Christina Sees 'Reflection' on 'Mulan' Soundtrack
One year before summoning her genie in a bottle, a 17-year-old Aguilera scored her first mainstream breakout opportunity following her "Mickey Mouse Club" days as a child star. With the help of label executive Ron Fair, Aguilera displayed a more grown-up side -- as well as those incredible pipes -- on "Reflection," a single from the soundtrack for the 1998 Disney animated hit "Mulan." Aguilera's performance guided the track to a Best Original Song nomination at the Golden Globes that year, and before her bubblegum pop took over airwaves in 1999, the teen singer had already established her impressive range.
'Genie in a Bottle' Hits No. 1 on Hot 100
Christina has scored other Hot 100 chart-toppers over the course of her career -- from "Come On Over (All I Want Is You)" to "Moves Like Jagger" -- but none have been as defining as "Genie in a Bottle," the lead single from her 1999 self-titled debut album. A carefully constructed pop blast that allowed the 18-year-old to deliver catchy-as-hell hooks and flirtatious vocal gymnastics, "Genie" became Aguilera's breakout radio hit and "Total Request Live" staple upon its release. Once the song had cemented Aguilera as the yin to Britney Spears' yang, more hit singles followed from "Christina Aguilera," including "What a Girl Wants" and the ballad "I Turn To You."
Christina Wins Best New Artist Grammy
The battle for teen pop supremacy made its way to the Grammy Awards in 2000, when Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were both nominated for the Best New Artist prize. Both singing stars had issued hit albums in 1999, and while Spears had scored smash singles like "...Baby One More Time," "Sometimes" and "(You Drive Me) Crazy," Aguilera ended up walking away with one of the night's top prizes. "I'm shaking right now!" Aguilera told the audience at the 2000 ceremony, also admitting that she did not have a speech prepared for the event because she didn't think she would win. Aguilera has since taken home three more Grammys, for the songs "Lady Marmalade," "Beautiful" and "Ain't No Other Man," respectively.