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The Spice Girls came together when they answered an ad in a London magazine called The Stage. The ad called for any young woman between the ages of 18 and 23 to form a singing group. After the girls were chosen, they began training at a place called Trinity Studios. They originally named themselves "Touch." In August 1993, they changed their name to "The Spice Girls" when they heard a song dedicated to them called "Sugar 'n' Spice."

Bunton was actually a replacement for a girl named Michelle Stephenson, who departed shortly after being chosen due to family reasons. Bunton was recommended by the girls' singing teacher.

In May of 1997, they set a record when their second single "Say You'll Be There" debuted on the US charts at #5 which is the highest entry by a European artist.

Their first album Spice set records for fastest-selling British album and the only debut album by a British act to reach #1 in the US. It is the 9th best-selling album in Britain.

In February of 1997, the group won two Brit Awards: Best Song for "Wannabe" and Best Video for "Say You'll Be There."

In the fall of 1997, The Spice Girls performed their first live concert in Istanbul, Turkey.

On November 5, 1997, they won an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Group. They won the same award for the second time on November 12, 1998. During the fall of 1998, they also won another MTV Europe Music Award for Best Pop Group.

On May 31, 1998, Halliwell's lawyers announced that she was leaving the group on account of "differences" between her and her band members.

On July 4, 1999, Addams married English soccer star David Beckham. Together, they have three sons: Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

According to Halliwell's book If Only, she came up with the name "Spice" when she was working out in the gym.



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