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Pop music dominated the charts in the 1990s, with singers like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Jennifer Lopez becoming household names.
Boy bands, especially Backstreet Boys and NSYNC, definitely had a moment during the decade.
And singers like Mariah Carey and Alanis Morissette also made it big during the ’90s. 
See what some of your favorite ’90s pop stars have been up to since then.
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The ’90s was a huge decade for music, with singers like Britney Spears and Mariah Carey, as well as boy bands like NSYNC, becoming household names. 

The decade also launched the careers of stars like Jennifer Lopez, Mandy Moore, and Christina Aguilera — singers who are still doing exciting things even after the 90s heyday. 

See what some of the biggest names in ’90s pop music are up to today. 

Britney Spears rose to fame in the late 1990s.
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After the release of her debut single “…Baby One More Time” in 1998, as well as her debut album in 1999, Spears instantly became a pop superstar. The music video for “…Baby One More Time,” which features the singer dressed as a Catholic schoolgirl, is one of the most iconic music videos from the ’90s. 

And even though Spears would go on to release several more successful albums in the 2000s, her iconic career definitely began in the 1990s. 

Despite a rocky past few years, Spears is still making music and headlining shows.
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Spears has remained in the spotlight for most of the 2000s, undergoing a public divorce and custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline, as well as a struggle with her mental illness. The singer has headlined tours and Las Vegas residencies as recently as 2018, but the past few months, fans have grown worried again about her mental state, even starting a social media movement called #FreeBritney that aims to remove her from the control of her father

Spears has denied the conspiracy theories, saying speculation about her life has “gotten out of control.”

Jennifer Lopez got her big break when she starred in the 1997 movie “Selena,” about the murdered Chicana singer.
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The singer, actress, and dancer got her start dancing in music videos, like Janet Jackson’s 1993 video for “That’s The Way Love Goes.” Lopez also appeared on the popular sketch show “In Living Color” as a dancer, but really got her big break playing Tejana singer Selena in the 1997 biopic. 

She dropped her debut album, “On the 6,” in 1999. Much like Spears, Lopez’s debut single “If You Had My Love” became an instant hit, and made the singer a household name.


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