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Nicole Scherzinger
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Scherzinger attending will.i.am's album wrap party in Hollywood, August 2012
Born
Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente

(1978-06-29) June 29, 1978 (age 42)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Occupation
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Dancer
  • Television personality
Years active1997–present
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
Associated acts
Websitenicolescherzinger.com
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Nicole Scherzinger (/ˈʃɜːrzɪŋər/; born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente;[1] June 29, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and television personality. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Scherzinger initially performed in high school at the Youth Performing Arts School and studied at Wright State University, before dropping out to pursue a musical career. She went on to tour alongside American rock band Days of the New and helped with the recording of their Green Album. She later became part of the short-lived girl group Eden's Crush. Scherzinger rose to fame as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls and released the albums PCD (2005) and Doll Domination (2008), becoming one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time.

Following the group's breakup in 2010, Scherzinger successfully ventured into television winning the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars and becoming a judge on The Sing-Off and on both US and UK versions of The X Factor. She released her debut solo album, Killer Love (2011), which was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The album spawned the UK number-one single "Don't Hold Your Breath", as well as the international top-ten hits "Poison" and "Right There". In 2014, Scherzinger released her second album Big Fat Lie and starred on the West End revival of the musical Cats for which she received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Since then, she shifted her focus back to television, winning I Can Do That (2015), co-hosting Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris (2015), appearing as panelist on Bring the Noise (2015), and starring in the television film Dirty Dancing (2017). She is currently a judge on the Fox musical competition show The Masked Singer.

Throughout her career, Scherzinger has sold over 16 million records as an artist,[2] and more than 54 million records with The Pussycat Dolls. Her other ventures include clothing lines, a fragrance and service as an ambassador for the Special Olympics and supporter of UNICEF UK.[3]

Early life[edit]

Scherzinger was born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente on June 29, 1978, in Honolulu, Hawai'i, to Alfonso Valiente of Filipino descent and Rosemary Elikolani of Native Hawaiian and Ukrainian descent.[4][2] Her mother considered abortion as Scherzinger was conceived when she was 17 years old.[5] After her father left the family at the age of two,[2] Rosemary went on to marry German-American Gary Scherzinger, who adopted her, eventually taking her step-father's surname. She has as younger sister, Keala.[6] At age six, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky,[6] where her mother was a clerk, and her step-father was a welder.[7] Scherzinger describes her upbringing as difficult as she grew up "without much money" and supported her parents by being a waitress, taking local modelling jobs, and being part of an entertainment troupe of the local amusemant park, Kentucky Kingdom.[7][6] With her grandfather a priest,[8] Scherzinger was raised as Roman Catholic and considered herself conservative with "really strong religious beliefs" and would go to church twice a week in order to make her other proud.[9]

At the age of 14, she enrolled in the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she was cast in her first professional play, La Bête.[10] She graduated in 1996 from the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) at duPont Manual High School, where she participated in many plays, including Alice in Wonderland, in which she portrayed Alice. Scherzinger was surprised she got the part as she was up "against a girl with blue eyes and blonde hair."[6] In 2007, she was inducted to DuPont Manual Alumni's Hall of Fame as one of the youngest inductees.[11] Since 2013, Scherzinger has endowed YPAS with a yearly $2,000, namesake scholarship.[12] After earning a scholarship, she attended Wright State University and majored in theatre arts with a dance minor.[11] During this period, Scherzinger garnered the lead roles in regional productions of the musicals Chicago, Guys and Dolls, and Show Boat.[10] In her final year of college, Scherzinger was hired by Days of the New band leader Travis Meeks to contribute vocals on their self-titled second studio album. Meeks sought out a singer who could "deliver some more world/operatic textures and sounds."[13] The album's supporting tour followed which led Scherzinger to drop out of college.[14] Towards the tour's conclusion, Meeks stated that the two grew apart creatively, claming she "didn’t seem to understand music very well" but noted she is an "amazing entertainer."[13] In 2018, Scherzinger received the 2017 Alumna of the Year Award from the Wright State Alumni Association.[15]

Career[edit]

2001–2002: Eden's Crush[edit]

In 2001, Scherzinger's mother, saw a commercial for the WB's television show Pospstars USA,[6] a reality series with the aim to chronicle the group's formation until the recording of their debut album,[16] Warner Bros. imprint London-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.[17] Initially reluctant to audition, Scherzinger later opted otherwise as she saw it as an opportunity to travel to Los Angeles.[6] For her audition she sang Whitney Houston's version of Dolly Parton's song "I Will Always Love You" and alongside Ana Maria Lombo, Maile Misajon, Ivette Sosa, and Rosanna Tavarez, established the girl group Eden's Crush.[18] Their debut single, "Get Over Yourself", was released in March 2001 and debuted at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the first female act to debut at number one on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart.[19] Their debut studio album, Popstars (2001), debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart.[20] They went on to tour with 'N Sync and Jessica Simpson, but, by the end of the year, their label went bankrupt and the group disbanded.[21] During this time, will.i.am, front man of The Black Eyed Peas, approached Scherzinger to become a member of the group, but her then-boyfriend, Nick Hexum declined.[22] Following the band's dissolution, Scherzinger took a detour in acting and guest-starred in television shows such as My Wife and Kids (2002) and had a cameo in the independent comedy, Chasing Papi (2003).[23][24]

2003–2009. 2020-: The Pussycat Dolls[edit]

The Pussycat Dolls performing on tour in 2006

In August 2003, opting for a solo recording contract, Scherzinger travelled to Arista Records office in New York with a demo CD, under her Hawaiian family name, Nicole Kea, of her own written material. Her performance was interrupted by a citywide blackout, and she was forced to leave. Meanwhile, Robin Antin, the creator of the burlesque troupe, the Pussycat Dolls, struck a joint venture with Interscope Records and along with record producers Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair, launched an open audition for a separate recording group.[25] After will.i.am recommended Scherzinger to Iovine,[22] and in hopes to obtain a solo deal, she successfully auditioned in December 2003 along with Melody Thornton joining Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta and Kimberly Wyatt.[24][26] As the lead singer, Scherzinger assumed the majority of the vocals and is the only member of the group to have songwriting credits on their debut album, PCD which was released in September 2005.[26] The album was preceded by "Don't Cha" which became their international breakthrough, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.[27] The album spawned other number-one hits, "Stickwitu" and "Buttons", the latter of which was nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.[28]

In February 2006, Scherzinger signed a global publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group, which would cover her future songwriting.[29] Her work as lead singer furthered Scherzinger's popularity as she continued to work on her own music. Scherzinger's first solo recording was a feature on Avant's "Lie About Us" that was released in July 2006 and later collaborated with Diddy on "Come to Me" which became Scherzinger's first solo top-ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100.[30] In March 2007, Scherzinger announced that her debut studio album would be titled Her Name is Nicole and was initially scheduled for a release in late summer.[26][31] Four singles were released from the project—"Whatever U Like" featuring T.I., "Baby Love" featuring will.i.am, "Supervillain", and "Puakenikeni"—however, all failed to make any significant impact on the Billboard charts,[26] although "Baby Love" was a moderate success in international territories. After a number of push backs,[24] Scherzinger decided not to release any further singles from the album and at her request, Her Name Is Nicole was eventually shelved and shifted back her focus on the Doll's second album.[32][33]

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).

The Pussycat Dolls' second and final album, Doll Domination was released in the United States on September 23, 2008 and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.[34] 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.[35] Both songs were originally recorded for Scherzinger's solo effort.[36] The following year, the group embarked on a worldwide concert tour, Doll Domination Tour which began on January 18, 2009.[37] While on tour, Scherzinger was asked to re-write pop version of "Jai Ho" from the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008).[38] The song was entitled "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" crediting A. R. Rahman and the Pussycat Dolls while Scherzinger was credited as a featured artist causing dissatisfaction within the group.[39] The song reached number one in 17 countries; in the US, it peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100, after charging eighty-five places consequently making the largest weekly leap from number 100.[40] On April 5, 2009, Scherzinger performed "America the Beautiful" at Wrestlemania XXV, at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.[41] After the tour concluded in August 2009, the group announced a hiatus to further pursue solo careers.[42] 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.[43] She returned for the second season before being replaced by Sara Bareilles.[44]

2010–2013: Killer Love and The X Factor[edit]

In April 2010, Scherzinger teamed up with clothing store C&A to launch her own collection of lingerie, shoes, handbags and jewelry in Brazilian stores.[45] The following month, Scherzinger and her dance partner Derek Hough won the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars.[46] In August 2010, Scherzinger portrayed Maureen in the Hollywood Bowl production of the rock musical Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris.[47] Her performance in the musical received praise from critics,[48] Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times stated that "Scherzinger's powerhouse voice was meant for venues like the Bowl."[49] Meanwhile, following the departure of the four members, Scherzinger announced her exit from the Pussycat Dolls to focus on her solo career.[50]

Scherzinger during her first day as a judge on the American version of The X Factor

Her debut studio album, Killer Love, was released on March 21, 2011 in the United Kingdom. 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 over 140,000 copies.[51] The album's second single, "Don't Hold Your Breath" became Scherzinger's first number-one single as a solo artist in the UK Singles Chart and singles, "Poison" and "Right There" both reached number three.[52] The latter one was remixed featuring 50 Cent and released as the lead single for the US version of Killer Love;[53] however the release was never materialized.[51] It peaked at number thirty-nine, remaining her highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist.[54] Originally hired to co-host along with Steve Jones first season of The X Factor US,[55] Scherzinger received notoriety for replacing Cheryl Cole as a judge.[56] She later received further backlash and death threats after sending the result to deadlock in the quarter-final which resulted in Rachel Crow's elimination.[57] She mentored the Over 30s; her final act, Josh Krajcik, was named the runner-up of the season.[58] In December 2011, as part of the 25th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, Scherzinger performed the song of the same name at the Royal Variety Performance.[59] Meanwhile, Killer Love was re-released with four additional songs, including the fifth and final single, "Try with Me".[60] She embarked on her first headlining tour in February 2012.[61]

Scherzinger appeared as Boris' girlfriend in the science fiction action film Men in Black 3, which was released in May 2012.[62] In June 2012, Scherzinger was announced as a judge for the ninth series of The X Factor UK for a reported salary of $1.17 million.[63] Scherzinger mentored the Boys category; both of her acts, James Arthur and Jahméne Douglas, reached the final, with Arthur winning the series.[64] Scherzinger performed "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" live at the Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years tribute show.[65] In March 2013, Scherzinger released "Boomerang" which debuted and peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart;[66] after its lackluster success, the associated album was scrapped.[67] Scherzinger returned as judge on The X Factor UK for its tenth series for a reported salary of $2.3 million.[68]

2014–2018: Big Fat Lie and television ventures[edit]

Scherzinger in Moscow, Russia at a soundcheck, 2018

In January 2014, Scherzinger signed with Sony Music Entertainment for a reported $4.5 million record deal.[69] The following month, she announced she signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records.[70] In collaboration with online fashion retailer Missguided, she designed a 30-piece range which was released in March 2014.[71] Their collaboration helped the retailer increase profit by 70%.[72] Scherzinger's second studio album, Big Fat Lie was released in October; on the UK Albums Chart it spent two weeks inside the top 100 peaking at number 17;[73] its poor sales led to her departure from RCA Records.[73] The album was preceded by the singles "Your Love", "Run" and "On the Rocks";[74] the foremost peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart and was a moderate success on other international markets.[75] In December, Scherzinger made her West End debut starring as Grizabella in the 2014 revival of the musical Cats at the London Palladium where she played the role for a 12-week run until February 8, 2015;[76] her performance received rave reviews from critics particularly praising her rendition of the song standard "Memory" and garnered a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical.[77] She was set to reprise Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats but a week before rehearsals she quit after producers refused to give her top billing.[78]

On June 30, 2015, Scherzinger was crowned as the winner of the variety show I Can Do That where six celebrities compete with each other by performing skills that they never knew they had.[79] In July she performed the American national anthem at the A Capitol Fourth concert in Washington, D.C. and during the opening of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.[80][81] Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, a live variety show premiered on September 15, 2015 on NBC with Scherzinger as co-host; the show was cancelled after one season due to low ratings.[82] The following month, the music panel show hosted by Ricky Wilson, Bring the Noise premiered on Sky 1 with Scherzinger and Tinie Tempah joining him as team captains.[82] After a 3-year break from The X Factor UK, Scherzinger returned as a judge for the thirteenth and fourteenth series, replacing Rita Ora.[83][84] She voiced Sina in the animated feature Moana, which was released in November 2016 through Walt Disney Pictures.[85] Scherzinger starred as Penny in ABC's television film Dirty Dancing, a remake of the 1987 film of the same name.[86] It premiered on May 24, 2017.[87] Although the movie received negative reviews from critics, Scherzinger's performance received praise.[88] In September 2017, she launched her debut fragrance, Chosen by Nicole Scherzinger.[89] In 2018, Scherzinger had a voice cameo in Ralph Breaks the Internet.[90]

2019–present: The Masked Singer and The Pussycat Dolls reunion[edit]

Scherzinger began 2019 with appearing as a panelist on the The Masked Singer; a reality singing competition where celebrities sing covers of famous songs while wearing costumes that conceal their identities. The program's premiere was the highest-rated unscripted television series debut in the United States since The X Factor US in 2011, and has since been a ratings success for the network.[91] In May 2019, Scherzinger was announced as a judge on the ninth season of Australia's Got Talent.[92] Between October to December 2019, she appeared as judge on The X Factor spin-off's Celebrity and The Band.[93][94] On the finale of The X Factor: Celebrity, the Pussycat Dolls, comsisting of Sutta, Bachar, Roberts, Scherzinger, and Wyatt, reunited with a live medley performance of their previous singles and their new song, "React".[95] British media regulator Ofcom received over 400 complaints from viewers who criticized the band's perceived provocative nature of their performance.[96]

third season of The Masked Singer premiered in February 2020 as the Super Bowl LIV lead-out program and was viewed by over 27.3 million people—the series' most watched episode.[97] The Pussycat Dolls' "React" was released in the same month, to moderate success.[98] Their tour, originally scheduled to begin in April 2020, was postponed to May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[99]

Artistry[edit]

Influences[edit]

Scherzinger has cited Whitney Houston (pictured) as her idol and biggest influence.

Scherzinger has named Whitney Houston as her idol and biggest influence. She said that she wanted to be "Whitney Houston growing up" and praised the singer's vocal abilities and stage presence.[100][101] She noted, "no one can sing [her songs] like her. She had such a powerful energy about her that when she sang it was like she had wings — she filled the universe with her voice. Hers was a divine gift and it happened to come in the most beautiful package."[101] She revealed, Houston's "The Greatest Love of All" was the song that made her want to do music.[102] As she grew older she also listened to artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Roberta Flack, Sade, Alanis Morissette, and Tina Turner.[100] Following the death of Prince in late of April 2016, Scherzinger posted a lengthy tribute citing him as a "mentor" and "inspiration" to her career.[103] She has also stated that Andrew Lloyd Webber's music has been influential to her as an artist as she grew up listening to musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita.[104] While on stage Scherzinger borrows personas of Tina Turner and Mick Jagger; "the way he prances around stage and the poise he has on stage. But I love [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."[100]

She cited Janet Jackson's sixth studio album, The Velvet Rope (1997), as her main inspiration for her second album, Big Fat Lie (2014), while the music video for "Your Love" was inspired by Jackson's Love Will Never Do (Without You) (1989) clip.[105] During the recording process, she stated that Sam Smith's 2014 album In the Lonely Hour inspired her to get "emotionally raw."[106] Scherzinger has also incorporated her Hawaiian heritage into her music; her single "Puakenikeni" (2007) was named after the flower that is indigenous to that state.[107] The music video of the song "Right There" featured Hawaiian and Tahitian fashion and dance moves.[108] Stylistically, Scherzinger draws inspiration from Jennifer Lopez, Sienna Miller, and Gwen Stefani.[109] During her twenties, Scherzinger tried to emulate Lopez by dying her hair blonde.[110]

Musical style and voice[edit]

Scherzinger during a performance in 2006.

Scherzinger possesses a soprano range.[111][112] Scherzinger's vocal abilities have received contrasting opinions; Adam White of The Daily Telegraph considers her as "an incredible vocalist" but notes that her voice is not distinct.[113] Her vocal performance on Killer Love (2011) received similar reviews from music critics. Michael Cragg of The Observer wrote, "Scherzinger's not inconsiderable voice is used as a blank canvas" with producers projecting suggestions from other artist.[114] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic wrote that, she "sings with the finesse of a demo singer, serving the needs of the song without betraying a hint of personality."[115] Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian described her vocal performance as "powerful and true," though notes it's "more evident live than on record."[116] Andrew Lloyd Webber praised Scherzinger's recording of "Memory" calling it the "best recording of anything of [his] music ever done."[117]

Scherzinger has called herself a perfectionist when it comes to her releasing albums claiming she has shelved five of hers.[118] Scherzinger's songs recorded for her first attempt in a solo career with Her Name is Nicole incorporated pop, R&B, hip-hop, and rock genres.[119] Her intent was to differentiate herself from her role as the lead vocalist of the Pussycat Dolls and establish herself as a solo artist.[120] Her debut album, Killer Love skewed towards Eurodance and pop and explored new genres such as, dance and electronic.[115][121] The album consists two-thirds of up-tempo songs and one-third ballads.[114] In Big Fat Lie Scherzinger returned to "various pop and dance tropes familiar from the past decade or so of American pop."[122] The themes of the album revolve around fame, love, sex, relationship issues,[123] and addresses her struggles with bulimia.[124]

Scherzinger selects to record songs which would lend themselves to being performed live.[125] Her stage presence has been praised; Jarett Wieselman of the New York Post placed her at number two on her list of the Five Best Singer/Dancers adding, she has a "consistent ability to serve up hard-hitting routines while singing live."[126] While reviewing Scherzinger's tour Sullivan of The Guardian wrote that she is "able to out-dance her four dancers."[116] Rolling Stone magazine readers voted Scherzinger as their ninth Favorite Dancing Musician.[127] Described as being "provocative" when performing on stage, Scherzinger states that her stage persona "comes from a strong place, not a weak place, and there's a big difference. There's a big difference when you see someone who still has class and is empowering."[2]

Public image[edit]

Scherzinger at The X Factor (US) backstage, December 2011

Scherzinger initially rose to fame as a teen idol alongside her colleagues in the short-lived girl group Eden's Crush.[128] The Pussycat Dolls' founder Robin Antin recalls that when Scherzinger first walked in for her audition to join the burlesque troupe, the outfit she donned was way "too conservative" for the group.[129] Scherzinger later admitted she cried when she saw the first and "revealing" outfit she would have to wear as a member of the band, as she was dealing with body image issues at the time.[130] Margeaux Watson of Entertainment Weekly took a major swipe 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."[131] 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.[132] She commented, "...people don't even know the story. I was in the center because I was singing. I was the one singing."[133]

Scherzinger is also very vocal when it comes to bullying.[134] She believes in acceptance and recalls receiving knock backs and the message of her music releases show how she dealt with them.[135]

She admits it is "frustrating" to read about the media's portrayal of her as "a man-eater".[136] Scherzinger has been linked to a number of different men, but insists none of the rumors are true.[136] 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.[137] All sales benefit the NYU Cancer Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center.[138] The outfits she wore as a Pussycat Doll and sexual dance moves they performed has continued ever since she embarked on her solo career.[139] 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."[140] Scherzinger also wore the first Twitter dress at the EE launch party.[141]

Scherzinger has developed an image as a sex symbol and "one of the hottest women on the planet."[142] Since 2006 has been featured on FHM's "100 Sexiest Women" list peaking at number nine in 2011 and 2014.[143] In 2012, VH1 ranked her the eight on their list of "100 Sexiest Artists",[144] while Complex magazine ranked her the twenty-ninth on their list of "The 100 Hottest Female Singers of All Time".[145]

Impact[edit]

Scherzinger performing on the PCD World Tour on December 10, 2006

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 grossly underrepresented.[146][147] With only two studio albums, the band became the best-selling girl group of the past decade,[148] digital era,[149] and fourth of all time.[150] Since beginning her career with the group in 2003, Scherzinger has sold 54 million records worldwide,[151][152] and another 16 million as a solo artist.[2] Scherzinger has been given several pop culture titles, including, "Pop Princess"[153] and the "Hawaiian Pop Goddess"[154] becoming an international pop culture icon following her debut.[155]

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. Critics generally favor Scherzinger's intricate choreography.[156] She is considered a sex symbol through her music videos.[157] 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...".[158] American recording artist Lady Gaga has been influenced by Scherzinger'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."[159]

Scherzinger has received many accolades throughout her career. 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.[160] 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".[161] She has been hailed as one of the sexiest artists.[162] In 2013, Fuse included Scherzinger on the list of 50 Girls Who Run the World,[163] and the Top 100 Pop Breakthroughs.[164]

Personal life[edit]

Scherzinger considers herself shy and keeps her personal life to herself and declines to answer questions in interviews that pertain to her relationships.[8][6] When asked, Scherzinger states "my music is the only place I'm open [to].[8] Scherzinger was engaged to Nick Hexum, lead singer of 311, whom she dated from 2000 to 2004.[165] Scherzinger commenced a high-profile relationship with Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, after meeting at the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards in Munich.[166] Their on and off relationship of seven years was a tabloid fixture in the British press.[167][168] They separated for the final time in February 2015.[169] In 2016, she was involved in a romantic relationship with Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov that ended in early 2019.[170] It was announced in January 2020 that Scherzinger had begun a relationship with former Scottish rugby player Thom Evans.[170] In late 2012, Scherzinger spoke of her experiences with bulimia at the height of the Pussycat Dolls popularity. Struggling with body dysmorphia, an early photoshoot with the group triggered her bulimic behavior, that lasted nearly a decade. She eventually overcame the disorder through therapists and life coaches.[14]

Scherzinger endorsed Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign; she appeared in the music video for will.i.am's song, "Yes We Can" (2008), which was inspired by Obama's speech after the 2008 New Hampshire primary.[171] She considers herself as anti-abortion,[172] and avoids identifying herself a feminist arguing, "I’m just for women. I’m also for the human race in general."[9] She is a supporter of LGBTQ rights[173] and in 2017, through Billboard, Scherzinger published a "love letter" to the LGBTQ community in which she praised the community for "standing strong against adversity and [for being] a community that unites for change."[174]

Philanthropy[edit]

Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, along with various other artists, she was featured on the charity single "We Are the World 25 for Haiti", and participated in George Clooney's and Wyclef Jean's Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief telethon which benefited people affected by the tragedy.[175][176] In October 2010 she portrayed Trixie at the 35th anniversary concert of The Rocky Horror Picture Show which raised money for the Painted Turtle, a Hole in the Wall Foundation camp for kids with serious medical conditions.[177] Inspired by her aunt who has Down syndrome, she became a global ambassador for the Special Olympics and recorded "O Holy Night" for A Very Special Christmas (2013) with all proceeds benefiting the organization.[178] Since 2014 Scherzinger is an UNICEF UK supporter and has traveled to Guyana, Manila, Philippines, and Kenya, where she visited the organization's supported centers benefiting children in poverty.[179] She later performed "Brave" with the SU2C choir for Stand Up 2 Cancer to raise money for cancer research on October 17, 2014.[180]

Scherzinger along with numerous other artists were featured on the single "Love Song to the Earth", which was released in September 2015 ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, as part of the global campaign to raise awareness on climate change.[181] In September 2016, Scherzinger along with numerous other artists were featured on the remake of the Black Eyed Peas song "Where Is the Love?" where all proceeds went towards will.i.am's non-profit foundation, i.am.angel Foundation.[182] In August 2019, she took part in the protests against the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea; a place considered a holy spiritual site for native Hawaiians.[183]

Other ventures[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

In cooperation with Unilever, Scherzinger recorded Duran Duran's "Rio" (1982).[184] In December 2011, Scherzinger began endorsing the imPress Nails manicure line and has her own signature series.[185][186] From 2012 to 2014, Scherzinger was the ambassador for Herbal Essences.[187] In March 2013, she was announced as an ambassador for British Airways promoting first class routes to Moscow.[188] 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.[189] In September 2014, Scherzinger joined Proactiv+ as the new celebrity ambassador for the skin care company.[190]

On November 29, 2016 Scherzinger was announced as the new face of Perfectil, a vitamin product.[191] She featured in a television commercial for Vitabiotics' new Perfectil advertising campaign in March 2017.[192]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year[a] Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
ASCAP Pop Music Awards
2006
"Buttons" Most Performed Songs Won
The Asian Awards
2013
Nicole Scherzinger Outstanding Achievement in Music Won
BMI Pop Awards
2008
"Buttons" Award-Winning Song Won
Cosmopolitan Awards
2012
Nicole Scherzinger Ultimate Fun Fearless Female Won
2013
Nicole Scherzinger Ultimate TV Personality Won
Glamour Awards
2013
Nicole Scherzinger TV Personality Won [198]
Grammy Awards 'Stickwitu" Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
Harvard Foundation
2013
Nicole Scherzinger Cultural Rhythms Artist of the Year Won
Laurence Olivier Awards Cats Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Nicole Scherzinger Best World Stage Performance Nominated [201]
MTV Italian Music Awards
2011
Nicole Scherzinger Best Look Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" Best Choreography Nominated
National Television Awards The X Factor Best TV Judge Nominated
People's Choice Awards Nicole Scherzinger Favorite Pop Artist Shortlisted
Spike Video Game Awards
2010
"GoldenEye" Best Song in a Game Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Men in Black 3 Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer Nominated
Nicole Scherzinger Choice Selfie Taker Nominated
World Music Awards
2014
Nicole Scherzinger Best Female Artist Nominated [208]
Nicole Scherzinger Best Live Act Nominated [209]
Nicole Scherzinger Best Entertainer of the Year Nominated [210]
"Fino all'estasi" Best Song Nominated [211]
Virgin Media Music Awards
2008
Nicole Scherzinger Hottest Female Nominated [212]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Indicates the year of ceremony. Each year is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.

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