The Backstreet BoysSinger
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida
Best known as: The pop singers of "All I Have to Give" and "I Want It That Way"
The Backstreet Boys' self-titled debut album won them a 1998 Grammy for best new artists of the year. They quickly became one of the hottest pop groups of the late 1990s, a "boy band" that included Alexander "A.J." McLean (b. 9 January 1978), Brian Littrell (b. 20 February 1975), Howard "Howie D." Dorough (b. 22 August 1973), Kevin Richardson (b. 3 October 1972), and Nick Carter (b. 28 January 1980). In their early days, the Backstreets were especially popular with young girls and were rivals to a similar teen group, 'N Sync
. In 2001 the band delayed a world tour while McLean entered a New York clinic for treatment of depression and alcohol abuse. McLean came back, and in later years the band continued to tour with a more grown-up sound. Their albums include Millennium
(1999), Black and Blue
(2000), and Never Gone
(2005). Band members went their separate ways (Carter appeared in a 2006 reality show, The House of Carters
), but regrouped in 2007 (without Richardson) and released the single "Inconsolable," from the album Unbreakable
. They reunited again in 2009 and 2010 to tour.
Carter's younger brother Aaron Carter
has performed with the band and became a pop star in his own right... Aspiring model Angel Carter
is Nick's younger sister and Aaron's twin.
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