Avril Lavigne (born Avril Ramona Lavigne, September 27, 1984 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada), is a Juno award-winning and Grammy-award nominated singer, songwriter. In 2002, Lavigne reached mainstream success after her debut single, Complicated, and her debut album Let Go, gained lots of media attention and honourably earned her reputation of a ‘skater punk’ persona and ‘pop punk princess’ when she was only 17 years old.
Since her professional debut, Lavigne’s honors notably are 8 Grammy award nominations as well as 8 Juno awards from 24 nominations. Lavigne is one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the US, with over 11 million copies certified by the RIAA. To date, Lavigne has had 8 Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits, including the best-selling single in 2007, Girlfriend, which was released as the lead single from her third studio album, The Best Damn Thing.
Lavigne has released 5 Top 5 Billboard 200 studio albums:
- Let Go (2002)
- Under My Skin (2004)
- The Best Damn Thing (2007)
- Goodbye Lullaby (2011)
- Avril Lavigne (2013)
As of April 2013, Lavigne has sold more than 30 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide.