German singer and actress

Gabriele Susanne Kerner (born 24 March 1960), better known by her stage name Nena, is a German singer and actress. She is best known for the New German Wave song "99 Luftballons". In 1984, she re-recorded this song in English as "99 Red Balloons".[1]

Nena in 2008
Nena in 2008
Background information
Birth nameGabriele Susanne Kerner
Born (1960-03-24) 24 March 1960 (age 61)
Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
GenresNeue Deutsche Welle, New Wave, synthpop, pop, punk rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
Years active1981–present present (solo)
LabelsCBS/Columbia Records, Warner Music
Associated actsCarlo Karges
Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen
Jürgen Dehmel
Rolf Brendel
Peter Heppner


  1. "Nena (Biography on Pandora)". Retrieved 2011-11-13.

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