KELLY CLARKSON I am Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982), an American singer-songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. In 2002, I became famous after winning the first season of American Idol. Over the years I have accumulated 91 number ones on the Billboard charts and 11 international number one singles, and has sold over 25 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide. I am known for my vocal versatility and range. Apart from my work in music, I have also ventured into television and film.
Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known by her stage name Nicki Minaj ( /mɪˈnɑːʒ/), is a Trinidadian-born American musician. She was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, and moved to the New York borough of Queens when she was five. After releasing three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009 and being signed to Young Money Entertainment in August 2009, Minaj released her debut album, Pink Friday, in November 2010. It quickly became a commercial success, peaking at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and being certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) a month after its release.
Jo Elizabeth Stafford (November 12, 1917 – July 16, 2008) was an American traditional pop music singer and occasional actress, whose career spanned five decades from the late 1930s to the early 1980s. Admired for the purity of her voice, she originally underwent classical training to become an opera singer before following a career in popular music, and by 1955 had achieved more worldwide record sales than any other female artist. Her 1952 song "You Belong to Me" topped the charts in the United States and United Kingdom, the record becoming the first by a female artist to reach number one on the U.K. Singles Chart. Born in Coalinga, California, Stafford made her first musical appearance at age twelve. While still at high school she joined her two older sisters to form a vocal trio named The Stafford
4. June 19, 1942, two weeks after she turned 16, so that she would not have to return to an orphanage or foster care 5. Three years later after her marriage she became a model at age 19 years-old 6. She became one of Blue Book's most successful models, appearing on dozens of magazine covers, screen test for her with 20th Century Fox 7. In 1946 she created her stage name known as Marilyn Monroe 8.
For the first time, there was a celebrity who looked like me. Lauryn Hill is an accomplished singer, actress, and writer who found her musical roots with a rap group called the Fugees where she was a femcee of a trio of rappers. She had great success winning Two Grammy’s while with the group and made an album hailed by critics to be one of the best of all time.
Such is a circumstance the young singer is no means unfamiliar with. For, some say it was luck or maybe destiny that this Houston-bred beauty would find her star initially rising with the most successful girl group of all time. As fate would have it, Luckett aligned with Pop megastar Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Latavia Roberson to ascend to the top of charts as Destiny’s Child – a fierce R&B foursome with heavenly looks, voices, and moves to match. But, as the 2000s rolled on, the very rocket that launched her into stardom ultimately left her behind in what came as an unceremonious ousting from the group. Accompanied by a host of headlines citing tension, contention, and Matthew Knowles‘ interventions as the cause of dissension, the remaining group members still rose above to find themselves topping charts again while Luckett and Roberson stayed behind.
Yet ironically and almost prophetically, when Selena was asked about her future during a July 1994 interview, she stated, “I just hope still to be alive, hopefully singing still and later on, maybe 10 years yonder, I hope to have a family by then.” In early 1995, the Quintanilla’s discovered that Saldívar was stealing money from the fan club, and decided to fire her. Three weeks after the fallout, Selena agreed to meet Saldívar in a Days Inn hotel in Corpus Christi, on the morning of March 31, 1995, to retrieve paperwork for tax purposes. At 11:49 am, Saldívar drew a gun from her purse, pointing it at Selena. As the singer turned and left the room, Saldívar shot her once in her right shoulder, severing an artery. Selena ran towards the lobby to get help.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), known by her stage name Rihanna (pron. : /riˈɑːnə/ ree-AH-nə or /riˈænə/ ree-AN-ə), is a Barbadian recording artist, actress and fashion designer. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, she began her career as a result of meeting record producer Evan Rogers in late 2003. At age 16, she moved to the United States to pursue a recording career and began recording demo tapes under Rogers' guidance, subsequently signing a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for Jay-Z.  Rihanna's debut studio album, Music of the Sun (2005), peaked at number ten on the Billboard 200 and features the Billboard Hot 100 top five hit single "Pon de Replay".
He recorded the song with his injured jaw still wired shut. (http://www.people.com/people/kanye_west/biography/0,,,00.html) January 2004 – Kanye hits the Top 40 helping out Twista and Jamie Foxx with "Slow Jamz." (http://www.rapcentral.co.uk/kanyewestTimeline.html) February 10, 2004 – West finally releases his debut album, The College Dropout, which is an immediate hit, selling 441, copies in its first week! (http://www.people.com/people/kanye_west/biography/0,,,00.html) April 2004 – Kanye’s debut album The College Dropout is certified platinum. (http://www.rapcentral.co.uk/kanyewestTimeline.html) February 13, 2005 – As the most nominated artist at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards with 10 nods, West takes home three trophies – Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song for "Jesus Walks", and Best R&B Song for producing Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name."
When Douglas was little, her one and only dream was to become an amazing, inspiring gymnast. Joyce E. Davis, in the article, “The Gift of Gab,” is one of many inspired by star athlete, Gabrielle Douglas. Davis says, “Life has certainly changed for Douglas. The 4’11, 90 pound, 16 year old, also known as the Flying Squirrel, catapulted her way into history winning several firsts: the first African-American woman, and female of color for that matter, to win the gold medal in the Woman’s Individual All Around; and the first American gymnast to win both the team and individual gold at the same Olympics. Even before leaving for London, Douglas knew she could have a big impact on her community.” This quote shows how being a star can have an impact in lives of people of all genders and ages.