Can you believe it’s been nearly two decades since Alanis Morissette won a Grammy for “Jagged Little Pill”? In honor of the singer’s 40th birthday, here are five things “You Oughta Know” about Alanis:
1. “So Pure”
Before her music career really got going, she was a part of the cast of an “All That”-style Nickelodeon show called “You Can’t Do That on Television,” appearing in a several episodes back in 1986. She also helped usher in the legendary “slime” that is still used by the network today. In case you don’t believe us:
2. “Too Hot”
Alanis’s self-titled first album earned her a Canadian Juno award for Most Promising Female Artist – the Canadian equivalent of winning a Grammy. The platinum-selling record was pretty different from what we’ve come to know from her, instead focusing on dance pop tracks. Her first single, “Too Hot,” was reminiscent of Debbie Gibson and scored her two Juno nominations.
When her second LP wasn’t quite as “hot” in Canada, Alanis quickly shook up her style for her third – and most iconic album – “Jagged Little Pill.” It’s kind of “ironic,” but once Alanis really embraced her own musical style, she truly broke through. After trading her native Ottawa for L.A., Alanis sold more than 16 million copies in the U.S. and winning Album of the Year at the Grammys (not to mention a few other wins).
4. “You Learn”
When she’s not recording or performing her own music, Alanis has dabbled into singing covers of songs. The most famous is her parody of the Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps, which she recorded in ’07. Not only did it show that she doesn’t take herself too seriously, but she also surprised her fans by getting down with her bad self.
5. “You Oughta Know”
In 2010, Alanis welcomed a son named Ever with her husband, Souleye. Though she’s been a bit quiet on the musical front for a few years, she has been vocal about attachment parenting. As for any backlash, she told the “Daily Mail,” “It’s just shown me how traumatized America is with regards to not being open to intimacy, the horror that kind of connection, touch.” Alanis clearly hasn’t lost her way with words.