10 Favorite '90s Pop Stars Then & Now

Michele Marin | Sep 3, 2016 Celebrities
10 Favorite '90s Pop Stars Then & Now


Ahh the '90s. That glorious decade that brought us big hair, boy bands, and some of our favorite pop stars. Most of the following '90s pop stars ruled MTV for quite a while — but which star fizzled and which ones are still going strong?

Click through to see your favorite '90s pop stars then and now. Who do you think had the biggest transformation?


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  • Justin TImberlake: Then

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    With his curly hair and frosted tips, teen heartthrob Justin Timberlake rose to fame with the '90s boy band 'N Sync. Pretty much every girl had a tearout of Justin hanging on her wall as she swooned over him belting out, "Bye Bye Bye." Hearts broke when he developed a high-profile romance with fellow '90s pop star Britney Spears.

  • Justin Timberlake: Now

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    JT didn't let his star fizzle after his 'N Sync days. If anything, the teen heartthrob only continued to shine with numerous awards under his belt, including nine Grammys and four Emmys to name a few. His latest hit, "Can't Stop the Feeling," has fans of all ages dancing. The catchy tune became Timberlake's eighth mainstream top 40 number one song, the most of any male artist. More than just a pretty face (and voice), Timberlake has acting cred as well -- in fact, you can catch him as the lead voice in Dreamwork Animation's Trolls in November 2016. Sorry, ladies, this class act is happily married to actress Jesscia Biel. The couple have a son, Silas.

  • Sheryl Crow: Then

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    Making every '90s teen want to cruise down Santa Monica Boulevard, Crow's hit  "All I Want To Do" was released with her band Tuesday Night Music ClubShortly after the hit, the group had a falling out and Crow went solo. That didn't stop the pop star from finding success. In 1995, Crow won three Grammys for best new artist. Her stardom continued to rise and Crow not only released more Grammy-winning albums, she also hit the road with the Rolling Stones.

  • Sheryl Crow: Now

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    Crow not only continues with her music career, she's a strong political activist, having given away 50,000 digital copies of her Detours album to support Rock the Vote. Stepping out of her pop roots, the star branched out into the country music genre, releasing her album Feels Like Home in 2013. Having fought off a non-invasive form of breast cancer, the singer now finds happiness at home in Tennessee with her two adopted sons, Wyatt and Levi.

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  • Christina Aguilera: Then

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    This Pittsburgh native joined other '90s pop stars on the Mickey Mouse Club, but the world experienced her dynamic vocals with her breakthrough hit, "Genie in a Bottle," released in the later part of the decade. Christina Aguilera's hit song stands as the bestselling single of 1999She spent the years leading up to the release in the studio, even recording a cover of Whitney Houston's "Run to You" for Disney's hit Mulan.

  • Christina Aguilera: Now

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    Marriage, babies, and The Voice. Aguilera has been busy reinventing herself. The beauty, who has graced many magazine covers, married Jordan Bratman in 2005. The couple had a son, Max, but divorced in 2010. These days Aguilera is engaged to Matthew Rutler, a set assistant from her film Burlesque. The couple welcomed a daughter, Summer, in 2014. Aguilera has been a judge on The Voice, starred in Nashville, and even produced a music game show, Tracks, for Spike TV, in addition to recording.

  • Ricky Martin: Then


    Who wasn't "Livin' La Vida Loca" in the '90s when ex-Menudo band member Ricky Martin? Pretty much everyone was shaking their "Bon Bons" with this Puerto Rican hottie.

  • Ricky Martin: Now

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    Since his "La Vida Loca" days, the heartthrob has gone on to release five more albums and coach The Voice Australia and The Voice Mexico. The father of twin boys born via surrogate in 2008, he's dating Syrian Swedish painter Jwan Yosef.

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  • Britney Spears: Then


    What boy didn't fantasize about Spears as a sexy schoolgirl? The "Hit Me Baby One More Time" video sold 500,000 copies on its first day. Some sources claim Spears was the driving force behind the return of teen pop in the '90s. Spears was also part of the Mickey Mouse Club, where she met boyfriend Justin Timberlake. Their union only thrust the famous couple even more into the spotlight.

  • Britney Spears: Now

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    Stardom took a toll on the pop star, and while she was still pumping out number one hits, her personal life was crumbling. With a brief marriage to Jason Alexander followed by her marriage to backup dancer Kevin Federline, Britney landed in rehab, and lost custody of her boys. Luckily, Spears overcame her demons and found success again performing at Axis in Las Vegas. Now she shares custody of the boys, Jayden and Sean Preston, with Federline. Brit released her newest studio album, Glory, in August 2016 and performed at the VMAs, marking her comeback.

  • Brandy: Then

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    Brandy's first self-titled album not only yielded several top 10 hits, it was also nominated for a Grammy. Her success didn't stop there. Brandy forayed into acting, starring in six seasons of the TV show Moesha. Her career came full circle in 1999 when she returned to the studio to record a now famous duet with Monica, "The Boy Is Mine."

  • Brandy: Now

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    Today, Brandy continues to shine both on TV and the Broadway stage. The pop star competed in season 11 Dancing With the Stars, the reality series Brandy & Ray J, and BET's Zoe Ever After. In 2015, the Grammy-winning artist made her Broadway debut as Roxie in Chicago.

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  • Mariah Carey: Then

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    Pop diva Mariah Carey certainly earned her credits. The starlet shot to fame in 1990 with the release of "Vision of Love." It didn't stop there. After Carey's initial success, the singer continually released hit after hit, including her single "One Sweet Day," which is still the longest running number one song in US history. During her '90s heyday, Carey married Sony Music mogul Tommy Mottola. The couple separated in 1997 and eventually divorced.

  • Mariah Carey: Now

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    With over 200 million albums sold, Mariah Carey is the bestselling female artist of all time. She's currently divorcing Nick Cannon, with whom she has twins, Monroe and Moroccan, and she rocks Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with her Mariah "Number 1 to Infinity" show. In between that and her Sweet Fantasy Tour, the diva made her directorial debut for the Hallmark Channel's A Christmas Melody. In addition to filming her E! docu-series, Mariah's World, she's prepping to wed billionaire James Packer.

  • Jennfier Lopez: Then


    Once a backup dancer, Lopez got her first gig as a Fly Girl on In Living Color. But it was JLo's role in Selena that shot her to fame. Her first single, "If You Had My Love," peaked at number one on the Billboard 100 chart. It made Lopez the first artist to top that chart with their debut single since Britney Spears released "Hit Me Baby One More Time."

  • Jennifer Lopez: Now

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    JLo continues to record and act in films and television. We adored her as a judge on American Idol, and we loved her in films such as The Wedding Planner and, more recently, The Boy Next Door. Following Lopez's highly publicized romances with dancer Chris Judd, actor Ben Affleck, and singer Marc Anthony, whom she married and had twins with, she launched her own Las Vegas show. Lopez also produces films and TV shows, such as NBC's Shades of Blue (in which she also stars). If you love her fashion line, you'll want to check out her shoe line set to debut in January of 2017!

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  • Celine Dion: Then

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    A force to be reckoned with in the '90s, Dion embodied pure talent. The singer took a more classic approach to '90s music over the  bubblegum images popular in the decade. The French Canadian singer made a name for herself in 1992 when she recorded the hit for Disney's animated classic Beauty and The Beast. The song won Dion both a Grammy and an Academy Award. She married her much older manager, Rene Angelil, in 1994.

  • Celine Dion: Now

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    With five Grammy Awards under her belt, Celine Dion is the second-best selling female artist in the US. In her homeland of Canada, the pop star remains the bestselling female artist of all time. The often private singer has seen her share of heartache, taking a break from her performances at Vegas Caesar's Palace to focus on her husband, who was battling cancer at the time. Sadly, Rene Angelil lost his battle  in January 2016. The couple, who went through IVF, has a son, Rene Charles, as well as twin boys.

  • Alanis Morissette: Then


    More rock than pop, Morissette stood apart from other '90s pop sensations (think Britney and Christina). The edgy singer released "Jagged Little Pill" in 1995 and quickly gained a following. Morissette's album won multiple Grammys, including Album of the Year. The star's grueling tour schedule eventually took a toll and she took a break from the biz.

  • Alanis Morissette: Now

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    The singer finally returned to the studio, this time producing her own albums, Under The Rug, Flavors of Engagement, and Havoc and Bright Lights. She also showed off her acting chops on both TV and off Broadway. Morissette inspired many when she openly discussed her battle with depression and eating disorders. She's married to rapper Mario Treadway, and they have two children. 

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