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Justin Randall Timberlake was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a singer, songwriter, actor, and producer. Prior to solo stardom, he was a member of the hugely successful “boy band” NSYNC . His performing career was launched in the late 1980s on the Disney Channel’s The New Mickey Mouse Club, along with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and future NSYNC member J.C. Chasez.
In 1996, he and Chasez were recruited for the male pop vocal quintet NSYNC. Their debut album was released in 1998, but their second effort, No Strings Attached in 2000, sold more than 14 million copies and featured a string of hits, including “It’s Gonna Be Me” which became one of the fastest-selling albums in history.
Timberlake’s solo recording career began in 2001 and his brand of pop has been so successful that he's been branded ‘The new King of Pop.’ Justin Timberlake is a pop and R&B singer, record producer and a new label executive. His awards include a broad range of national and international honors including American Music Awards for albums in two categories, Favorite Pop/Rock, and R&B/Soul; BRIT Awards for Best International Male Artist; Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Dance Performance.
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all-time.
Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller", were credited with transforming the medium into an art form.
In the year 2000, Aguilera consolidated her stardom by performing at the White House Christmas gala and the Super Bowl halftime show, and winning a Grammy for Best New Artist.
Michael McDonald has a unique and immediately recognizable voice that has soared through pop, rock and R&B hits for four decades. He has enjoyed sustained success while retaining his personal sound and values.
Anita Baker's voice is a rich, romantic contralto, her songs steeped in passion and feeling. She grew up listening to female jazz singers like Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and Ella Fitzgerald.
A singer, songwriter, actor, and producer, Timberlake’s solo recording career began in 2001 and his brand of pop has been so successful that he's been branded ‘The new King of Pop.’
Blind from the age of seven, Charles was a gifted pianist and saxophonist who taught himself to compose and arrange music by Braille, then became one of the most successful artists of the 20th century.
Johnny Mathis has combined the microphone mastery of the crooners, the vocal depth and technique from classical training, and the image of innocence connected with the teen idols of the 1950s and 1960s.
Usher has risen from genuine teen idol to mature pop star. He received a 1998 Grammy award nomination for Best Male R&B vocal performance and has launched a successful acting career and media empire.
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