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Melanie Brown, also known as "Mel B," was previously known as "Scary Spice," a member of the all-girl, British pop group the Spice Girls.
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Chosen at an audition,the five members of the Spice Girls--nicknamed Sporty, Scary, Posh, Baby, and Ginger--grew to symbolize “girl power,” and their music’s message struck a chord with thousands of young women.
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Additionally, Brown signed a record deal with EMI Music in 2012.
In August 2012, Brown performed along with other members of the Spice Girls at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, held in London.
In 2013, Brown was announced as the newest judge on America's Got Talent, joining Howie Mandel,
Brown gave birth to her first child, daughter Phoenix Chi Gulzar, in 1999. The custody battle was highly publicized, and though Brown won, she paid an alimony settlement of nearly $2 million to her ex-husband, Jimmy Gulzar.
In October 2006, media outlets began reporting that Brown was having a baby with American actor Eddie Murphy. Brown gave birth to daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown on April 3, 2007, and that June, Eddie Murphy was confirmed as the father through paternity tests.
In 2007, Brown began dating friend and film producer Stephen Belafonte. The couple married that year, and on September 1, 2011, Brown gave birth to their daughter, Madison Brown Belafonte.
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