Avril Ramona Lavigne on September 27, 1984 in Belleville, Ontario. Her first name means "April" in French.
Personal Quote :
"I'm not punk, that's a whole other world. If anything I'm more rock or pop."
At the age of sixteen, Avril was signed by Ken Krongard, the A&R rep for Arista Records.
In March 2004, she and Hilary Duff were involved in a little celebrity catfight with Avril caling Hilary a "mommy's girl" and goody two shoes."
Awards and Recognition:
Avril was named "Best New Artist" at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards and was nominated for eight Grammy Awards.
She also won two World Music Awards in 2004 for World's Best Pop/Rock Artist and World's Best Selling Canadian Artist.
Engagement and Wedding News:
In June 2005, she became engaged to Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley. In July 2006, the two were married in Montecito, California in front of 100 of their closest friends.
In July 2005, Avril became tangled in some legal controversy regarding the originality (or lack thereof) for her music. She was accused of ripping off other artist's material for her albums.
Fashion Statement :
Rumor has it that Avril used to travel with a bag full of neck ties to wear on her concert tours. She stopped wearing them in 2003 after realizing that she had unknowingly started some kind of strange trend.
Magazine Acclaim :
She was ranked 92 and 36 on the Maxim Hot 100 List for 2003 and 2005.
She made the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World list in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
In June 2007, she caused a stir with her nearly nude cover shot in Blender magazine.