Stacy Ann Ferguson (born March 27, 1975) better known by her stage name Fergie, is an American pop/R&B singer, songwriter, and actress. She is a former member of the kids’ television series Kids Incorporated, and the girl group Wild Orchid. Ferguson was also a co-host of the television show Great Pretenders. She is currently a vocalist for the hip hop/pop group the Black Eyed Peas, of which she is the sole female member, as well as a solo artist. After two successful Black Eyed Peas albums, Ferguson began pursuing a solo career. Her first album, released on September 19, 2006, was entitled The Dutchess.
The album’s name is a misspelled variant of the former title of Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, with whom Ferguson shares a surname and popular nickname. The solo deal does not mean the demise of the Black Eyed Peas, as Ferguson intends to remain with the group, alternating between the two duties. The Dutchess is similar in style to that of the Black Eyed Peas, as fellow Peas member will.i.am is the album’s executive producer. Ferguson has had five hit songs from The Dutchess, with “London Bridge”, “Glamorous”, and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” becoming number one singles. Her second single, “Fergalicious”, peaked at #2. “London Bridge” reached #2 on the United World Chart, while “Fergalicious” and “Glamorous” both made it to #4. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” became Ferguson’s first worldwide #1 single, and is her most successful single to date. “Clumsy” was announced as the fifth single from The Dutchess after the major international success of “Big Girls Don’t Cry”. Ferguson has received her fifth Top 5 solo track from The Dutchess after “Clumsy” earned at #5 position on the Billboard Hot 100, on 22 December 2007. On November 18, 2007, Ferguson won the Pop or Rock “Favorite Female Artist” at the American Music Awards.