18, 1980: Christina Maria Aguilera is born
Lives in Texas, Japan, New Jersey with Christina's dad, a military
man and mom Shelly
6, 1986: Rachel Aguilera (sister) is born
Begins performing at local talents shows and winning first prize
Appears on the national US TV show 'Star Search,' and although
she does not win, she keeps her head up high and looks upon the
perfomance as a learning experience
Invited to sing the National Anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Having begun performing in school talent shows at the age of six
and appeared on the US national television show 'Star Search'
aged eight, at 12 Christina joins the cast of 'The New Mickey
Mouse Club', appearing on the Orlando-based show, along with future
stars Britney Spears and JC and Justin of 'N Sync. She remains
with the show for two years.
At age 14, she ventures overseas to enhance her training. While
in Japan, she records a hit duet with one of that country's most
famous pop stars, Keizo Nakanishi. Aguilera's success continues
overseas, with appearances in a number of high-profile music events
as well as a tour.
30, 1996: Michael Kearns (brother) is born
1998: She records demos and begins shopping for a record deal
1998: Christina records the song 'Reflection' for the soundtrack
of Disney's animated film 'Mulan'. The film makers had needed
someone 'who could hit a high E above middle C,' she later says.
She submitted a tape recorded in her living room singing to a
karaoke backing of Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Run to You.' Within
a day of Disney executives receiving it, she is in an Los Angeles
studio recording the song. In the same week she signs with RCA.
1998: The film 'Mulan' premieres and 'Reflection' is released
as a single, with Christina performing it live on 'CBS This Morning'
and 'The Donny and Marie Show'. The track goes on to win a Golden
Globe Nomination for Best Original Song In A Motion Picture.
1999: Performs 'I Turn to You' with Tevin Campbell at the 1999
ALMA Awards in her first prime-time TV appearance
1999: The single 'Genie In A Bottle' is released and goes to US
1999: Her debut album, simply entitled 'Christina Aguilera', is
released in America, utilising the talents of a number of different
writers and producers. It will eventually go eight times platinum
in the US.
1999: CD debuts at No.1 on Billboard Chart, outselling Puff Daddy's
'Forever' by 50,000 copies.
1999: Hits the stage with Lilith Fair
1999: Travels to Hong Kong for a press conference and showcase
1999: The single 'Genie In A Bottle' is released in the UK and
debuts at No. 1
1999: The debut album 'Christina Aguilera' is released in the
1999: DVD and home video 'Genie Gets Her Wish' is released
1999: 'Genie In A Bottle' wins a highly prestigious Ivor Novello
songwriting award in the UK
1999: The single 'What A Girl Wants' is released in America and
becomes the first US No. 1 single of 2000
1999: The single 'The Christmas Song' is released - the highest
charting version of the song ever!
1999: Christina was been given the honor of being chosen to perform
for the President of the United States for Christmas! She sang
'The Christmas Song,' as well as others, and performed a duet
with B.B.King and Jewel. The special aired on December 12th, and
was called 'Christmas In Washington.' It took place at the National
2000: Performs 'I Turn To You' and 'What A Girl Wants' at American
2000: Christina was chosen one of 'Ladies' Home Journal's Women
of the Year!' She was featured on a one-hour television special
on CBS, along with Aretha Franklin, Susan Sarandon, Jody Foster,
and six others.
2000: Christina duets with Enrique Iglesias at the Super Bowl
Half-Time Show. Also on the bill are Phil Collins and Toni Braxton
2000: Nominated for two Grammys as Best New Artist and for Best
Female Pop Vocal performance.
2000: Christina wins a Grammy for Best New Artist. 'It was an
incredible shock for me. I was completely unprepared,' she later
says. 'My album had been out the least amount of time compared
to everyone else, so I thought there was no way I'd win. I was
overwhelmed, shocked and overjoyed all at the same time.
2000: 'What A Girl Wants' is released in the UK and reaches No.
2000: Travels to Taiwan for a press conference and showcase to
celebrate her Grammy win
2000: Christina performs on 'Saturday Night Live' (episode wins
2000: Sole female performer alongside Backstreet Boys, Sting,
and others on VH1's 'Men Strike Back'
2000: Christina takes home two awards for Favorite New Female
Artist and Favorite Single for 'Genie In A Bottle.' at the 2000
2000: Christina's song 'Genie in a Bottle,' written by Steve Kipner
and David Frank, and Pam Sheyne is named International Hit of
the Year at ASCAP Awards
2000: Christina Aguilera's song 'Genie in a Bottle,' written by
Steve Kipner and David Frank, and Pam Sheyne is named International
Hit of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards.
2000: Performs at Greenbrier High School prom of freshman Colin
Shaprio, the winner of the 'Prom Of Your Life' contest sponsored
by Proctor & Gamble
2000: Christina undertakes a US summer tour, co-sponsored by Sears
2000: 'I Turn To You', penned by noted hit-maker Diane Warren,
is released as a single in the UK. It peaks at US No. 3.
2000: Admits that she is in love with her dancer Jorge Santos
2000: Christina Aguilera comes in on top with 'What A Girl Wants'
on the VH1 Countdown
2000: Christina Aguilera records the theme song for Coca-Cola's
new ad campaign in the US and South America. The song 'Ven Conmigo'
is featured in Coca-Cola ads in Latin America.
2000: Christina's 'Saturday Night Live' episode hosted by Christopher
Walken wins an Emmy for 'Best Technical Direction, Camerawork,
Video for a Series'
2000: Christina performs at the MTV awards where she has five
nominations for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Best New Artist,
Viewers' Choice and Best Choreography
September 2000: She releases the Spanish-language album 'Mi Reflejo'
in America and it peaks at US number 27, an almost unprecedented
placing for a non-English-language album. 'I've always been proud
of my Ecuadorian heritage. Recording a Spanish album and working
with a great producer like Rudy Perez gives me a chance to explore
my Latin side,' she says.
2000: Performed at first Annual Latin Grammys. Nominated for the
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category for her single 'Genio
2000: Her fourth single, 'Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)'
is released in Britain. It enters the UK charts at number 8, having
spent four weeks at US No. 1.
2000: She releases the seasonal album 'My Kind Of Christmas,'
and it enters the US chart at number 38. The album features a
70-piece orchestra, a duet with Dr. John on 'Merry Christmas Baby'
and several other seasonal-type songs given an R and B edge.
2000: Christina is awarded the inaugural Starlight Award honoring
a young performer who has made an outstanding humanitarian contribution.
2000: Prime-time ABC Special 'My Reflection' broadcasts on TV
2001: 'My Kind Of Christmas' certified platinum
2001: Collaborates with Ricky Martin on 'Nobody Wants To Be Lonely'
that peaks at number 11 on Billboard charts, and becomes a worldwide
2001: Collaborates with Pink, Mya & Lil' Kim in a remake version
of 'Lady Marmalade' found in the 'Moulin Rouge' original soundtrack.
Track produced by Missy Elliott
2001: Wins two Blockbuster Awards 2001 for Favorite Female Artist
of the Year and Favorite Latin Album of the Year
2001: Performs 'Nobody Wants To Be Lonely' with Ricky Martin and
wins World's Best Selling Latin Female Artist at the 2001 World
Music Awards in Monaco
2001: Becomes a Coca-Cola spokesman and commercial debuts on TV
2001: Shelly Peiken who wrote 'What A Girl Wants' is honored when
the performing rights organization BMI salutes the writers and
publishers of the year's 50 most performed songs at the 49th BMI
2001: Makes the list of Irish America Magazine's 'Top 100 Irish
2001: Lady Marmalade hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100! This marks
Christina's 4th #1 on the Hot 100.
2001: Releases 'My Reflection' on DVD and VHS
2001: Performs 'Lady Marmalade' at MTV Movie Awards with Lil'
Kim, Mya and Pink
2001: Performs 'Lady Marmalade' at Wango Tango in LA
2001: Attends the Radio & Records Convention and performs
'At Last' with Ron Fair
2001: Attends the BET awards and pays tribute to Whitney Houston
by singing 'Run To You'
2001: The nominees for the 2001 Latin Grammy Awards are announced
in Florida. Christina is nominated in two categories: 'Record
Of The Year' for 'Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti,' and for 'Best Female
Pop Vocal Album' for 'Mi Reflejo.'
2001: 'Lady Marmalade' is nominated for 6 MTV Video Music Awards:
Best Video of the Year, Best Dance Video, Best Pop Video, Best
Video from a Film, Best Choreography in a Video, and Best Art
Direction in a Video. This gives Christina a career total of eleven
nominations for the VMAs.
2001: Christina, Mya, Lil' Kim and Pink win their first award
together as a quartet at the third annual Teen Choice Awards for
'Choice Song of the Summer.'
2001: The outfits Christina wore on the cover of her self-titled
debut album and at the 2000 Grammy Awards are to be exhibited
at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Entitled 'On The
Charts", the exhibit focuses on the teen pop phenomenon.
2001: 'Lady Marmalade' is nominated for Best Dance Clip of The
Year for 2001 Billboard Music Video Award. Paul Hunter, the director
for the clip is also been nominated for Director of The Year.
2001: 'Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)' gets nominated for
Best Choreography in a Music Video for Tina Landon in the 2001
American Choreography Awards
2001: Christina is asked to co-host the Second Annual Latin Grammy
Awards with Jimmy Smits, but the ceremony is cancelled because
of September 11 events in New York City, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania
2001: 'Lady Marmalade' wins Best Video Of The Year and Best Video
From A Film at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. This is the first
MTV VMA win for Christina, Pink and Mya.
2001: Christina Aguilera's Spanish-language collection 'Mi Reflejo'
earns gold (100,000 U.S. copies shipped), platinum (200,000),
and triple-platinum (600,000) honors under the RIAA's 'Los Premios
de Oro y Platino' program
2001: Christina appears on the all-star remake of the 1971 Marvin
Gaye classic 'What's Going On.' 50% of its proceeds will go to
the United Way's September 11th Fund and 50% to the AIDS relief
effort which includes the Global AIDS Alliance, among others.
September 2001: 'Lady Marmalade' is nominated for Best Song in
the 2001 MTV Europe Awards