Christina Aguilera is an American recording artist and actress. She first appeared on national television in 1990 as a contestant on the Star Searchprogram, and went on to star in Disney Channel's television series The Mickey Mouse Club from 1993 to 1994. She signed with RCA Records after recording "Reflection", the theme song for the animated film Mulan (1998).
In 1999, Aguilera came to prominence following her debut album Christina Aguilera, which was a commercial success with three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—"Genie in a Bottle", "What a Girl Wants", and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)." Her second album, Mi Reflejo (2000), a third studio album, My Kind of Christmas (2000), and several collaborations followed which garnered Aguilera worldwide success, though she was displeased with her lack of input in her music and image.After parting from her management, Aguilera took creative control over her fourth studio album, Stripped (2002), which was influenced by R&B, pop rock, hip hop and soul. The album's second single, "Beautiful", was a commercial success and helped the album's commercial performance amidst controversy over Aguilera's image. Aguilera followed up Stripped with Back to Basics (2006). The album had three worldwide singles: "Ain't No Other Man", "Hurt" and "Candyman". Four years later Aguilera released her sixth studio album, Bionic (2010).Aguilera's seventh studio album,Lotus, is set to be released in November 2012 and is preceded by the single "Your Body".
Aside from being known for her vocal ability, music videos and image, musically, she includes themes of dealing with public scrutiny, her childhood, and female empowerment in her music.Apart from her work in music, she has also dedicated much of her time as a philanthropist for charities, human rights and world issues which include her work as a UN ambassador for theWorld Food Programme.She is the first singer to receive the George McGovern Leadership Award. She made her feature film debut in the musical Burlesque (2010), earning Aguilera aGolden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. Aguilera's work has earned numerous awards and accolades, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, four Grammy Awards and oneLatin Grammy Award, amongst seventeen and three nominations respectively. Rolling Stone ranked her number fifty-eight on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, ranking as the youngest and only artist on the list under the age of thirty.She was ranked the 20th Artist of the 2000–09 decade by Billboard and is the second top selling single artist of the 2000s behind Madonna. Aguilera's albums sales are estimated at over 50 million units worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. As of 2011, Aguilera also appears as a coach and judge on The Voice.