthew Rutler in February 2014 and the birth of their daughter in August, she returned for the eighth season in October. Aguilera’s one more season with The Voice was the tenth, in which she won with her contestant Alisan Porter in May 2016.
Aguilera played a recurring role as singer Jade St. John, a pop singer who tries to venture out to country music, on the third season of ABC’s musical drama series Nashville in April 2015. She and her partner Rutler served as executive producers for a music-based game show, Tracks, which aired on Spike TV in March 2016. Aguilera recorded a song titled “Change”, which she dedicated to the victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting as well as Christina Grimmie, who was fatally shot in Orlando the day before the nightclub shooting. The proceedings were donated to the National Compassion Fund to benefit the victims’ families. Her other works included recording a disco song titled “Telepathy” featuring Nile Rodgers for the soundtrack of Netflix original series The Get Down (2016), being a voice actress for The Emoji Movie (2017), and starring in the romantic science fiction film Zoe (2018).
2018–present: Liberation and The Xperience
Aguilera started work on her new album in the summer of 2015. Its release was preceded by two singles: “Accelerate” featuring Ty Dolla Sign and 2 Chainz and “Fall in Line” featuring Demi Lovato. The album, titled Liberation, was released in June 15, 2018 to favorable reviews. Aguilera heavily incorporated R&B and hip hop on the album to represent her desire for freedom from what she described as the “churning hamster wheel” that was The Voice. Liberation debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming Aguilera’s seventh US top-ten album. At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, “Fall in Line” was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and the album track “Like I Do”, which featured GoldLink was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance.
To promote Liberation, Aguilera embarked on a US tour, the Liberation Tour, which ran from September to November 2018, and a European tour, The X Tour, which ran from July to November 2019. She also headlined The Xperience, a 16-date concert residency at the Zappos Theater in Las Vegas beginning in May and concluding in October 2019. In 2019, Aguilera received The Disney Legends Awards for “her remarkable contributions to the Disney legacy”.