Published On: Mar 26 2012 02:09:46 PM EDTUpdated On: Mar 26 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT
Mariah Carey's self-titled debut album was the best-selling album in the United States in 1991. Carey followed that success with multi platinum-selling albums such as "Emotions" and "Music Box."
After a struggling career in the early 2000s, Carey came back strong with the 2005 album "The Emancipation of Mimi." After the poor reception and performance of her first movie, 2001's "Glitter," she has also returned to acting, receiving positive reviews and awards for her supporting role in 2009's "Precious." She also appeared in 2013's "The Butler." She also spent 2013 as a judge on the 12th season of "American Idol" and released her 14th studio album, "Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse," in May 2014.
Weezer crashed onto the music scene in 1994 with their self-titled debut album, which became known as "The Blue Album" due to its cover. The simple cover featured (from left to right) Patrick Wilson, Rivers Cuomo, Matt Sharp, and Brian Bell. The album, including the singles "Undone – The Sweater Song," "Buddy Holly" and "Say It Ain't So," made the group the kings of nerd rock.
Two decades later, Weezer released their ninth studio album, "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," in October 2014. Enigmatic frontman Rivers Cuomo, in his mid-twenties when Weezer released their first album, is now 44. He is seen here performing with Weezer at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 20, 2014.
For a while in 1994-95, it was nearly impossible to turn on a radio without hearing one of Hootie & the Blowfish's hits, including "Hold My Hand," "Let Her Cry" and "Only Wanna Be with You." The roots rock band was fronted by lead singer Darius Rucker.
While the band released four follow-up records, it never recaptured the success it saw with its 1994 debut "Cracked Rear View." With the band currently on indefinite hiatus, Rucker has found a second act as a country singer. He first released a solo R&B album in 2002, but later signed to Capitol Records Nashville and released his first country album in 2008. His first single off that album, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," made him the first black artist to chart a No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts since Charley Pride in 1983. He has since recorded the No. 1 country hits "It Won't Be Like This for Long," "Alright," "Come Back Song," "This" and "Wagon Wheel," the last a Grammy-winner off his third country album, 2013's "True Believers." His next album, "Southern Style," is scheduled for a March 31, 2015, release.
MC Hammer was a flamboyant on-stage performer with flashy dance moves and hit songs such as "U Can't Touch This" and "Too Legit to Quit."
After filing for bankruptcy in 1996, Hammer has maintained a family life with a wife and five children. While he hasn't released an album since 2009's "DanceJamthemusic," he has occasionally released singles over the past few years. He also started Alchemist Management, a mixed martial arts management company, and a related clothing line called Alchemist Clothing in July 2010. He's seen here performing at the International Entertainment Buyers Association 2014 Conference on Sept. 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1993, the 4 Non Blondes broke through with the hit "What's Up?," often mistakenly called "What's Going On?" due to that line being repeated in the chorus. The song would be their one and only hit, with lead singer and guitarist Linda Perry (second from right) leaving the band in 1994 for a solo career. The rest of the band disbanded shortly after.
Perry released solo albums in 1995 and 1999 and formed a new band, Deep Dark Robot, which released an album in March 2011. She has also founded two record labels and produced and wrote hit songs for artists like Christina Aguilera ("Beautiful'), Pink ("Get the Party Started") and Gwen Stefani ("What You Waiting For?"). She began a relationship with former "Roseanne" actress Sara Gilbert in 2011 and the two married on March 30, 2014.
Bell Biv DeVoe, which was made up of New Edition members (from left to right) Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe and Michael Bivins, released its debut album "Poison" in 1990. The album, which spawned the hits "Poison," "Do Me!" and "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?," was credited with pioneering the "New Jack Swing" sound of the early '90s, combining hip-hop, funk, soul and pop music. Bell Biv Devoe also released two more albums, "Hootie Mack" in 1993 and "BBD" in 2001.
Although the group hasn't released an album since 2001, they continue to perform together. In May 2013, they performed their hit song "Poison" for a benefit concert to raise money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. In October 2014, they joined with the likes of Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson to perform at the 3rd Annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show in Hollywood to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb launched her career in 1994 with the song "Stay (I Missed You)" from the "Reality Bites" soundtrack. The song hit No. 1 before she even had a record deal. She went on to release her Gold-certified debut album, "Tails," in 1995.
Loeb has released a total of nine studio albums, including three children's albums and her most recent album, 2013's "No Fairy Tale." Loeb has also worked in film (including "House on Haunted Hill" and "Fright Night"), made cameos on TV shows, done voice-over work and appeared in the reality TV series "Dweezil & Lisa" and "Number 1 Single." In 2010, she founded the Lisa Loeb Eyewear Collection, which is based on her own designs.
In 1990, Vanilla Ice's song "Ice Ice Baby" became the first hip hop single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His debut album, "To the Extreme," became the fastest selling hip hop album of all time, spent 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 11 million copies.
The rapper, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, struggled to find another hit and began using ecstasy, cocaine and heroin in the mid-1990s. After a suicide attempt, he took a break from music, focusing on motocross and jet skiing and then started working on the side renovating and selling houses. When he returned to music in 1998, he came with a new sound that combined heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop. In 2009, he began hosting "The Vanilla Ice Project" on DIY Network. His latest album, "W.T.F. (Wisdom, Tenacity And Focus)," was released in August 2011. In mid 2013, Vanilla Ice joined the New Kids on the Block tour alongside Boyz II Men, playing to sold out crowds. He also performed at the halftime show of a Houston Texans game in September 2013.
The Backstreet Boys formed in 1993 with (from left to right) A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter. Seen here is their 1996 self-titled debut album.
The Backstreet Boys are seen here in January 2015 at the premiere of their first documentary, titled "Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of." The band reunited in 2005 after a three-year break. In 2011, they joined forces with fellow boy band New Kids on the Block for a tour. In 2013, they celebrated their 20th anniversary and released their first independent album, "In a World Like This." They also made a cameo as themselves in the movie "This Is The End," winning a MTV Movie Award for "Best Musical Moment."
Rapper Freedom Williams was the voice behind C+C Music Factory's big hits, including "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" and "Things That Make You Go Hmmm..." He also released his solo debut, "Freedom," in 1993.
Now 49, Williams has continued working, writing solo material and performing. He released a new record in May 2010 and wrote and directed a short film called "Freedom Williams' Life Goes On" in 2011.
Trent Reznor was a rock god in the 1990s, with his group Nine Inch Nails releasing "Pretty Hate Machine" in 1989 and "The Downward Spiral" in 1994, which Rolling Stone ranked No. 200 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
With Nine Inch Nails taking a few years off starting in 2009, Reznor focused on scoring films, including his work on David Fincher's "The Social Network," which won Reznor and musician Atticus Ross an Oscar in 2011. The duo also reunited with Fincher to score "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Gone Girl." He ended Nine Inch Nails' hiatus in 2013, releasing the band's eighth studio album, "Hesitation Marks," and launching a worldwide tour.
Will Smith was one half of the rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince with hits such as 1991's "Summertime." Smith moved on to a solo music career and earned two Grammy awards for his 1997 album "Big Willie Style."
Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith have two children, Willow and Jaden, both of whom have followed their parents into Hollywood careers. He's had a successful film career headlining films such as "Men in Black," "I, Robot" and "I Am Legend," earning Academy Award nominations for his performances in "Ali" and "The Pursuit of Happyness."
Billy Ray Cyrus had breakout success with his 1992 album "Some Gave All," which has sold more than 9 million copies in the United States. His most famous song on the album was the music craze "Achy Breaky Heart."
Cyrus' music career has slowed down since then. While he still is releasing country albums, he has also become an actor, starring in the TV series "Doc" from 2001 to 2004 and then alongside his daughter Miley Cyrus on the huge Disney Channel hit "Hannah Montana" from 2005 to 2011.
Celine Dion achieved international acclaim in the 1990s with a string of hit albums and singles. Dion recorded the theme song to the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic."
Dion has continued her worldwide success in the 2000s and is now the second best-selling female artist of all time. What started in March 2011 as a three-year residency at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, the second such Vegas residency of her career, was initially extended until 2019, but she suspended all her show business activities in August 2014 due to the worsening of her husband's health after he underwent the removal of a cancerous tumor in December 2013. Before that, she released her 11th English-language studio album, "Loved Me Back to Life," in November 2013.
Justin Timberlake was part of the boy band phenomenon 'NSYNC in the late 1990s and had a much publicized relationship with pop idol Britney Spears.
Timberlake has had a successful career as a solo music artist and actor, including roles in movies such as "The Social Network," "Friends with Benefits," "In Time," "Trouble with the Curve" and "Inside Llewyn Davis." In 2013, he released his third and fourth studio albums, the two-part "The 20/20 Experience," with both albums topping the Billboard 200 album chart. He also reunited with 'NSYNC for a one-off performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in August 2013.
The Spice Girls took the British music scene by storm in the mid-1990s and then found American success with their best-selling single "Wannabe."
The group's members have each pursued their own careers and staged a reunion tour and greatest hits album in 2007. They also performed during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London (pictured). Member Victoria Beckham (far left) has stayed in the spotlight the longest with her marriage to soccer superstar David Beckham.
The three brothers Issac, Taylor, and Zachary (from left to right), formed the pop band Hanson. Their most famous song is the catchy "MMMBop."
The Hanson brothers continue to make music including their most recent album, June 2013's "Anthem."
Megadeth was one of the best-selling heavy metal acts of the 1990s, with 1992's "Countdown to Extinction" reaching No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The band was fronted by singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine (far left.)
Megadeth initially disbanded in 2002 after Mustaine suffered a severe nerve injury to his left arm. However, following extensive physical therapy, Mustaine, now 53, reformed the band in 2004 and they have since released five new albums.
Shania Twain was a crossover country superstar in the 1990s. She has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, including 48 million in the U.S.
Twain, seen here at the Billboard Music Awards in May 2014, remarried in January 2011, to Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud, following her 2008 divorce from record producer Robert "Mutt" Lange. More recently, she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, debuted a reality show for the Oprah Winfrey Network and played two-year Las Vegas residency. On March 4, 2015, she announced she would be going on her first tour in 11 years, starting in June 2015, and plans to release her fifth studio album within a year or so.
Wilson Phillips' "Hold On" was pretty much the soundtrack for 1990, as the group's self-titled debut album sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, making the trio, at the time, the best-selling female group of all time.
Although the group, sisters Wendy and Carnie Wilson along with Chynna Phillips, went their separate ways in the mid-1990s, they reunited in 2010 to record a Christmas album. They also had a cameo in the movie "Bridesmaids" and released a new album, "Dedicated," in April 2012.
Country superstar Garth Brooks enjoyed one of the most successful careers in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s.
Brooks retired in 2001, but returned in December 2009, when he began a five-year concert deal with the Encore Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. He was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2012. He kicked off his first world tour in 13 years with 11 shows in the Chicago area in September 2014 and released his first new studio album since 2001's "Scarecrow" in November 2014.
Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor had one of the biggest hits of the 1990s with her cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U," which received three Grammy nominations and won three MTV Video Music Awards.
The often-controversial O'Connor, now 48, has continued working since the height of her fame. She released her 10th full-length album, "I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss," in August 2014.
Paula Abdul went from Lakers cheerleader to sought-after choreographer before scoring with her own hits starting in 1989, including "Straight Up," "Forever Your Girl," "Cold Hearted" and "Opposites Attract." Her recording success would continue through the mid-1990s.
But Abdul is more famous today for being an "American Idol" judge for eight seasons through 2009. She has struggled to find success post-"Idol" though, seeing her reality TV competition show "Live to Dance" canceled in 2011 after seven episodes and being axed as a judge on Simon Cowell's American version of "The X Factor" after one season. She also served as a judge on the revamped "So You Think You Can Dance Australia," which ran from Feb. 9 through May 1, 2014.