Seventeen-year-old Avril Lavigne took the charts by storm in 2002 with her pop-punk songs and rebellious sense of style. Born in 1984 in Ontario, Canada, the singer-songwriter won a contest to perform on stage with Shania Twain at 15 and signed her first recording contract at 16. Debut album ‘Let Go,’ went multiplatinum and featured the smash singles ‘Complicated’ and ‘Sk8ter Boi.’ Her musical success continued with her subsequent full-length releases, ‘Under My Skin’ and ‘The Best Damn Thing.’ A short-lived break from recording and touring saw Avril pursuing acting opportunities and succesful turns with clothing and fragrance lines. Her marriage to Sum 41 lead singer Deryck Whibley in 2006 ended in divorce in 2010. Lavigne wed Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger in July 2013.
Selected discography: ‘Let Go’ (2002), ‘The Best Damn Thing’ (2007), ‘Avril Lavigne’ (2013)
Related artists: Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Pink
Further reading: See Avril Lavigne’s Style Evolution, Avril Lavigne Reveals ‘Health Issues’, Avril Lavigne + Demi Lovato Are Twinsies