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Celebrities born in the year of the Monkey

2016 is the year of the cheeky monkey from the twelve Chinese zodiacs, and the elemental sign for this year is “fire”.

Those born in the year of the Fire Monkey are believed to be ambitious and adventurous, yet irritable.  The last batch of people with Fire Monkey sign is those born in 1956.

Monkey is known to be playful, so those with Monkey sign also possess traits such as curiosity, mischievousness, and cleverness – in short, they are the master of pranks and practical jokes!

Thus, let’s take a look at some international regional and local celebrities who were born in the year of the Monkey, and see if they the traits above fit them!

1. Celine Dion (30 Mar 1968)

After emerging as a teen star in the French-speaking world, Celine Dion gained international recognition in the 1980s by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest where she represented Switzerland. Followed by a series of successes with her French and English albums, she later becomes one of the most successful artists in pop music history. Even until now, Celine Dion remains the best-selling Canadian artist in history and one of the best-selling artists of all time.

2. Demi Lovato (20 Aug 1992)

Made her debut as a child actress in “Barney & Friends”, Demi rose to prominence in the Disney Channel television film “Camp Rock” and later received her own television series, “Sonny with a Chance”. After that, Demi began to focus more on her music career rather than her acting career. She received a number of accolades for her music, including an MTV Video Music Award, thirteen Teen Choice Awards, five People's Choice Awards, two ALMA Awards and a Billboard Touring Award.

3. Selena Gomez (22 Jul 1992)

Also began her career as a child actress in “Barney & Friends”, Selena too came to prominence after being cast in the Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place”. After the conclusion of the show, Selena entered the film industry with star billings in feature films including “Ramona and Beezus”, “Monte Carlo”, “Hotel Transylvania” and “Spring Breakers”. Other than entertainment, Selena has also worked with numerous organizations for charitable causes, and has most notably worked with UNICEF for several years.

4. Nick Jonas (16 Sep 1992)

Best remembered as one of the members of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he formed with his brothers Kevin and Joe. Though the band was initially started as an attempted solo singing career for Nick Jonas, his two brothers ended up joining the band because the producer like it when the three of them sang together. Nevertheless, Nick went on a solo singing career in 2010.

5. Miley Cyrus (23 Nov 1992)

Miley became a teen idol after starring in the Disney Channel television series “Hannah Montana”, as Miley Stewart. She later started to develop a more mature and provocative image which can be seen through her third album “Can’t Be Tamed” and also some of her movie and television appearances in 2011 and 2012. Miley also generated widespread controversy after suddenly changing her image in 2013 while promoting her fourth album “Bangerz” which include top-charts song “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball”.

6. Diana Ross (26 Mar 1944)

Diana rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes which became Motown's most successful act in the 60s. Until today, The Supremes is America's most successful vocal group as well as one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. During that time, Diana Ross is known for rivalling the career of The Beatles in terms of worldwide popularity. She also ventured into acting, gaining a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nominated performance in “Lady Sings the Blues”.

7. Christina Aguilera (18 Dec 1980)

After releasing her self-titled album in 1999, it became a commercial success, and Christina won the Grammy Award for Best New Artiste that year. She then has been widely established as a pop icon and gained the title "Princess of Pop" immediately after her career launch, having sold 17.9 million albums in the United States and 50 million albums worldwide. After a series of successes, she has earned herself numerous awards and accolades, including six Grammy Awards.

8. Alicia Keys (25 Jan 1981)

Alicia Keys’ debut album “Songs in a Minor” was a commercial success, making her the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “Fallin”. Her second studio album, “The Diary of Alicia Keys” was also a global success, earning her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005. Throughout her career, she has sold over 35 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide.

9. Jessica Simpson (10 Jul 1980)

An American singer, songwriter, actress, reality television personality and fashion designer who made her debut in 1999. Since her debut she has made many recordings, starred in several television shows, movies and commercials, launched a line of hair and beauty products, and designed fragrances, shoes and handbags for women. Jessica is probably most known for her sexier version of Nancy Sinatra’s smash hit, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin” which sparked controversy due to the sexual imagery.

10. Kim Kardashian (21 Oct 1980)

Kim Kardashian is a social media personality, actress, socialite and model who first gained media attention through her friendship with Paris Hilton, but received wider notice after her 2003 sex tape with her former boyfriend Ray J was leaked in 2007. In the same year, she and her family began to appear in the reality television series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” which become a huge success, spawning spin-offs like “Kourtney and Kim Take New York” and “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami”.

11. Kylie Minogue (28 May 1968)

Kylie achieved a wide recognition after starring in the Australian soap opera “Neighbours”, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson. Since then, she has been achieving commercial success as a recording artiste, gaining several honorific nicknames such as "Princess of Pop" and "Goddess of Pop". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) recognised Kylie as the highest-selling Australian artist of all time as she had worldwide record sales of more than 80 million.

12. Wilber Pan (6 Aug 1980)

Wilber is an American-born Taiwanese Mandopop singer-songwriter, who started his career as a host of Channel V programs. In 2011, Wilber was awarded Best Leading Actor in a Television Series for “Endless Love” (愛∞無限) at the 46th Golden Bell Awards, the Taiwan's equivalent of Emmy Awards. He then ventured into the business world, launching his own streetwear fashion and also mobile games.

13. Jolin Tsai (15 Sep 1980)

Often referred to as the “Queen of C-pop”, “Asia's Dancing Queen” or “Asian Madonna”, Jolin has achieved great popularity and fame in Greater China and has a dedicated fanbase worldwide. Jolin is also one of the top earners among Taiwanese celebrities, and she has sold more than 23 million albums and won numerous awards across Asia, including Best Mandarin Female Singer and Most Popular Female Singer at the prestigious 18th Golden Melody Awards

14. Joey Yung (16 Jun 1980)

In the 2014 Forbes China Celebrity 100, Joey is ranked number 63, making her the most 'powerful' Hong Kong-based female singer in 2014, earning a total of HKD80 million (10.3 million USD) that year. She has won numerous awards including the prestigious JSG “Most Popular Female Singer” and “Ultimate Best Female Singer – Gold” awards, setting a record breaking of nine times.

15. Noraniza Idris (27 Aug 1968)

Known as the as the Queen of Ethnic Pop in Malaysia, Noraniza is professional of the genre called irama Malaysia, which fuses local traditional genres with Anglo-American pop music. Although she began her career as a small town wedding singer, she later established herself as one of the top female singers in Malaysia during the 90s, alongside SIti Nurhaliza, Ning Baizura, Ziana Zain, Amy Mastura among others. However, most of her music includes references to the revival of traditional Malay music.

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