Nicole Scherzinger

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Nicole Scherzinger
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Scherzinger attending's album wrap party in Hollywood, August 2012
Nicole Prascovia Elikolani Valiente

(1978-06-29) June 29, 1978 (age 42)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • television personality
Years active1997–present
Musical career
Associated acts
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Nicole Scherzinger ( /ˈʃɜːrzɪŋər/ ; born Nicole Prascovia [lower-alpha 1] Elikolani Valiente; [1] June 29, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter and television personality. She began her career with performances in plays throughout her adolescence before pursuing a musical career with American rock band Days of the New. She later found modest success in 2001 upon winning a place in Eden's Crush, a girl group created through The WB's Popstars .


Scherzinger achieved mainstream recognition when cast as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, which released the albums PCD (2005) and Doll Domination (2008), becoming one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. Scherzinger's prominent role was a point of contention within the group and factor in its eventual dissolution in 2009. Her solo career has included two studio albums– Killer Love (2011) and Big Fat Lie (2014)—to moderate success; the former includes the number-one single "Don't Hold Your Breath".

Scherzinger subsequently ventured into television winning Dancing with the Stars (2010) and serving as a judge on multiple television talent shows like The Sing-Off (2009-2010), Australia's Got Talent (2019) and most notably The X Factor UK (2012-2017) for four series. She has served as a panelist on The Masked Singer since the competition's 2019 debut and has reunited with the Pussycat Dolls[ when? ] for an upcoming tour. As an actress, Scherzinger made her West End debut in a 2014 revival of the musical Cats , for which she received a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical and starred in the television film, Dirty Dancing (2017).

Throughout her career, Scherzinger has sold over 16 million records as an artist, [5] 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. [6]

Early life

Scherzinger was born Nicole Prascovia Elikolani Valiente on June 29, 1978, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Alfonso Valiente of Filipino descent and Rosemary Elikolani Frederick [7] of Native Hawaiian, Ukrainian and Polish descent. [8] [5] Her mother considered abortion, as Scherzinger was conceived when she was 17. [9] Alfonso left the family when Nicole was two years old. [5] Rosemary then married German-American Gary Scherzinger, who adopted Nicole, and whose surname she eventually took. She has a younger sister, Keala. [10] At age six, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky, [10] where her mother was a clerk, and her step-father was a welder. [11] 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 amusement park, Kentucky Kingdom. [11] [10] With her grandfather a priest, [12] 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 mother proud. [13]

At the age of 14, she enrolled in the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she was cast in her first professional play, La Bête. [14] 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." [10] In 2007, she was inducted to DuPont Manual Alumni's Hall of Fame as one of the youngest inductees. [15] Since 2013, Scherzinger has endowed YPAS with a yearly $2,000, namesake scholarship. [16] After earning a scholarship, she attended Wright State University and majored in theatre arts with a dance minor. [15] During this period, Scherzinger garnered the lead roles in regional productions of the musicals Chicago , Guys and Dolls , and Show Boat . [14] 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." [17] The album's supporting tour followed, which led Scherzinger to drop out of college. [18] Towards the tour's conclusion, Meeks stated that the two grew apart creatively, claiming she "didn't seem to understand music very well" but noted she is an "amazing entertainer." [17] In 2018, Scherzinger received the 2017 Alumna of the Year Award from the Wright State Alumni Association. [19]


2001–2002: Eden's Crush

In 2001, Scherzinger's mother saw a commercial for the WB's show Popstars USA , [10] a reality series with the aim to chronicle the group's formation until the recording of their debut album, [20] 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. [21] Initially reluctant to audition, Scherzinger later opted otherwise as she saw it as an opportunity to travel to Los Angeles. [10] 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. [22] 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. [23] Their debut studio album, Popstars (2001), debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart. [24] 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. [25] During this time,, front man of The Black Eyed Peas, approached Scherzinger to become a member of the group, but her then-boyfriend, Nick Hexum declined. [26] 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). [27] [28]

2003–2009: The Pussycat Dolls

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The Pussycat Dolls performing on tour in 2006

In August 2003, opting for a solo recording contract, Scherzinger traveled to Arista Records office in New York with a demo CD of her own written material under her Hawaiian family name Nicole Kea. 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. [29] After recommended Scherzinger to Iovine, [26] 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. [28] [30] 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. [30] The album was preceded by "Don't Cha", which became their international breakthrough, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. [31] 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. [32]

In February 2006, Scherzinger signed a global publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group, which would cover her future songwriting. [33] 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. [34] 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. [30] [35] Four singles were released from the project—"Whatever U Like" featuring T.I., "Baby Love" featuring, "Supervillain", and "Puakenikeni"—however, all failed to make any significant impact on the Billboard charts, [30] although "Baby Love" was a moderate success in international territories. After a number of push backs, [28] 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. [36] [37]

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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. [38] 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. [39] Both songs were originally recorded for Scherzinger's solo effort. [40] The following year, the group embarked the worldwide Doll Domination Tour, which began on January 18, 2009. [41] While on tour, Scherzinger was asked to re-write the pop version of "Jai Ho" from the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). [42] 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. [43] 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. [44] On April 5, 2009, Scherzinger performed "America the Beautiful" at Wrestlemania XXV, at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. [45] After the tour concluded in August 2009, the group announced a hiatus to further pursue solo careers. [46] 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 . [47] She returned for the second season before being replaced by Sara Bareilles. [48]

2010–2013: The X Factor and Killer Love

In May 2010, Scherzinger and her dance partner Derek Hough won the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars . [49] In July 2010, Scherzinger served as a guest judge on the British X Factor , where she helped form One Direction. [50] Her stint was "well-received by viewers and producers." [51] The following month, she portrayed Maureen in Neil Patrick Harris' Hollywood Bowl production of the rock musical Rent . [52] Her performance in the musical received praise from critics, [53] Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "Scherzinger's powerhouse voice was meant for venues like the Bowl." [54] In October 2010, Scherzinger released "Poison" as the lead single from the album, which peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart, [55] and announced her departure from the Pussycat Dolls to focus on her solo career. [56]

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Scherzinger arriving at The X Factor auditions in Newark, New Jersey

Her debut album, Killer Love , was released on March 21, 2011 in the United Kingdom. [57] On the UK Albums Chart the album debuted and peaked at number eight and by November it sold over 140,000 copies. [58] 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 its third single "Right There" reached number three. [55] "Right There" was remixed to feature 50 Cent and peaked at number thirty-nine, remaining her highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist. [59] It was released as the lead single for the US version of Killer Love, [60] however after a number of delays, the release was never materialized. [58]

Initially hired to co-host with Steve Jones the first season of the American X Factor, [61] Scherzinger's eventual replacement of Cheryl Cole amidst the audition stages as a judge caused controversy. [62] She later received backlash and death threats after sending the result to deadlock in the quarter-final, which resulted in Rachel Crow's elimination. [63] She mentored the Over 30s; her final act, Josh Krajcik, was named the runner-up of the season. [64] 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. [65] Meanwhile, Killer Love was re-released with four additional songs, including the fifth and final single, "Try with Me". [66]

In February 2012, she embarked on her first headlining tour in the United Kingdom, [67] and later briefly appeared in Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black 3 . [68] In June 2012, she was confirmed as a judge for the ninth series of the British X Factor for a reported salary of $1.17 million. [69] Scherzinger mentored the Boys category; both of her acts, James Arthur and Jahméne Douglas, reached the final, with Arthur winning the series. [70] Scherzinger sang "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" at the Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years tribute show. [71] In March 2013, Scherzinger released "Boomerang", which debuted and peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart; [72] after its lackluster success, the associated album was scrapped. [73] Scherzinger returned as judge on The X Factor for its tenth series for a reported salary of $2.3 million. [74]

2014–2018: Big Fat Lie and television ventures

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Scherzinger in Moscow, Russia at a soundcheck, 2018

In February 2014, Scherzinger announced that she signed a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment and RCA Records for a reported $4.5 million. [75] [76] Scherzinger's second studio album, Big Fat Lie was released in October 2014. It experienced lackluster sales on the UK Albums Chart, which led to her eventual departure from the label the following year. [77] The album was preceded by the singles "Your Love", "Run" and "On the Rocks." [78] "Your Love" peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart and was a moderate success on other international markets. [79] 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; [80] 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. [81] 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. [82]

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. [83] 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. [84] [85] 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. [86] 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. [86] After a 3-year break from The X Factor UK, Scherzinger returned as a judge for the thirteenth and fourteenth series, replacing Rita Ora. [87] [88] She voiced Sina in the animated feature Moana , which was released in November 2016 through Walt Disney Pictures. [89] Scherzinger starred as Penny in ABC's television film Dirty Dancing , a remake of the 1987 film of the same name. [90] It premiered on May 24, 2017. [91] Although the movie received negative reviews from critics, Scherzinger's performance received praise. [92] In September 2017, she launched her debut fragrance, Chosen by Nicole Scherzinger. [93] In 2018, Scherzinger had a voice cameo in Ralph Breaks the Internet . [94]

2019–present: The Masked Singer and The Pussycat Dolls reunion

Scherzinger began 2019 with appearing as a panelist on 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. [95] In May 2019, Scherzinger was announced as a judge on the ninth season of Australia's Got Talent . [96] Between October to December 2019, she appeared as judge on The X Factor spin-off's Celebrity and The Band . [97] [98] On the finale of The X Factor: Celebrity, the Pussycat Dolls, consisting of Sutta, Bachar, Roberts, Scherzinger, and Wyatt, reunited with a live medley performance of their previous singles and their new song, "React". [99] British media regulator Ofcom received over 400 complaints from viewers who criticized the band's perceived provocative nature of their performance. [100]

The 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. [101] The Pussycat Dolls' "React" was released in the same month, to moderate success. [102]

Upcoming projects

Scherzinger along with the Pussycat Dolls are committed on embarking their tour, once the COVID-19 pandemic is over. [103] Scherzinger has joined the cast of the upcoming Netflix original anime series, Trese , which will premiere on June 10, 2021. [104]



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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. [105] [106] 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." [106] She revealed, Houston's "The Greatest Love of All" was the song that made her want to do music. [107] As she grew older she also listened to artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Roberta Flack, Sade, Alanis Morissette, and Tina Turner. [105] 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 . [108] 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. [109] 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." [105]

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. [110] During the recording process, she stated that Sam Smith's 2014 album In the Lonely Hour inspired her to get "emotionally raw." [111] 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. [112] The music video of the song "Right There" featured Hawaiian and Tahitian fashion and dance moves. [113] Stylistically, Scherzinger draws inspiration from Jennifer Lopez, Sienna Miller, and Gwen Stefani. [114] During her twenties, Scherzinger tried to emulate Lopez by dying her hair blonde. [115]

Musical style and voice

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Scherzinger during a performance in 2006

Scherzinger possesses a soprano range. [116] [117] 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. [118] 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 artists. [119] 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." [120] Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian described her vocal performance as "powerful and true," though notes it's "more evident live than on record." [121] Andrew Lloyd Webber praised Scherzinger's recording of "Memory" calling it the "best recording of anything of [his] music ever done." [122]

Scherzinger has called herself a perfectionist when it comes to her releasing music claiming she had decided to shelve five albums, most notably, Her Name Is Nicole. [123] While recording for the album Scherzinger incorporated pop, R&B, hip hop, and rock genres. [124] Her intent was to differentiate herself from her role as the lead vocalist of the Pussycat Dolls and establish herself as a solo artist. [125] Her debut album, Killer Love skewed towards Europop and explored new genres such as, dance and electronic. [120] [126] The album consists two-thirds of up-tempo songs and one-third ballads. [119] In Big Fat Lie Scherzinger returned to "various pop and dance tropes familiar from the past decade or so of American pop." [127] The themes of the album revolve around fame, love, sex, relationship issues, [128] and addresses her struggles with bulimia. [129]

Scherzinger selects to record songs that would lend themselves to being performed live. [130] 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." [131] While reviewing Scherzinger's tour Sullivan of The Guardian wrote that she is "able to out-dance her four dancers." [121] Rolling Stone magazine readers voted Scherzinger as their ninth Favorite Dancing Musician. [132] 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." [5]

Public image

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Scherzinger in 2019

Scherzinger is best known as the lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls and is credited with leading the group into becoming one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time, selling over 55 million records worldwide. [133] Her prominent role was met with criticism from critics and her fellow members. [134] [135] Despite being the only member who achieved mainstream recognition, Scherzinger has struggled to develop a successful solo career, specifically in her native country. [127] According to Billboard, the cancellation of Her Name Is Nicole in 2007 hampered Scherzinger's solo career, [136] while both of her albums—Killer Love (2011) and Big Fat Lie (2014)—were released in territories except the United States. Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine characterized Scherzinger as "the least distinctive diva of the new millennium." [127]

Writing for The Daily Telegraph , Adam White has described Scherzinger's career as "a perfect case study in all the right ingredients not automatically producing a great result;" [...] she's never taken off as a pop star in her own right, instead achieving greater visibility and success as a reality TV judge and spokesperson for products." [118] Nick Duerden of The Independent described Scherzinger as the "ultimate modern celebrity" thanks to her work with the Pussycat Dolls, her television ventures and her publicized personal life. He opined that despite her possessing natural talents, she doesn't have "Lady Gaga's edge, Katy Perry's chutzpah nor Rihanna's élan" adding her "drive, passion, [and] unstinting commitment to succeed" is what sets her apart from other singers. [18]

Scherzinger has developed an image as a sex symbol and "one of the hottest women on the planet." [137] Since 2006 she has been featured on FHM 's "100 Sexiest Women" list peaking at number nine in 2011 and 2014. [138] In 2012, VH1 ranked her eighth on their list of "100 Sexiest Artists", [139] while Complex magazine ranked her twenty-ninth on their list of "The 100 Hottest Female Singers of All Time". [140]

Personal life

Scherzinger considers herself shy and keeps her personal life to herself and declines to answer questions in interviews that pertain to her relationships. [12] [10] When asked, Scherzinger states, "My music is the only place I'm open about it." [12] Scherzinger was engaged to Nick Hexum, lead singer of 311, whom she dated from 2000 to 2004. [141] Scherzinger commenced a high-profile relationship with Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, after meeting at the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards in Munich. [142] Their on and off relationship of seven years was a tabloid fixture in the British press. [143] [144] They separated for the final time in February 2015. [145] In 2016, she was involved in a romantic relationship with Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov that ended in early 2019. [146] It was announced in January 2020 that Scherzinger had begun a relationship with former Scottish rugby player Thom Evans. [146]

In late 2012, Scherzinger spoke of her experiences with bulimia at the height of the popularity of The Pussycat Dolls. She struggled with body dysmorphia before an early photoshoot with the group triggered her bulimic behavior, which lasted nearly a decade. She eventually overcame the disorder through therapists and life coaches. [18]

Scherzinger endorsed Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign; she appeared in the music video for's song, "Yes We Can" (2008), which was inspired by Obama's speech after the 2008 New Hampshire primary. [147] She has taken a public anti-abortion stance, [148] and avoids identifying herself as a feminist. She says instead, "I'm just for women. I'm also for the human race in general." [13] She is a supporter of LGBTQ rights [149] 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." [150]


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 that benefited people affected by the tragedy. [151] [152] In October 2010, she portrayed Trixie at the 35th anniversary concert of The Rocky Horror Picture Show that raised money for the Painted Turtle, a Hole in the Wall Foundation camp for kids with serious medical conditions. [153] 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. [154] 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. [155] She later performed "Brave" with the SU2C choir for Stand Up 2 Cancer to raise money for cancer research on October 17, 2014. [156]

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. [157] 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's non-profit foundation, Foundation. [158] 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. [159]

Other ventures


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. [160] A collaboration with online fashion retailer Missguided was released in March 2014, where she designed a 30-piece range. [161] Their collaboration helped the retailer increase profit by 70%. [162]


In cooperation with Unilever, Scherzinger recorded Duran Duran's "Rio" (1982). [163] In December 2011, Scherzinger began endorsing the imPress Nails manicure line and has her own signature series. [164] [165] From 2012 to 2014, Scherzinger was the ambassador for Herbal Essences . [166] In March 2013, she was announced as an ambassador for British Airways promoting first class routes to Moscow. [167] 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. [168] In September 2014, Scherzinger joined Proactiv+ as the new celebrity ambassador for the skin care company. [169]

On November 29, 2016 Scherzinger was announced as the new face of Perfectil, a vitamin product. [170] She featured in a television commercial for Vitabiotics' new Perfectil advertising campaign in March 2017. [171]



Awards and nominations

AwardYear [lower-alpha 2] Recipient(s) and nominee(s)CategoryResultRef.
ASCAP Pop Music Awards
"Buttons"Most Performed SongsWon
The Asian Awards
Nicole ScherzingerOutstanding Achievement in MusicWon
BMI Pop Awards
"Buttons"Award-Winning SongWon
Cosmopolitan Awards
Nicole ScherzingerUltimate Fun Fearless FemaleWon
Nicole ScherzingerUltimate TV PersonalityWon
Glamour Awards
Nicole ScherzingerTV PersonalityWon [177]
Grammy Awards 'Stickwitu" Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
Harvard Foundation
Nicole ScherzingerCultural Rhythms Artist of the YearWon
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 [181]
MTV Italian Music Awards
Nicole ScherzingerBest LookNominated
MTV Video Music Awards "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" Best Choreography Nominated
National Television Awards The X FactorBest TV JudgeNominated
People's Choice Awards Nicole ScherzingerFavorite Pop ArtistShortlisted
Spike Video Game Awards
"GoldenEye"Best Song in a GameNominated
Teen Choice Awards Men in Black 3 Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer Nominated
Nicole ScherzingerChoice Selfie TakerNominated
World Music Awards
Nicole ScherzingerBest Female ArtistNominated [188]
Nicole ScherzingerBest Live ActNominated [189]
Nicole ScherzingerBest Entertainer of the YearNominated [190]
"Fino all'estasi"Best SongNominated [191]
Virgin Media Music Awards
Nicole ScherzingerHottest FemaleNominated [192]

See also


  1. Although some sources write it as "Prescovia", [1] it is spelled "Prascovia". [2] [3] [4]
  2. Indicates the year of ceremony. Each year is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.

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"Buttons" is a song recorded by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls from their debut studio album PCD (2005). It was written by Sean Garrett, Jamal Jones, Jason Perry and group member Nicole Scherzinger and produced by the former two alongside Ron Fair. A remix version featuring American rapper Snoop Dogg was released as a digital download on April 11, 2006 as the album's fourth single. It is a hip hop-influenced pop and R&B track that features synthesizers and a Middle Eastern rhythm, with the group pleading a reluctant man to help them undress whilst adopting a submissive stance.

Jessica Sutta American singer, dancer, songwriter and actress

Jessica Lynn Sutta, also known by her nickname J Sutta, is an American singer, dancer, and actress who is best known as a member of the pop girl group The Pussycat Dolls.

The Pussycat Dolls American girl group and dance ensemble

The Pussycat Dolls are an American girl group and dance ensemble, founded in Los Angeles, California, by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995 as a burlesque troupe. At the suggestion of Jimmy Iovine, Antin decided to take the burlesque troupe mainstream as a pop group. Antin negotiated a record deal with Interscope Geffen A&M Records in 2003 turning the group into a music franchise comprising Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton, and Kimberly Wyatt. Their debut single, "Sway", was featured on the soundtrack of the 2004 film Shall We Dance?

Nicole Scherzinger discography

American singer Nicole Scherzinger has released two studio albums, and twenty-eight singles. She came into prominence in the early 2000s as a member of the ill-fated girl-group Eden's Crush and then was cast as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, a burlesque troupe turned-recording group. She has sold over 60 million records as a solo artist and as a member of the Pussycat Dolls.

Baby Love (Nicole Scherzinger song) 2007 single by Nicole Scherzinger and

"Baby Love" is a song recorded by American singer Nicole Scherzinger. The song was produced by and features The artists co-wrote the song with Kara DioGuardi and Keith Harris. "Baby Love" was released from September 18, 2007 by A&M and Interscope Records, as the mixed single from Scherzinger's unreleased debut studio album, Her Name Is Nicole. The folk-inspired R&B ballad is about a person's first premature love with someone.

Whatever U Like 2007 single by Nicole Scherzinger featuring T.I.

"Whatever U Like" is the debut solo single by American singer Nicole Scherzinger, featuring rapper T.I.. The duo, along with Sean Garrett and Polow da Don, composed the song for Scherzinger's planned debut studio album Her Name Is Nicole. Interscope Records released "Whatever U Like" as Scherzinger's solo debut single on July 30, 2007.

When I Grow Up (The Pussycat Dolls song) 2008 single by The Pussycat Dolls

"When I Grow Up" is a song by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls from their second studio album Doll Domination (2008). It was released by Interscope Records on May 27, 2008, as the lead single from the album. "When I Grow Up" was their first single following the departure of the group's longest-standing member Carmit Bachar. The song was originally written with Britney Spears in mind, but her label rejected it. It was first recorded for Nicole Scherzinger's planned solo project, Her Name Is Nicole, but after its cancellation and Scherzinger's return to the group, she felt that the song was better suited for the group. It was written by Theron Thomas, Timothy Thomas and Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, who also produced the song. It is an uptempo electropop and R&B song. It samples the 1966 song, "He's Always There" by British rock band The Yardbirds. "When I Grow Up" speaks about the desire to be famous, and was described as being "autobiographical" by Scherzinger.

<i>Doll Domination</i> 2008 studio album by the Pussycat Dolls

Doll Domination is the second studio album by American girl group the Pussycat Dolls, released on September 19, 2008 by Interscope Records. The album's release was preceded by the departure of the group's longest-standing member Carmit Bachar. Development began in February 2008 where the group worked with previous collaborators Sean Garrett, Polow da Don and Timbaland and new ones such as Darkchild, J-Roc and Chase N Cashe. Polow da Don, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg also make guest performances on the album. Several songs on Doll Domination were originally recorded for the lead singer Nicole Scherzinger's debut solo album, Her Name is Nicole, which was shelved after the under-performance of its preceding singles.

Bottle Pop 2009 single by the Pussycat Dolls (either solo or featuring Snoop Dogg or Devolo)

"Bottle Pop" is a song by American girl group the Pussycat Dolls from their second studio album, Doll Domination (2008) and was written and produced by Sean Garrett and Fernando Garibay with additional songwriting by lead singer Nicole Scherzinger. Musically it consists of "breathy vocals, funky electronica and sexual innuendo" and has been compared to works of Ciara, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stefani. While the original album version featured American rapper Snoop Dogg, whom they previously collaborated with in "Buttons" (2006), an alternative version without Snoop Dogg was also released. Additionally a second version featuring rapper Devolo was released in New Zealand on February 23, 2009, and the following month in Australia and Germany.

I Hate This Part 2008 single by the Pussycat Dolls

"I Hate This Part" is a song by American girl group the Pussycat Dolls from their second album, Doll Domination (2008). The song was written by Wayne Hector, Lucas Secon, Jonas Jeberg, Mich Hansen and produced by the latter two along with Ron Fair and Nicole Scherzinger. It was initially recorded for Scherzinger's planned solo project, Her Name Is Nicole, but after its cancellation the song was placed in the group's second album. "I Hate This Part" was released on October 14, 2008 as the second international single and impacted contemporary hit radio stations on October 20, 2008 as the fourth single in the United States by Interscope Records. "I Hate This Part" is a dance/R&B-influenced pop ballad which ditches the Doll's usual sexual image in favor of introspection. Lyrically the song is about the conversation before a breakup.

Hush Hush; Hush Hush 2009 single by The Pussycat Dolls

"Hush Hush; Hush Hush" is the remix of "Hush Hush", a song by American female group The Pussycat Dolls. The track was written by Andreas Romdhane, Josef Larossi, Ina Wroldsen, Nicole Scherzinger, Dino Fekaris, and Freddie Perren and produced by the former two alongside Ron Fair and Dave Audé is included on the reissues of the group's second album Doll Domination (2008). It was released on May 12, 2009 by Interscope Records as the album's seventh overall and final single. It is also the group's final release before their disbandment in 2010 until they reformed in 2019. Originally a ballad on the album, the song was remixed for its release as a single with a more uptempo disco-influenced production and interpolation of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" (1978) with lyrics alluding to a doomed relationship.

Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) 2009 single by A. R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls

"Jai Ho! " is a song by Indian composer A. R. Rahman and American girl group The Pussycat Dolls, recorded for the re-release of the group's second studio album Doll Domination (2008) and their EP Doll Domination – The Mini Collection (2009). It was released on February 23, 2009, by Interscope Records as the fourth single from the album and is an English remake of the original Hindi song "Jai Ho" which is taken from the soundtrack to the hit film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). The remake was conceived by record executives Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair who tasked the Dolls' lead singer Nicole Scherzinger with creating a pop record that did not deviate from the original melody. Iovine and Fair also asked a number of other writers to create interpretations of the song including Brick & Lace, The Writing Camp and Ester Dean. The final English version of "Jai Ho" was dubbed "Jai Ho! " and is sometimes also referred to as the "RF Mix" or "Ron Fair" Remix.

<i>Killer Love</i> 2011 studio album by Nicole Scherzinger

Killer Love is the debut solo studio album by American singer Nicole Scherzinger. It was released on March 18, 2011, by Interscope Records, in association with its affiliated record labels. Scherzinger had been working on a solo album since 2005, under the title Her Name Is Nicole and was originally due for release in 2007. However, unsuccessful singles and poor timing led the project being pushed back numerous times. After releasing The Pussycat Dolls' second studio album Doll Domination (2008), Scherzinger shelved the project entirely citing bad timing and creative issues as the reasons for its cancellation. Many of its songs were reassigned to the Dolls or other artists. In 2010, Moroccan producer RedOne was brought on board for a second attempt at launching her solo album.

Right There (Nicole Scherzinger song) 2011 single by Nicole Scherzinger

"Right There" is a song recorded by American singer Nicole Scherzinger for her debut studio album, Killer Love (2011). Written by Ester Dean, Frank Romano, Daniel Morris and co-written and produced by Jim Jonsin, the Island-flavored midtempo pop song sees Scherzinger singing about her lover and telling other women to stay away. "Right There" first impacted radio as Scherzinger's third international single on April 1, 2011, after previous singles met success in the United Kingdom. "Right There" was Scherzinger's third consecutive top three single from her debut album. The song was then re-released on May 17, 2011 in the United States, as Killer Love's lead single, and was remixed to feature two new verses from American rapper 50 Cent. It has reached over 160 million views on YouTube making it Vevo certified.

Boomerang (Nicole Scherzinger song) 2013 single by Nicole Scherzinger

"Boomerang" is a song by American singer Nicole Scherzinger, originally intended for her then-upcoming second studio album. It was written by Azengo, Morgan Jackson, Danny Mercer, Anthony Preston, and Sandy Wilhelm, with production by Wilhelm under his production name of Sandy Vee, Preston, and The song was released as a single on March 8, 2013 by Interscope. It is a dance and pop song with uplifting lyrics that speak about coming back up when you get knocked down, with music critics drawing comparions to "Stronger " by Kelly Clarkson. Critical reception of the former from critics was mixed, with criticism for the simple lyrics but praise for the chorus being catchy.

Nicole Scherzinger videography

American recording artist Nicole Scherzinger has been appeared various music videos, films, television series and programs. Scherzinger first appeared on television as a contestant and eventually a member Eden's Crush on Popstars USA; a show aimed to find new talent to form a group. Following the band's dissolution in 2002, 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).

<i>Doll Domination – The Mini Collection</i> 2009 EP by The Pussycat Dolls

Doll Domination – The Mini Collection is the second extended play (EP) by American girl group the Pussycat Dolls. It was released on May 24, 2009 by Interscope Records. The EP is an extension of the group's second studio album, Doll Domination (2008), including some previously released singles, such as "When I Grow Up", "Whatcha Think About That" and "I Hate This Part," as well as three new songs. The Mini Collection was one of several reissues released throughout 2009 as further promotion for the Doll Domination era, being released in between the European and Australasian legs of the group's Doll Domination Tour. It debuted at number nine on both the Scottish Albums Chart and UK Albums Chart, and would go on to be certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales of at least 100,000 in the UK.

Your Love (Nicole Scherzinger song) 2014 single by Nicole Scherzinger

"Your Love" is a song recorded by American singer Nicole Scherzinger for her second studio album Big Fat Lie (2014). It was written by Terius "The-Dream" Nash and C. "Tricky" Stewart and produced by the duo alongside Godz of Analog, with vocal production provided by Bart Schoudel. The song was released on May 30, 2014 by RCA Records as the lead single marking its first release since signing a deal with Sony Music Entertainment.


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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