Nicole Scherzinger

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Nicole Scherzinger
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Scherzinger attending will.i.am's album wrap party in Hollywood in August 2012.
BornNicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente
(1978-06-29) June 29, 1978 (age 36)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Other names
  • Nicole Kea
Alma materWright State University (on hold)
Occupation
  • Recording artist
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • actress
  • television personality
  • philanthropist
  • fashion designer
  • record producer
Years active2001–present
Home townLouisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
Associated acts
Website
nicolescherzingerofficial.com
 
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Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger 2012.jpg
Scherzinger attending will.i.am's album wrap party in Hollywood in August 2012.
BornNicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente
(1978-06-29) June 29, 1978 (age 36)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Other names
  • Nicole Kea
Alma materWright State University (on hold)
Occupation
  • Recording artist
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • actress
  • television personality
  • philanthropist
  • fashion designer
  • record producer
Years active2001–present
Home townLouisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
Associated acts
Website
nicolescherzingerofficial.com

Nicole Scherzinger (/niˈkl ˈʃɜrzɪŋər/; born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente; June 29, 1978) is an American recording artist, actress and television personality. After reaching one-hit wonder success with girl group Eden's Crush, she signed with Interscope Records in 2003 as a member of The Pussycat Dolls, a burlesque troupe turned-recording act. During her time as lead singer, Scherzinger generated controversy concerning the emphasis of her role in the group. The group established themselves as a prominent girl group with the release of their debut album, PCD (2005) which spawned the number one hits "Don't Cha" and "Stickwitu". A hiatus saw the cancellation of a solo album.

The group's second and final studio album, Doll Domination (2008) spawned the worldwide hits "When I Grow Up" and "I Hate This Part" and a collaboration with A. R. Rahman on a pop version of "Jai Ho" entitled "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" from Slumdog Millionaire (2008), established Scherzinger as a solo artist. Following her departure, Scherzinger won season ten of Dancing with the Stars (2010), released her long-delayed debut solo album, Killer Love (2011) and returned to acting with a role in Men in Black 3 (2012). Scherzinger left Interscope Records in late 2013, signed a multi-million dollar contract with Sony Music Entertainment and released her second studio album, Big Fat Lie (2014). From 2012 to 2013, Scherzinger served as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor and won with James Arthur in her first year; Scherzinger was also a judge for one season on the American X Factor in 2011.

Known for her strong soprano vocals, she has received critical acclaim by performing songs in onstage performances from musicals such as Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975),[1] Evita (1978),[2] Phantom of the Opera (1986),[3] Rent (1996),[4] and an upcoming role in the 2014 revival of Cats (1981).[5] Throughout a career spanning 13 years, she has sold 16 million records as a solo artist,[6] and a further 54 million with Pussycat Dolls,[7][8] making the group one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.[9] Since her first chart entry in 2005, Scherzinger has also scored 20 top 20 hits on the UK Singles Chart.[10] Outside of her work in the entertainment industry, Scherzinger is involved in charitable activities including her work as an ambassador for the Special Olympics.

Early life[edit]

Scherzinger was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, into a Catholic family.[11][12] Her father, Alfonso Valiente,[13] is of Filipino descent,[14] and her mother, Rosemary Elikolani, is of Hawaiian[15] and Russian[16] descent.[17] Her mother was eighteen at the time of Scherzinger's birth and lived in an inner city neighborhood.[18] Scherzinger's parents separated when she was still a baby. When she was six years old, her maternal family moved to Louisville, Kentucky,[19] with her sister, Keala, and her German American stepfather, Gary Scherzinger.[20][21] She took her stepfather's surname after he adopted her.[19] She first attended Bowen Elementary, and later attended Meyzeek Middle School as an adolescent. Scherzinger states that, growing up, her family did not have a lot of money, and she thanks her mother for all the support she gave her to become what she is today. Scherzinger began performing in Louisville, attending the Youth Performing Arts School at duPont Manual High School, and performing with Actors Theatre of Louisville.[19] As a teenager, Scherzinger was the first runner-up at the 1996 Kentucky State Fair's Coca-Cola Talent Classic contest.[19] In college, Scherzinger majored in musical theatre at Wright State University, where she had a role in Chicago and in Show Boat.[22] She then put her studies in art on hold in 1999 to sing backing vocals for the rock band, Days of the New.[23] Band leader Travis Meeks claims that after touring for the album, the two grew apart creatively and that despite being an "amazing entertainer," she "just didn't seem to understand music very well … she's just not much of a musician, nor [does she] understand music."[23]

Career[edit]

2001–04: Early career beginnings and Eden's Crush[edit]

By the start of the millennium, Scherzinger left Days of the New in hopes of becoming a solo artist.[23] In 2001, Scherzinger went on to audition on The WB's television show, Popstars in which she auditioned with Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You".[24] It aired as part of a reality series until the recording of the group's debut album.[25] Warner Bros. and Sire Records signed the group to a recording contract before the band was named and had finalized its membership, due to the hours of network television exposure the group would receive.[26] Scherzinger won the show as part of the newly established girl group Eden's Crush, in which she was one of the lead vocalists for the group.[24] The group released their first single "Get Over Yourself", which charted at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100,[24] and number one in physical sales.[27] It also reached the top of the charts on the Canadian Billboard Hot 100.[27] They later went on to tour with 'N Sync and Jessica Simpson.[24] In 2002, the band's record company, London-Sire Records, went bankrupt, and the group split.[28] With hopes of scoring a solo recording contract, in August 2003 Scherzinger traveled to the Arista Records office in New York with a demo CD of her own written material.[29] Her performance was interrupted by a citywide blackout and she was forced to leave.[29]

Following her short career with Eden's Crush, Scherzinger subsequently made a few promotional solo appearances under the stage name of "Nicole Kea", including covering "Breakfast in Bed" for the soundtrack to 50 First Dates in 2003.[30] Scherzinger also worked with Yoshiki of Japanese rock band X Japan on his Violet UK project. She sang the English version of "I'll Be Your Love" live with the Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra.[31] Scherzinger met Nick Hexum of rock band 311 backstage at a Days of the New concert.[32] They became engaged however ended ties shortly after.[32] During this time, will.i.am approached Scherzinger to become a member of The Black Eyed Peas, but Hexum forced her to decline as he controlled her entire career to try to make her a solo artist.[33]

2005–07: PCD and solo releases[edit]

Main article: The Pussycat Dolls
The Pussycat Dolls performing on tour in 2006.

Scherzinger had seen The Pussycat Dolls, a burlesque troupe, performing on the Late Show with David Letterman, where Carmen Electra sang "Big Spender" from the Bob Fosse musical Sweet Charity.[22] She auditioned for the group when they were re-cast as recording artists,[34] and was given the position as lead vocalist for the group.[35] Recording for the album finished in late 2005, which included several dance-pop songs interlacing the group's burlesque style,[36] while the second half of the album contain tributes and covers.[37] PCD was released in September 2005 and was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[38] and sold 3 million copes in the United States.[39] The group became one of the top-selling artists in 2006, while the album appeared at number twelve on the Billboard 200-year-end chart that year.[40] To date, PCD has sold 10 million copies worldwide.[41]

Scherzinger initially generated much controversy over the provocative and sexual image of the band.[42] The album's lead single, "Don't Cha" was a commercial success, reaching number one in 15 countries,[43] and number two on the Billboard Hot 100.[44] The group's second single, "Stickwitu" peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group, but lost.[45] To capitalize on the group's chart success, Interscope Records asked Snoop Dogg to remix "Buttons" for a single release the following year.[46] It became a worldwide hit reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100,[47] and top five elsewhere.[48] Two final singles would be released from the album, "I Don't Need a Man" and "Wait a Minute" and both reached moderate success.[49] The group was selected to perform for the introduction for ABC's coverage of the NBA.[50] They also toured with The Black Eyed Peas on their Honda Civic Tour,[51] and Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics Tour in 2006.[52]

The success of the group's debut album brought Scherzinger into the media spotlight as an individual artist.[53] She furthered her popularity with a collaboration with Diddy on "Come to Me" which became Scherzinger's first solo top-ten hit on Billboard Hot 100.[54] Scherzinger's released two singles: "Whatever U Like" and "Baby Love" during the Pussycat Dolls hiatus.[55] The latter managed to peak in the top twenty in thirteen countries.[56] After the release of "Baby Love", Scherzinger had planned to release her debut solo album.[57] However, as a result of a majority of the singles charting poorly in the US,[58] Scherzinger decided not to release any further singles from the album and at Scherzinger's request, Her Name Is Nicole was shelved.[59][60]

2008–10: Doll Domination and TV work[edit]

The Pussycat Dolls performed for more than 2,000 U.S. and coalition service members during a live concert March 10, 2008 at a U.S. Army camp in the Persian Gulf Region (2008).

In February, Scherzinger along with a variety of other celebrities contributed to will.i.am's "Yes We Can", to support Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.[61] Following the cancellation of Her Name is Nicole, Scherzinger focused on the Pussycat Dolls' sophomore and final album, Doll Domination.[62] It was released in the United States on September 23, 2008 and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.[63] The album included singles "When I Grow Up" and "I Hate This Part" which peaked at number nine and eleven on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.[64] Both songs were originally recorded for Scherzinger's solo effort.[62] The following year, The Pussycat Dolls embarked on a worldwide concert tour, entitled the World Domination Tour which began on January 18, 2009.[65]

On April 5, 2009, Scherzinger performed the American national anthem at Wrestlemania XXV, at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.[66] Following A.R. Rahman's expected win at the 2009 Academy Awards for Best Original Song and Best Original Score for "Jai Ho" and its soundtrack from Slumdog Millionaire,[67] Scherzinger was asked to re-write and make a pop version of the song while on tour with the group.[68] The song was entitled "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" and Scherzinger was credited as a featured artist causing an internal strife within the group.[69] The song reached number one in 17 countries and established Scherzinger as a solo artist.[69] In the United States, it peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100, after charging eighty-five places consequently making the largest weekly leap from number 100.[70] After the tour concluded in August 2009, the group announced a hiatus to further pursue solo careers.[71] In December 2009, Scherzinger was announced as the third judge joining Ben Folds and Boyz II Men band member Shawn Stockman on the first season of The Sing-Off.[72] She returned for the second season before being replaced by Sara Bareilles.[73]

In January 2010, Scherzinger began the recording and writing process for her solo album.[74] Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, along with other artists, Scherzinger had recorded "We Are the World 25 for Haiti", which benefited people affected by the tragedy.[75] In March 2010, it was announced that Scherzinger would be a celebrity contestant on the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars partnering with Derek Hough.[76] Scherzinger ultimately won the competition which concluded in May.[77] She later attempted to launch her debut album for a second time, which she described as having a "rock, funk, soul edge", and a new single "Nobody Can Change Me".[78] In June 2010, Scherzinger became the next celebrity after Pixie Lott to be selected as guest judge on the seventh series of The X Factor UK whilst Dannii Minogue was on maternity leave and appeared at the Manchester auditions alongside Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh.[79] She eventually stood in for Cheryl Cole during the bootcamp stages.[80] Meanwhile, following the departure of the four members, Scherzinger announced that she quit The Pussycat Dolls to pursue her solo career.[81]

2011–13: Killer Love and The X Factor UK[edit]

Scherzinger backstage at The X Factor semi-finals in December 2011.

On March 18, 2011, Scherzinger released her debut studio album, Killer Love. The album experienced moderate success in certain territories; on the UK Albums Chart the album debuted and peaked at number eight and by November it sold 140,000 copies.[82] The album included, second single, "Don't Hold Your Breath" which debuted atop the UK Singles Chart and top-three songs, "Poison" and "Right There".[83] The latter one was remixed featuring 50 Cent and released as the lead single for the US version of Killer Love.[84] It peaked at number thirty-nine, remaining her highest charting solo single on the Billboard Hot 100.[85] In May, Scherzinger was hired to co-host along with Steve Jones the first season of the American version of The X Factor.[86] However, she later replaced Cheryl Cole as a judge alongside Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid, and appeared on the judging panel from the auditions in Newark, New Jersey.[87] She mentored the Over 30s; her final act, Josh Krajcik, was named the runner-up of the season.[88] Scherzinger did not return for the show's second season and was replaced by Britney Spears.[89] Meanwhile, Killer Love was re-released with four additional songs, including the fifth and final single, "Try with Me".[90]

In February 2012, Scherzinger emabarked on The Killer Love Tour, her first solo tour, visiting 6 venues.[91] In May 2012, Scherzinger continued her acting career portraying Lily Poison, the main antagonist girlfriend in the comedy film, Men in Black 3.[92] The film spent its first weekend atop the US box office and grossed $624 million worldwide.[93] On 30 May, Scherzinger returned to The X Factor UK for its ninth series as a guest judge at the London auditions alongside Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos due to a replacement for Kelly Rowland was not found in time before the auditions. On June 15, Scherzinger was confirmed as the fourth permanent judge with a reported salary of £750,000 ($1.17 million), and joined the judging panel full-time at the Newcastle auditions.[94] Scherzinger mentored the Boys category; both of her acts, James Arthur and Jahméne Douglas reached the final with Arthur winning the series.[95] At the same time, on an episode of Behind the Music Scherzinger revealed that she endured an eight-year-long battle with bulimia,[96] saying that it was a very "dark time" for her.[97]

On February 23, 2013, Scherzinger was honored by the Harvard Foundation as "2013 Artist of the Year" for her contributions in performing arts, support for breast cancer research and initiatives for adults and children with special needs.[98] In March 2013, Scherzinger released "Boomerang" which debuted and peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart.[99] Aside from will.i.am producing "Boomerang", Scherzinger appeared on "Far Away from Home" for his fourth studio album, #willpower and provided additional vocals on the song "Smile Mona Lisa".[100] On May 23, 2013, Scherzinger was confirmed as a returning judge for the tenth series of The X Factor UK for £1.5 million ($2.5 million) alongside Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and original judge Sharon Osbourne, who replaced Tulisa Contostavlos.[101]

2014: Big Fat Lie and Broadway debut[edit]

In January 2014, it was reported that Scherzinger landed a $4.5 million recording deal with Sony Records.[102] It was later confirmed that Scherzinger left her long-time label, Interscope, for Sony's UK imprint label, RCA Records.[103] The as-of-yet untitled album was executive produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Terius "The-Dream" Nash. Scherzinger also duetted with Sam Bailey on the track "And I Am Telling You", for the latter's debut album, The Power of Love (2014).[104] In February, Simon Cowell confirmed that Scherzinger would not return as a judge on The X Factor UK for its eleventh series.[105] She was replaced by Mel B. On May 23, 2014, it was confirmed that Scherzinger's new single, "Your Love" would have a commercial release on July 13; it is the singer's first single since signing her contract with RCA.[106] The song was a Top 10 hit in the UK and Serbia. On September 15, 2014, it was announced that her second studio album would be called Big Fat Lie and will be released on October 20, 2014.[107] Its release was precedeed by the release of another singles: "Run", which serves as the first U.S. single from the album[108] and "On the Rocks".[109]

Artistry[edit]

Musical style and voice[edit]

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A sample of "Poison" '​s pulsating chorus, where accompanied by a toxic beat, Scherzinger sings about "bad-girl power" and "poisonous intentions".[110]

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About.com said: "Jai Ho!" abundantly deserves its place, and the vocals of head Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger will have pop fans singing as well as dancing along. Look for this song to set up a long residency scaling pop charts around the world."[111]

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Scherzinger is known for her strong soprano vocals and conviction to convey emotion in her tracks.[112] Her music is generally contemporary R&B,[113][114] and dance-pop in some of her songs.[112] Though Scherzinger releases English language songs, she recorded Hindi lyrics for the Pussycat Dolls' version of "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)".[68] Throughout Scherzinger's career, her vocal range and music has been compared to those of Kelly Clarkson,[115] Leona Lewis,[116][117] Britney Spears,[116] Sugababes,[117] Rihanna,[116] and Beyoncé.[116] Scherzinger also sings classical,[118] and opera music.[119] She has received co-writing credits for multiple songs she's recorded.[120] Her early songs were female-empowerment themed compositions like "I Don't Need a Man" and "Hush Hush" and transitioned to more mature "break-up" anthems such as "Don't Hold Your Breath".[121] Scherzinger has also received co-writing credits for some of the records in which she has been involved, especially during her solo efforts. She has also been involved in the vocal arrangement and vocal production of a few songs she's written.[122]

Scherzinger's songs are written from personal experiences, as she said they are "personal and heartfelt" tracks.[123] She co-wrote the majority of her first studio album, Killer Love.[121] Scherzinger's songs have been described as "sexual innuendo"[124] and "funky electronica"[125] which are also backed by "electro beats".[126] In August 2010, RedOne revealed that he was working on Scherzinger's debut album, stating: "I just finished her album. Her last one never came out because it wasn't consistent. Her new record – it's the real her."[127] Scherzinger said a lot of her first studio album was about her split with Lewis Hamilton before they reunited.[128] Scherzinger said that she wanted to create songs which "lend themselves to live performances".[129] She said she likes to record "empowering" ballads.[130] Scherzinger's vocals on ballads have been compared to Kelly Clarkson.[115] She said that she wanted her debut album to be "in your face and strong".[131] She told MTV "I've always said that in the Pussycat Dolls, I kind of feel like Superwoman. But that's just one of my alter egos. I've got the vulnerable, lovesick side of me amongst others which all appear on my record."[132]

Influences[edit]

Whitney Houston (left) and Michael Jackson (right) are Scherzinger's two biggest influences.

Scherzinger credits Whitney Houston as her greatest musical influence and idol, as she said she wanted to "be Whitney" when she was growing up.[133] She admired Houston so much that she auditioned with her version of "I Will Always Love You" at her Popstars audition.[133] When Scherzinger was growing up in her home town of Louisville, she received a Christmas gift at the age of six. It was a tiny purple boombox and a cassette of Whitney Houston's chart-topping 1985 self-titled debut album. "My parents had no money, but they got me this player and Whitney's album, which had "The Greatest Love of All" on it," Scherzinger recalls. "That was it for me. From that moment on I wanted to sing. Her voice was so powerful; every note she sang just felt like the truth."[134] Scherzinger also named Ella Fitzgerald,[133] Billie Holiday,[133] Roberta Flack,[133] Sade Adu,[133] Alanis Morissette,[133] Toni Braxton[133] and Tina Turner[133] as her biggest influences to Scherzinger while growing up.[133] Scherzinger said that Beyoncé also inspired her, stating: "I am inspired by women like Beyoncé who wear costumes that aren't much but they are real artists and they put real artistry into what they do and that is how I pride myself."[135] Scherzinger said while she is on stage performing, she borrows personas of Tina Turner and Mick Jagger: "The way he [Mick Jagger] prances around stage and the poise he has on stage. But I love Tina Turner's attitude and sass. I steal from her all the time, especially being the lead singer of this group, the Pussycat Dolls, to be fearless and just have that attitude and that soul behind you."[133] Scherzinger also cites Gwen Stefani as an influence.[132] Janet Jackson and MIA are also influences to her.[132] When Scherzinger was older, Mariah Carey became a huge influence to her.[134] She also wished to work with The Black Eyed Peas saying she admired their music.[136] Scherzinger is also a fan of Adele.[137] Critically acclaimed, "Pop Prince", Prince also became a big influence when she was in her teens.[138] Michael Jackson was one of Scherzinger's biggest influences and idols.[138] Paula Abdul, who Scherzinger sat alongside on the judging panel of The X Factor, was one of her influences.[139] When she gained the role on Men in Black 3, Scherzinger said that music was a very big part of her inspiration for the character, which she plays for the film.[140] She said, "I listened to my heavier music and I listened to Led Zeppelin and I kind of got in that frame of mind because music is what inspires me most. I worked with my acting coach a lot and she told me about lots of crazy things to think about while I was in character, but I better not tell you what she said."[140] Scherzinger said that the role has inspired her to record differently on her second studio album.[140]

Public image[edit]

Scherzinger is most recognized as the voice behind The Pussycat Dolls.[22][141] As a former member of the group, Scherzinger is the most successful as a solo artist,[142][143] having sold 16 million records, thus far.[6] Negative press appeared in which her music,[116] music videos, performances[144] and her image were unfavorably compared to those of Beyoncé.[145] In 2006, while on tour, Scherzinger ran into trouble in Kuala Lumpur with the authorities for sexually explicit dancing.[146] Her performance, part of the PCD World Tour, was not well received in the Muslim state which frowned upon the "eye-popping attire" and "sexually suggestive stage routines" and she was fined $3000 for the incident.[146] Scherzinger later admitted she cried when she saw the first outfit she would have to wear as a member of the band.[147] Scherzinger frequently has appeared in FHM Magazine's 100 Sexiest Women poll, ranking in 2011, she jumped 64 places to rank #9.[148]

Margeaux Watson of Entertainment Weekly took a major swipe at at Scherzinger for her role as lead singer. Watson said, "there are two kinds of girl groups: those anchored by a superstar (The Supremes, Destiny's Child), and those made up of charismatic personalities endowed with limited individual gifts (Spice Girls, TLC). The Pussycat Dolls are neither – they're a brand, not a band. [...] 2005's multi-platinum PCD finds lead Doll Nicole Scherzinger in the spotlight, and she's no Beyoncé."[145] Scherzinger has claimed that she was responsible for both lead and backing vocals on the group's songs, with hardly anything sung by the other members.[149] She commented, "...people don't even know the story. I was in the center because I was singing. I was the one singing."[150]

Scherzinger is also a supporter of gay rights.[151] On November 24, 2012, Scherzinger posed for a "Some People Are Gay, Get Over It" T-shirt, part of a campaign from Stonewall, in support of same-sex marriage.[152] Scherzinger's popularity within the gay community increased due to her work the Pussycat Dolls.[153] One of the songs written by Scherzinger, "I Don't Need a Man", was dedicated to all of her gay fans.[153] She explained: "Whoever I could inspire, I wanted to inspire them. It's about the messages of empowerment and loving yourself for who you are."[153] Scherzinger is also very vocal when it comes to bullying.[154] She believes in acceptance and recalls receiving knock backs and the message of her music releases show how she dealt with them.[155]

She admits it is "frustrating" to read about the media's portrayal of her as "a man-eater".[156] Scherzinger has been linked to a number of different men, but insists none of the rumors are true.[156][156] In July 2013, Scherzinger posed semi-nude for a "Protect the Skin You're In" T-shirt, part of a campaign by fashion designer Marc Jacobs to raise awareness and cash for melanoma research.[157] All sales benefit the NYU Cancer Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center.[158] The outfits she wore as a Pussycat Doll and sexual dance moves they performed has continued ever since she embarked on her solo career.[159] Scherzinger said: "I think I am able to handle myself in a good manner and hopefully I'm a positive role model for other girls out there."[160][161] Scherzinger also wore the first Twitter dress at the EE launch party.[162]

Legacy[edit]

Scherzinger performing on the World Domination Tour on May 4, 2009.

Described as the "driving force" behind The Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger is credited for the result of the group's international success in the music industry, during a time when girl groups were non-existent.[163][164] With only two studio albums, the band became the best selling girl group of the past decade,[41] digital era,[165] and fourth of all time.[166] Since beginning her career with the group in 2003, Scherzinger has sold 54 million records worldwide,[7][8] and a further 16 million as a solo artist.[6] Scherzinger has been given several pop culture titles, including, "Pop Princess"[167] and the "Hawaiian Pop Goddess"[168] becoming an international pop culture icon following her debut.[169]

Scherzinger's television and music video impact has also been acknowledged in pop culture where she is known for her music videos, which often incorporate raunchy outfits and dance breaks.[170] Critics generally favor Scherzinger's intricate choreography.[171] She is considered a sex symbol through her music videos.[172] Simon Cowell praised Scherzinger's performance ability, respectively calling her "one of the best live performers I've ever seen" and "if you want an example of how you do it right... its Nicole. It's focus, performance, vocals...".[173] American recording artist Lady Gaga has been influenced by Scheriznger's role in the Pussycat Dolls saying, "There's something that's very humbling about being able to work with a powerhouse group like that. Probably the biggest influence they've had on me is making me want to be a better writer."[174]

Scherzinger has received many accolades throughout her career. Rolling Stone recognized her instant success as one of the best dancing musicians ranking her ninth in the world.[175] VH1 included her as one of the 100 Greatest Women in Music in 2012.[176] In February 2013, Scherzinger was honored by the Harvard Foundation as "2013 Artist of the Year" for her contributions in performing arts, support for breast cancer research and initiatives for adults and children with special needs.[98] In April 2013, she was awarded with the "Outstanding Achievement in Music Award" at The Asian Awards for "inspiring achievements in the fields of business, sport, entertainment, philanthropy and popular arts and culture".[177] She has been hailed as one of the sexiest artists.[178] In 2013, Fuse included Scherzinger on the list of 50 Girls Who Run The World,[179] and the Top 100 Pop Breakthroughs.[180] She also made history in season nine of The X Factor, where all three acts in Scherzinger's category made it to the final five, the first time this has happened in the history of the show.[181] She also had both lasting contestants in the final show.[181]

Other ventures[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Scherzinger had re-recorded "Don't Cha" in Simlish for inclusion in the computer game The Sims 2: Pets.[182] In Brazil, Scherzinger released in April 2010, a line of products for C&A, she traveled the country, to promote the launch, where he participated in press conferences, and recordings of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.[183][184][185] She has also recorded a version of "GoldenEye" – the theme song of the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye – for the 2010 video game GoldenEye 007. She also appeared in character form in the computer game Asphalt: Urban GT 2 in November 2006. Scherzinger's solo and Pussycat Dolls songs have been featured in an array of dance and singing games including – Just Dance 2 , Zumba Fitness 2, Get Up and Dance, Everybody Dance, Just Dance: Greatest Hits and SingStar.[citation needed] In 2010, she made a commercial for the C&A campaign.[186] In December 2011, Scherzinger began endorsing the imPress Nails manicure line and has her own signature series.[187][188]

From 2012 to 2014, Scherzinger was the ambassador for Herbal Essences.[189] In March 2013, Scherzinger was announced as an ambassador for British Airways promoting first class routes to Moscow.[190] In April 2013, it was announced that Scherzinger will be the face of Müller Corner, a range of luxury yogurts and front TV and print campaigns.[191] In March 2014, Scherzinger designed and released her very own clothing line for the fashion company Missguided and can be seen on their website.[192] In September 2014, Nicole joined Proactiv+ as the new celebrity ambassador for the skin care company.[193]

Musical theatre[edit]

Scherzinger majored in acting and musical theatre at Wright State University, where she played Velma Kelly in Chicago and Julie La Verne in Show Boat.[22] In late 2009, it was reported that Scherzinger was working closely with Andrew Lloyd Webber on the musical Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.[194] Although she has not yet appeared in the show, her version of the title song – Love Never Dies – was played on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Friday April 1, 2011.[3] As part of the 25th Anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, Scherzinger performed the title song at The Royal Variety Performance – held in The Lowry, Manchester – on Monday December 5, 2011. She performed alongside four former Phantoms (Simon Bowman, Earl Carpenter, John Owen-Jones and Ramin Karimloo). The performance was aired on ITV1 on Wednesday December 14, 2011.[195]

In June 2010, it was announced that Scherzinger would take on the role of Maureen in the Hollywood Bowl production of the rock musical Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. She played the role from August 6–8, 2010.[4] Playbill confirmed Scherzinger as a cast member in Two Lost Worlds, a musical billed as "an epic tale of an ancient people saved by one woman." The musical was presented July 31, 2012 at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.[196] On March 31, 2013, Scherzinger performed "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" for an Andrew Lloyd Webber televised program and was met with critical acclaim.[2] In May 2013, Scherzinger endowed the Youth Performing Arts School at duPont Manual High School with a $2,000 scholarship named after herself, titled the "Nicole Scherzinger Performing Arts Scholarship".[197] Scherzinger is set to play Grizabella in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats from December 2014 until February 2015.[5]

Philanthropy[edit]

Scherzinger performing a special concert for U.S. troops in 2008

Besides her career in music, Scherzinger has also contributed to various charities. For natural disasters, Scherzinger has helped various relief efforts. She was to appear on the single "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" to benefit a donation to the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake in 2010. On July 7, 2007, Scherzinger, together with other artists, performed at the Live Earth Concerts, which were held to raise awareness of global warming in the United Kingdom.[198] In September 2008, Scherzinger raised money for a charity fundraiser to assist breast cancer research in Australia with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.[199] She has also performed for many music events that donated to charities such as performing alongside Lea Michele for a performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Los Angeles.[1]

In February 2012, Scherzinger attended the third annual Women in Music event which benefited the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools.[200] Scherzinger says she enjoys her charitable endeavors so much, the work has ceased to be selfless and become a mere pursuit of her own pleasure, "I don't know if it's selfish because I get so much fulfillment out of it, but it excites me to be with special-needs kids and families. My aunt has Down's syndrome so it's very close to my heart," says Scherzinger.[201] In March 2013, Scherzinger contributed to Comic Relief, which aims to "bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of poor and disadvantaged people, which [we] believe requires investing in work that addresses people's immediate needs as well as tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice".[202] Scherzinger has also contributed to human trafficking charities such as the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking where, in May 2013, she participated in the "From Slavery to Freedom" event to raise money.[203]

Most recently, Scherzinger has shown support for the Special Olympics at a tea party for British athletes.[204] Scherzinger was also featured on the 2013 edition "A Very Special Christmas" with all proceeds benefiting the organization.[205] Also, on November 14, 2013, Scherzinger was named the global ambassador of the Special Olympics.[206] On November 14, 2013, Scherzinger contributed to the Children in Need Rocks Manchester organization.[207] On November 20, 2013, Scherzinger was honored with the "Global Gift Philanthropist Award" at the Global Gift Gala for her contributions.[208] In 2014, Scherzinger traveled to Guyana to work with disabled children for UNICEF charities.[209] She later performed "Brave" with the SU2C choir for Stand Up 2 Cancer to raise money for cancer research on October 17, 2014.[210]

Personal life[edit]

From 2007 to 2010, Scherzinger was in a relationship with two-time Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton.[211] In January 2010, it was announced that Hamilton and Scherzinger had split up.[212] The couple reunited until another split in 2011 due to conflicting work schedules. They reportedly reunited again in January 2012,[213] but by July 2013 they had once more ended the relationship but got back together again in March 2014.[214]

In 2012, Scherzinger publicly revealed her eight-year struggle with bulimia, explaining how during her time in the Pussycat Dolls, "I just hated myself. I was in a group but I never felt so alone in my life... I never did drugs, but hurting myself was my addiction. The music is what saved me. That's the only thing I can trust."[215][216] Paula Abdul applauded Scherzinger for overcoming her bulimia addiction.[217]

It was also recently reported that Scherzinger is a distant cousin of South Korean hip-hop artist Dok2.[218]

The X Factor controversies[edit]

In week 7 of The X Factor US, L.A. Reid voted to eliminate contestant Rachel Crow from the show over Marcus Canty, who had two votes; Scherzinger, not wanting to send either home, cast the second vote against Rachel, which took the results to deadlock. Immediately after the public results were revealed and Crow was eliminated, she collapsed onstage and cried inconsolably. Steve Jones asked Scherzinger whether she had anything to say, but she was too upset to respond and shook her head and turned away.[219] Scherzinger was booed off the stage and rumors spread that her future on the show was now in jeopardy.[220] She subsequently received death threats from some viewers, to which fellow judge Simon Cowell defended her, saying "If there are death threats and stuff like that, it's crazy. Nicole is not a vindictive person."[221] According to an interview with People Magazine, Scherzinger admitted feeling regrets voting Crow off the show and felt like she let her down. "When I saw that look on her face [I felt] that I let her down, like I dropped her. I could have been holding on and I dropped her," Scherzinger told People.[222] On September 30, 2012, Scherzinger decided to put Rylan Clark through to live shows on The X Factor UK, which caused controversy for both.[223]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardNominated workResult
2007ASCAP Awards Most Performed Songs[224]"Buttons" (The Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg)Won
2007Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals"Stickwitu"Nominated
2009MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography"Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)" (A.R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls)Nominated
2011TRL Awards Best Look[225]HerselfNominated
2012Cosmopolitan Fun, Fearless Female of the Year[226]HerselfWon
2012Teen Choice Award for Scene Stealer FemaleMen in Black 3Nominated
2013The Asian Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music[227]HerselfWon
2013Glamour Awards TV PersonalityHerselfWon
2014World Music Awards Best Female Artist[228]HerselfNominated
2014World Music Awards Best Song[229]Fino all'estasi (Eros Ramazzotti featuring Nicole Scherzinger)Nominated
2014MTV Europe Music Awards Best World Stage[230]HerselfNominated

Tours[edit]

See also[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson
Dancing with the Stars (US) winner
Season 10 (Spring 2010 with Derek Hough)
Succeeded by
Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough