The would-be superstar went on to participate in numerous singing contests before hitting the jackpot when she won the 1995 RTM Bintang HMI competition at age 16. The following year, the up-and-coming singer tore up the charts with her self-titled debut album.

Everything she touched turned gold from then on. In 1996, her single, Jerat Percintaan (Love's Trap) from her debut album, clinched a win at the 11th Anugerah Juara Lagu. That same year, she also took home the Most Popular Television Entertainer, Most Popular Female Singer, Most Popular Teen Artiste and Most Popular Star awards at the Anugerah Bintang Popular.

There was no stopping the young singer from her heady career rise. She would later become the only artiste in the country to have won 34 Anugerah Industri Muzik awards, 22 Anugerah Bintang Popular awards, 21 Anugerah Planet Muzik awards and 18 Anugerah Juara Lagu awards and four MTV Asia awards.

In 2005, she was listed by MTV Asia as Asia's Best Musical Artiste and also as Channel V's Biggest Asian Artiste. In 2008, the Asia News Network listed the star as one of Asia's Idols.

In between making music and attending countless award shows, Siti even found time for romance and tied the knot with businessman Datuk Khalid Mohamad Jiwa, popularly known as Datuk K, in 2006.

Last year, she launched her cosmetic range, SimplySiti, which has been named the Best Halal Product by the Halal Journal Magazine and the Most Promising Brand in 2010 by the Brand Laureate.

She is also a tough cookie - last June, the pop queen took on the role of celebrity reservist in the Territorial Army as part of a volunteer programme launched by the Defence Ministry.

The star, who is required to complete 39 hours of training within a year before being commissioned as a junior officer, says she looks forward to the experience.

"It will certainly toughen me up, both physically and mentally."

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