The Spice Girls were a British pop group whose songs dominated global charts in the late 1990s. The group members included Geraldine Halliwell, Melanie Chisholm, Victoria Adams (later Victoria Beckham), Melanie Brown, and Emma Bunton, though they more commonly came to be known as Ginger Spice, Sporty Spice, Posh Spice, Scary Spice, and Baby Spice.
The Spice Girls have sold 100 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling girl group of all time, one of the bestselling artists, and the most successful British pop act since the Beatles. They received five Brit Awards, three American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards and one MTV Video Music Award.
In 2000, they became the youngest recipients of the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. According to Rolling Stone journalist and biographer David Sinclair, they were the most widely recognised group since the Beatles. Other measures of the Spice Girls’ success include iconic symbolism such as Halliwell’s Union Jack dress, and their nicknames, which were given to them by the British press. Under the guidance of their mentor and manager Simon Fuller, their endorsement deals and merchandise made them one of the most successful marketing engines ever, with a global gross income estimated at $500–800 million by May 1998.