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Aguilera is newest musician coach on 'The Voice'

by jmaloni
Thu, Mar 3rd 2011 11:10 am
Christina Aguilera (NBC photo)
Christina Aguilera (NBC photo)

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Christina Aguilera ("Back to Basics," "Burlesque") has been named as a musician coach on NBC's new musical competition series "The Voice," premiering on Tuesday, April 26 (9-11 p.m. ET). Aguilera joins previously announced musician coaches Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine. Paul Telegdy, executive vice president of alternative programming at NBC and universal media studios, made the announcement.

"Christina has a once-in-a-generation talent - her voice is phenomenally distinctive and instantly recognizable," said Telegdy. "Her journey as an artist, who started so young in the music business, will be an inspiration to the talent she coaches on the show."

"I am so excited to be part of such a wonderful project that celebrates music and the talent behind it," said Aguilera. "To be given the opportunity to help shape new artists' careers and mentor them to see their dreams come to fruition is a task I welcome with open arms. I am so happy to be working with fellow Grammy Award winners Adam and Cee Lo as I feel there is so much we can all bring to 'The Voice.' "

"When I decided to produce 'The Voice', I immediately knew that my first choice for a female coach had to be Christina Aguilera," said executive producer Mark Burnett. "Christina has a perfect voice and is an undeniable force in the music business. She is the epitome of 'The Voice.' "

Aguilera first achieved prominence as a singer after the release of her album "Christina Aguilera" in 1999, which sold more than 17 million copies worldwide and yielded such hits as "Genie in a Bottle," "What a Girl Wants" and "Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You)." She won her first Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her rendition of "Genie in a Bottle." Aguilera's second album, "Mi Reflejo," earned her a Latin Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Album.

Later, Aguilera teamed with Mya, Lil' Kim and Pink to perform their version of "Lady Marmalade" as a single from the feature film "Moulin Rouge." It soared to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts and remained there for five weeks. Each performer received a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for the song.

Aguilera's next album, "Stripped," gave the world the hit singles "Dirty," "Beautiful" (which won her another Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance), "Fighter" and "The Voice Within." She also toured with Justin Timberlake in 2003 on the Justified/Stripped tour.

Among Aguilera's other albums are "Back to Basics," "My Kind of Christmas" and "Bionic." Also included in her many hit singles are "Hurt," "Candyman" and "Ain't No Other Man" (which earned her another Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocalist), "Not Myself Tonight" and "You Lost Me." She has performed numerous times on the Grammy Awards and has hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Aguilera was also the only artist under 30 years of age to make Rolling Stone Magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

In 2010, Aguilera added a new role to her list of accomplishments as an actress. In November, she starred in her first feature film, "Burlesque," opposite Cher and Stanley Tucci. Aguilera played Ali, a small-town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship and an uncertain future to follow her dreams to Los Angeles. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her original song, "Bound to You," which she co wrote and performed.

In addition, Aguilera had a cameo in "Get Him to the Greek."

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