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1995's Biggest Stars
The year's biggest stars in film, television, music, and more, will be honored next week at VH1 Big in 2015 With Entertainment Weekly, airing on VH1 on Dec. 7 at 9/8c. In anticipation of the star-studded night, let's rewind 20 years, taking it back to the celebs who ruled the day in 1995.
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Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, were the ultimate girl group in 1995. The singers spent the year dropping cuts off of their sophomore studio album CrazySexyCool, topping charts with the famed single "Waterfalls."
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In August 1995, Coolio dropped the single "Gangsta's Paradise." The track would go on to top charts worldwide, get certified multiplatinum, and serve as an introduction to the rapper's most successful studio album.
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Alanis Morissette taught a course in irony in 1995, dropping her third studio album Jagged Little Pill. The 13-track record went diamond in sales and brought the singer the Grammy for Album of the Year.
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The Boss showed just how much he deserved his title in 1995. The famed performer spent the first half of the year accepting Grammys for his hit single "Streets of Philadelphia," and the following six months readying and releasing his The Ghost of Tom Joad album.
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The year 1995 was a fantasy for Mariah Carey, who dropped her Daydream album in October of that year. The multiplatinum-selling record played host to the singles "Fantasy" and "Always Be My Baby" and earned multiple Grammy nominations.
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Tom Hanks was a busy man in 1995. The acclaimed actor won the Best Actor Oscar in March for his role in 1994's Forrest Gump, returned to the big screen in June in the blockbuster Apollo 13, and became Woody in November with the release of Toy Story.
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Val Kilmer topped the box office in 1995 with the June 16 release of Batman Forever. The superhero flick made $52.78 million in its first weekend, going on to achieve a worldwide gross of $336.5 million.
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At just 15 years old, Christina Ricci was one of the biggest stars of 1995. After rising to fame with her role of Wednesday Addams in 1991's The Addams Family, the young star brought in $287.9 million in Casper, and teamed up with Gaby Hoffmann, Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, and Rosie O'Donnell, among others for October's Now and Then.
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Jim Carrey was box office gold in 1995. After teaming up with Kilmer in the hugely successful Batman Forever, he returned to theaters just months later in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, making $212.38 million worldwide.
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Bruce Willis released three movies in 1995 and made his biggest impact with the May debut of Die Hard: With A Vengeance. The third installment in the action series made $366.1 worldwide, continuing Willis' successful run as John McClane.
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Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan. The actor became 007 for the first time with the 1995 release of GoldenEye. The James Bond movie brought in $352.19 million and launched the Brit's turn as the famed spy.
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Susan Sarandon struck gold in 1995. The veteran star was first nominated at the 1995 Academy Awards ceremony for Best Actress in a Leading Role for 1994's The Client, and earned another nod for 1995's Dead Man Walking, taking home the Best Actress statue the following year.
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The Stars of Frasier
John Mahoney, Jane Leeves, Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, and Peri Gilpin teamed up for NBC's Frasier and took home the award for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 47th Primetime Emmy Awards in September 1995. Grammer also won the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series honors, while Pierce nabbed Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
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Much to the chagrin of Dan Quayle, Candice Bergen was celebrated for her role in CBS' Murphy Brown. The beloved actress won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the 1995 Emmys.
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As Frasier and Murphy Brown dominated on the comedy side, NYPD Blue took home the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 1995. Actress Shirley Knight also won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her turn as Agnes Cantwell in the cop show.