Patricia Mae Giraldo (née Andrzejewski; born January 10, 1953), known professionally as Pat Benatar, is an American singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner. In the United States, she has had two RIAA-certified multi-platinum albums, five platinum albums, and 15 Billboard Top 40 singles.Benatar took voice lessons as a child and took part in musical theatre and other performances in high school. In her 20s, she performed as a singing waitress, in a lounge band, in musicals, singing commercial jingles, and at nightclubs. Her debut album, 1979's In the Heat of the Night, reached #12 in the US, #3 in Canada, where it went 4x platinum, and the Top 25 in Australia and France. Two singles, the hard rocking “Heartbreaker”, and “We Live For Love”, written by her lead guitarist and future husband, Neil Giraldo, were Top 30 hits in several countries, with the first going Top 10 in Canada.
Benatar's second album, Crimes of Passion (1980), featuring her best-known song, "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" (a Top 10 hit in the US and Canada), was a #2 hit in France, the US and Canada, and is her largest seller in latter two countries (4x and 5x platinum), plus went Top 15 in Australia. Benatar’s third album, Precious Time (1981) peaked at #1 in the US, #2 in Canada, and in the Top 10 in Australia and France, while marking her first success in the UK (#30). Its single "Fire and Ice" went to #4 in Canada and #2 on the US Rock Tracks Chart. Her next release, Get Nervous (1982), featuring the Top 15 North American hit, "Shadows of the Night", reached #4 in the US, but peaked in the teens elsewhere, but still became the fourth of eight straight platinum albums in Canada for Benatar.
Benetar's sound began to move towards more atmospheric pop in 1983 and 84. The single "Love is a Battlefield" (1983) was her biggest hit in most countries, such as #5 (Hot 100) and #1 (Rock Tracks) in the US, #1 for multiple weeks in the Netherlands and Australia, #2 in Canada, #3 in Germany, and was her first Top 40 hit in the UK (#17). It was off the live album, Live from Earth, which was her first and biggest hit album in Germany (#7) and the Netherlands (#4), plus her biggest hit in Australia (#2), while hitting #12 in the US. In 1984, Benetar released, Tropico, which was a Top 10 album in Australia and Top 20 in other countries, while its lead single, "We Belong", was a Top 10 hit in several countries.
Benatar’s 1985 album, Seven the Hard Way, yielded two singles back in the rock vein: "Invincible", a Top 10 hit in North America and Top 30 Australia; and "Sex as a Weapon", a Top 30 hit in both zones, but album sales were less than her earlier albums, especially in the UK and Europe. Her follow-up, Wide Awake in Dreamland (1988), marked a resurgence for Benatar in Canada, the UK and Australia, just missing the Top 10 in those countries, while making the Top 30 in the US. It contained the rocker "All Fired Up", a #2 hit on the US Rock Chart and in Australia, Top 10 in Canada and Top 20 in the UK. After a break, Benatar released a jump blues record in 1991, True Love, followed by a return to rock with Gravity's Rainbow, which included "Everybody Lay Down", a #3 song on the US Rock Chart; the album reached the Top 30 in several countries. Benatar released two more albums, those being in 1997 and 2003, but has not done so in the years since. She was nominated induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.