Music in Society Project: Christina Aguilera

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Music in Society Project

Christina Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980 in Staten Island, NY. She first began performing at talent shows at the age of six. At eight, she was on the show Star Search, where she was the runner-up. When she was ten, she sang the National Anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins and two years later she joined the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club. After the show ended two years later, Christina got the chance to travel overseas. She performed in Japan, where she released a single, and in Romania. In 1998, she auditioned to sing the song "Reflection" for the movie Mulan. During that same week, she was offered a record deal from the recording company RCA. Her self titled album, which was released in August 1999, was number one on the music charts and also went platinum. It sold more than 12 million copies world wide.

She was named one of the most fascinating women of 1999 and she won 1999's Best New Artist at the ALMA awards. Christina also received two Grammy nominations for Best New Artist, which she won, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

In the year 2000, Christina recorded a Spanish album called 'Mi Reflejo' and a Christmas album. Some of her other accomplishments are she performed at the Super Bowl Half-Time Show in 2000, performed for the President, and had an international tour in the summer of 2000. In 2001, sang "Nobody Wants to be Lonely" with Ricky Martin.

The song was number 11 on the Billboard charts. She also sang "Lady Marmalade" with Pink, Mya, and Lil' Kim. The song stayed at number one for five weeks. The video for "Lady Marmalade" won the MTV Award for Best Video of the Year.

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