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Born Mar 24, 1960

Gabriele Susanne Kerner, better known by her stage name Nena, is a German singer and actress. She rose to international fame in 1983 with the New German Wave song "99 Luftballons". In 1984, she re-recorded this song in English as "99 Red Balloons". Nena was also the name of the band with whom she released the song. With the re-recording and subsequent release of some of her old songs, her career re-emerged in 2002. In 2007, she co-founded the school "Neue Schule Hamburg".… Read More

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1960 Birth Gabriele Susanne Kerner was born on 24 March 1960 in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany, while her family lived in the nearby town of Breckerfeld. … Read More


1977 17 Years Old In 1977 she left high school before graduation, and in the three following years she was trained as a goldsmith.
1979 19 Years Old Her musical career began in the summer of 1979 when guitarist Rainer Kitzmann offered her a position as the lead singer in his band, The Stripes. … Read More


1981 21 Years Old In 1981 Nena and her then-boyfriend Rolf Brendel moved to West Berlin, where they met future band members, guitarist Carlo Karges, keyboard player Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen, and bass player Jürgen Dehmel. … Read More
1982 22 Years Old In 1982 "Nena" released their first single, "Nur geträumt" ("Only dreamt"), which became an instant hit in Germany after the band appeared on the German television show Musikladen. … Read More
1984 24 Years Old In 1984, Casey Kasem's radio show "American Top 40" introduced a "mixed" version of the song, "splicing" the German and American versions together. … Read More
1987 27 Years Old 1 More Event
The band split in 1987, and Nena went solo thereafter. … Read More


1998 38 Years Old …  Simultaneously, she hosted several TV shows, including Metro and Countdown Grand Prix, the German preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1998.


2002 42 Years Old In 2002 Nena celebrated her 20th anniversary on stage with the album Nena feat. … Read More
2003 43 Years Old The remake of "Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime" as an English-German duet with Kim Wilde was a hit in various European countries, reaching the Number 1 spot in the Netherlands and Austria, and Number 3 in Germany, in 2003. … Read More
2005 45 Years Old 1 More Event
The first single from the album, "Liebe ist" ("Love Is"), reached number 1 on the German charts in early 2005, and was the theme song for a German telenovela, Verliebt in Berlin.
2007 47 Years Old She also released the single, "Ich Kann nix Dafür" ("It's not my Fault") in April 2007 for the film, Vollidiot (Complete Idiot). … Read More
On Christmas Day 2009, Nena became a grandmother when Larissa gave birth to a girl, Carla Maria.


2011 51 Years Old In 2011 she contributed vocals to the track "Let Go Tonight" by Kevin Costner and Modern West. … Read More
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