Kentucky-born Brian Littrell—the sweet one in the Backstreet Boys—turns 36 today. I not only wrote about the boy band several times at Billboard, but penned three album bios for label Jive over the years. Brian was always a gentleman, polite and appreciative of his success.
In all, BSB scored 12 top 40 hits between 1995 and 2005, as well as two No. 1 albums, "Millennium" in 1999 and "Black & Blue" in 2000. They have won two American Music Awards and four World Music Awards. No Grammys, since a decade ago, pop acts were seldom considered for critical acclaim. Comparing the skills between Backstreet and Justin Bieber—who was nominated for Best New Artist this year—that's a crying shame. The Boys actually have heaps of talent.