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Aguilera performing during in 2003 In February 2001, Aguilera appeared on 's single '. It peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, while reaching the top ten of several countries including Australia, Spain and Switzerland. Later that year, Aguilera,,, and covered 's 1974 single ' for the of The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks and became the first airplay-only track in history to stay number one for more than one week. 'Lady Marmalade' earned all four performers a at the.

That August, released, an album containing eleven demo tracks recorded by Aguilera in 1994 and 1995. Aguilera filed a suit against Warlock Records and the album's producers to stop the release.

The two parties came to a confidential settlement to release the album, in which Aguilera lent out her name, likeness, and image for an unspecified amount of damages. On September 11, 2001, Aguilera and Santos ended their relationship. When planning her fourth studio album, Aguilera leaned towards a new artistic direction that she felt had more musical depth. She named the album and explained that the album 'is a new beginning, a re-introduction of [herself] as a new artist in a way'. Aguilera cultivated an increasingly provocative image while promoting the record, at which time she adopted the nickname 'Xtina', dyed her hair black, and debuted several tattoos and piercings.

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Aguilera claimed that the new persona better reflected her personality than the previous image she felt forced into by RCA Records. Aguilera drew inspiration from,, rock and. The album was produced primarily by and singer-songwriter. Aguilera co-wrote and partially completed the track ' for the album; it did not make the final track list and was later completed and released. Released in October 2002, Stripped debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 330,000 copies. The album was certified quadruple-platinum by the RIAA, in recognition of having 4.3 million copies in the United States as of September 2014. As of 2015, it has sold 10 million copies worldwide.

' featuring was released as the lead single from Stripped in September 2002. Its accompanying music video generated controversy due to its sexual content, and sparked protest in Thailand. The single peaked at number 48 on the Billboard Hot 100, while reaching number one in Ireland and the United Kingdom. The second single, ', reached number two in the United States, and peaked atop the charts of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The song earned Aguilera the at the in 2004. The album spawned the follow-up singles ', ', and ' in 2003, all of which managed to reach the top 20 of charts in several European and Oceania regions, including Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland. That June, Aguilera co-headlined the alongside before embarking on her solo later in 2003.

Aguilera was the host of the, where she won an award for. During the in August 2003, Aguilera and garnered significant media attention after kissing during their performance of ' and '. The performance was listed by magazine as one of the twenty-five 'sexiest' music moments on television history. MTV listed the performance as the number-one opening moment in the history of the MTV Video Music Awards. Billboard named Aguilera the Top Female Pop Act of 2003. 2004–2009: First marriage, Back to Basics and first child. Aguilera performing at the in 2006 Opting for a 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s-inspired sound, Aguilera began working on her follow-up album in 2004.

She embraced an image inspired by public figures including, and to 'capture the authenticity of the Old Hollywood glam era'. That year, Aguilera recorded 'Hello' for the car advertisement, and a revised version of 's ' with for the animated film, where she also voiced a. She also appeared on 's single ', and 's song '. After dating for more than two years, Aguilera became engaged to music marketing executive Jordan Bratman in February 2005.

The couple married on November 19, 2005 at an estate in. In 2006, Aguilera contributed vocals to a cover of 's ' by, which was included on Hancock's album and earned Aguilera a nomination for the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the in 2006. She later described her fifth studio album,, as 'a throwback to the 20s, 30s, and 40s-style jazz,, and feel-good, but with a modern twist'. The was released in August 2006 and debuted atop the charts of thirteen countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. On the US Billboard 200, it opened at number one with first-week sales of 346,000 copies.

According to RCA front-man, it has sold approximately 5 million units worldwide as of November 2013, 1.7 million of which were sold in the United States. The lead single ' reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100, charted within the top three of several countries in Europe, including Hungary, Ireland and the United Kingdom, and has sold 1.7 million digital copies in the United States. The track won the at the in 2007, where Aguilera performed a rendition of ' in tribute of its original artist.

In September 2006, Aguilera released the second single from Back to Basics, ', and was featured on 's single '. ' was serviced as the third international single from Back to Basics and peaked at number two in Australia and New Zealand. ' was released exclusively in Australia, while ' was released in Europe as the final single.

In November 2006, Aguilera supported the album through the; with 81 dates, it ended in October 2008, visited Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. According to Billboard Boxscore, it was one of the ten highest grossing tours of 2007, as well as the top grossing solo female tour of that year, with US$48.1M grossed. Aguilera performed ' with at the in 2007. According to, Aguilera was the nineteenth-richest woman in entertainment as of January 2007, with a net worth of $60 million.

In January 2008, Aguilera gave birth to her first child, a son. Later that year, she appeared in the documentary chronicling a two-day concert in New York City's, in which Aguilera performs ' alongside the band's member. In commemoration of a decade-long career in the music industry, Aguilera released her first, on November 11, 2008 exclusively through in the United States. It included Aguilera's previous singles and four new songs, two of which are remade versions of two previous singles.

The release peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200, and entered the top ten charts of countries including Australia, Finland and France. Its only single, ', peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold 1.1 million digital copies in the United States. In December 2009, Billboard ranked Aguilera the twentieth most successful artist and the twenty-sixth most successful Billboard Hot 100 artist of the 2000s. 2010–2011: Bionic, Burlesque and The Voice. Christina Aguilera during a premiere in September 2010 Aguilera announced that her sixth studio album would be 'a very futuristic approach to music', drawing inspirations from genres., was released in June 2010. The release struggled to match the chart impact and sales of her previous albums, peaking at number three on the Billboard 200, and has sold 315,000 copies in the United States. The lead single, ', charted at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold 368,000 copies in the United States.

' featuring rapper was released as a single in the United States and several European countries, while ' was the second single internationally. The last song serviced from Bionic was ', which was sent to Australian in July 2010. That year, Aguilera made a in the comedy film. In November 2010, Aguilera starred alongside in the film. The film was written and directed by, and grossed $90 million. It was met with mixed reviews from critics, who criticized it for being 'campy and ', yet praised Aguilera's acting. Aguilera contributed eight tracks to the film's, while Cher performed the other two.

The soundtrack reached number 18 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA. It has since sold 707,000 copies in the US. At the in 2011, Burlesque received a nomination for, while 'Bound to You', a song performed by Aguilera, earned Aguilera a nomination for, which lost to Cher's ', which also appeared on the Burlesque soundtrack. In December 2010, Aguilera appeared on 's song ' from his album. Having separated in September, Aguilera filed for divorce from Bratman in October 2010, requesting joint legal and physical custody of their son Max. After reaching a private settlement and custody deal, their divorce was finalized on April 15, 2011.

In late 2010, Aguilera started dating Matthew Rutler, whom she met during the set of Burlesque. On March 1, 2011, the couple was arrested for in. They were later released on bail and no charges were filed. At the, Aguilera omitted a few lines while performing the U.S.

National anthem '. She later apologized, saying, 'I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place. I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through'. The following week, Aguilera, alongside,, and opened the, paying tribute to. From April 2011 through December 2012, Aguilera served as a coach on the television series for its three first seasons.

In June, she was featured on 's single ', which peaked atop the Billboard Hot 100. In 2011, the single sold 7 million copies worldwide, becoming the ninth best-selling single of the year. 2012–present: Lotus, second child, television projects and upcoming eighth studio album In March 2012, Aguilera released the Spanish-language track 'Casa de Mi Padre' as the title song for the soundtrack and film of the. Later that month, Aguilera confirmed that she was working on a follow-up to Bionic, which she named and described as a personal 'rebirth'.

Released in 2012, Lotus became her least successful album, debuting at number seven on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 73,000 units. As of August 2014, the album has sold over 290,000 units in the United States, as reported. Its lead single, ', peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and entered the top 40 charts of several regions including New Zealand, Spain and Sweden.

The second single, ', a duet with Blake Shelton, peaked at number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100. In late 2012, Aguilera appeared on the tracks 'Steppin' Out with My Baby' with from his album, and ' with from his album. Upon the conclusion of the of The Voice in December 2012, Aguilera was replaced by for the because Aguilera was focusing on promoting Lotus. In January 2013, Aguilera was featured on 's single ', which peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. She appeared on Mexican singer 's cover of ' from his album that May. Aguilera returned for the of The Voice in September 2013. That October, Aguilera recorded ' for.

A month later, she appeared on the re-recorded version of single ', a duet with from their debut studio album; it peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified quadruple-platinum for shipments of over 4 million units in the United States. In January 2014, Aguilera was featured on a remix version of 's single '. Aguilera became engaged to Rutler in February 2014.

The couple has one child together, a daughter, born in August 2014. In April 2014, Aguilera announced she had started working on her eighth studio album. For the and seasons of The Voice, Aguilera was respectively replaced by Shakira and. However, Aguilera continued to serve as a coach in the eighth and tenth seasons, which the latter she won with her artist and became the first female coach to win the show. In January 2015, Aguilera confirmed to that she was working alongside The Voice co-star on her album, stating: 'I just have to make sure it's right, and it's genuine and it's heartfelt, and I'm very excited to pour my heart out into this record fully.

I've been gathering and writing and coming up with these amazing ideas for different parts of how I was feeling the past year, so I'm really excited to vocalize all of it and make it all come together.' At the in February 2015, Aguilera won the for 'Say Something' with A Great Big World. In April 2015, Aguilera had a recurring role as singer Jade St. John on the third season of 's musical drama series. In March 2016, Aguilera and Rutler were announced as executive producers for a new music-based game show, Tracks, to air on. The show is hosted. In June 2016, Aguilera released a song titled ' dedicated to the victims of the, as well as, who was fatally shot in Orlando the day before the nightclub shooting.

The proceedings were donated to the National Compassion Fund to benefit the victims' families. She expressed sadness for everyone involved in these two incidents over social media. In August 2016, Aguilera released a disco song titled ' featuring for the soundtrack of the original series,. The track topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, becoming Aguilera's ninth number-one. Aguilera voiced the character Akiko Glitter in (2017). That May, it was announced that she had been cast in the sci-fi romance film. Artistry Voice.

In the ballad 'You Lost Me', the verses are sung by Aguilera using. Problems playing this file? Aguilera is a, having a spanning four octaves (from to ), four notes, a and the. Since the start of her career Aguilera's voice has been compared to that of and. Writing for The New York Times noted that Aguilera's vocal performance was highly influenced by Carey and Houston, sharing that 'Aguilera has been one of the foremost practitioners of the overpowering, Category 5 vocal style known as melisma', and 'Ms. Houston and Ms. Aguilera, to name its three main champions, are most associated with the period from the late '80s through the late '90s'.

A journal by Ann Powers for the Los Angeles Times said there are influences of, and on Aguilera's vocal style, opining that the 'Aguilera's Streisand-esque tendencies' '[help Aguilera] figure out how to become the 'great singer' she's been dubbed since she released her first single, the wise-beyond-its-years 'Genie in a Bottle', at 18'. Wrote in, 'Aguilera doesn't need to reincarnate to be a serious singer. She already is one, in the tradition of nineteen-nineties pop and R&B, skillfully deploying for razzle-dazzle'. In 2003, Aguilera was placed 5th on MTV's 'Best Voices in Music Ever' list, while ranking atop both COVE and Latina magazine's best Pop and Latina vocalist of all time in 2004 and 2013 respectively. Aguilera has, however, been criticized for her excessive use of melisma and on songs and in concerts. John Eskow of named Aguilera a main proponent for 'oversouling', described as the 'gratuitous and confected melisma'. Lucy Davies, a writer for, opined that although Aguilera had 'a stunning voice', she 'could be more varied, simply by cutting out some of the 'y-e-e-eeeh, woah yeh's'.

Longtime producer, who wrote the song 'Beautiful', revealed about the recording sessions with Aguilera, 'I tried to keep it straight. I told her to get rid of the finger waves. Every time she'd start going into 'hoo-ha', I'd stop the tape. I'm like, 'You're doing it again'. Perry ended up using the song's first take adding, 'She had a hard time accepting that as the final track.

She's a perfectionist. She knows her voice really well, and she knows what's going on. She can hear things that nobody else would catch.' An editor from Entertainment Weekly, Chris Willman, stated that the oversinging on Aguilera's albums was inspired by Carey, writing that 'the Mariah venerators don't get away with it so easily. Aguilera, for one thing, has a slightly nasal tone that really only becomes obvious when she's overselling a song'. Aguilera cites (pictured) as her main influence Aguilera has credited blues singer as her main influence and inspiration, elaborating, 'Etta is my all-time favorite singer. I've said it for the last seven years – since I had my first debut record out – in every interview'.

Following James' death in 2012, Aguilera was asked to perform ' at James' funeral. Prior to the performance, Aguilera revealed, 'There's a line in this song that says 'I found a dream that I could speak to.' And for me that dream, all my life, has been Etta James'.

Other classic artists, including,,,, and, are also Aguilera's major influences; her fifth studio album Back to Basics is inspired by vintage jazz, blues and soul music records by them. Aguilera mentions as another influence, having performed many of her songs in her early years during talent shows.

She also cites and as an inspiration, and covered the latter's songs: These Are the Special Times on, and on the NBC reality singing competition. Aguilera's debut album producer Ron Harris revealed that Aguilera during her recording sessions for would constantly listen 's music, studying and trying to replicate her adlibs. According to author Pier Dominguez of the book Christina Aguilera: A Star is Made, Aguilera stated that Carey and her debut single, ' (1990), had the biggest influence on her vocal style. Aguilera points out the musical film and its lead actress,, as her first inspiration for singing and performing. At the age of six, the film helped Aguilera cope with her violent childhood, 'Bad things happened in my home; there was violence.

The Sound of Music looked like a form of release.' Aguilera credits and as two biggest inspirations for her image, 'for being re-inventive and being brave as strong females, to explore whatever, even if they do get bad press. It's just like they were fearless.' During the promotion of Back to Basics, her image was also inspired by the 'Golden age of Hollywood' actresses including,,, and. Aguilera is also inspired by her Burlesque co-star,: 'I have always had tremendous respect for her. She is a woman who did everything before anyone else did it.

She is an icon and she inspired me through some of my career. We've had similar costumes too!'

Musical style and themes. Aguilera performing during her in 2006 Aguilera frequently blends elements of pop,, and music into her projects, her records typically include a combination of ballads and uptempo tracks. Christina Aguilera (1999) prominently displayed and dance-pop music, while Mi Reflejo (2000) takes inspiration from. Her first Christmas album, My Kind of Christmas, combines covers of Christmas standards and several original dance-pop tracks. Aiming for musical diversity and artistic growth, Aguilera worked with R&B, rock,, and Latin music for Stripped (2002). David Browne from Entertainment Weekly credited the release with distancing Aguilera from her pop contemporaries. Aguilera leaned towards R&B,, jazz, and on Back to Basics (2006).

In contrast, Bionic (2010) sees significant use from futuristic, described as an album. The soundtrack for her 2010 feature film (2010) was influenced by Cabaret, and featured several established songs that were redone as dance numbers in a fashion similar to Moulin Rouge! Aguilera partnered with mainstream producers including and during production of Lotus (2012); when discussing her interactions with the latter, she commented that 'He's known about me but we haven't crossed paths,' adding 'Those records were the kind I wanted to stray apart from.

If you look at what I did in the past (after my debut), I always try to do things that will challenge me and challenge the listener, too.' Aguilera has commented that she feels a sense of responsibility to reference portions of her personal life so that 'people that can relate might not feel as alone in the circumstance.' Many of her works consequently discuss love; she has also co-written two tracks which dealt with the domestic abuse throughout her childhood.

Aguilera has frequently mentioned in her music; she has expressed her belief that sexuality is 'very empowering', and has commented that 'If I want to be sexual, it's for my own appreciation and enjoyment! That's why I like to talk about the fact that sometimes I am attracted to women. I appreciate their femininity and beauty.' She has alluded to her physical attractions to women in other interviews as well. Her 'Can't Hold Us Down' from Stripped denounces gender-related, in which men are applauded for their sexual behaviors, while women who behave in a similar fashion are disdained. The main theme of Bionic was also about woman empowerment; Hermione Hoby from opined that 'she incites more of a sisterly spirit of collaboration, including riot grrrl feminists.

Aguilera's not shy of the odd feministic declaration herself.' In regards to production, Aguilera has often verbalized her preference of working with more 'obscure' collaborators, and noted that she is not necessarily inclined to contact 'the No.1 chart-toppers in music' because of their popular demand.

The New York Times ' Kelefa Sanneh described her decision to work with on Back to Basics as 'a decision to snub some of the big-name producers on whom pop stars often rely.' Image Aguilera has reinvented her public image on numerous occasions throughout her career.

In the later 1990s, her then-manager Steve Kurtz marketed her as a bubblegum pop entertainer to capitalize on the genre's financial lure, which earned her recognition as a. Aguilera introduced her 'Xtina' during 2002 and 2003, which presented an increasingly provocative persona. During this time, she dyed her hair black, debuted several piercings, and participated in several nude pictorials for publications. In 2004, Aguilera embraced a more 'mature' image with retro-styled hair and makeup, which was inspired by classic movie stars including Marilyn Monroe, and. This reinvention was named 'Baby Jane' in 2006, an alter ego which was taken from the 1962 film. Aguilera received widespread criticism over her curvy figure from gaining weight in 2012. She later received favorable media attention after a significant weight loss in 2013.

Wax figure of Aguilera at in London Aguilera is considered a pop icon, and has frequently garnered comparisons to Britney Spears. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly said that Aguilera is 'too eager not to offend' in her mild-mannered music, making her a 'good girl pretending to be bad', and also said that Spears' 'artificial-sweetener voice' was a welcome change of pace from Aguilera's 'numbing vocal gymnastics'. Matthew Horton from suggested that Aguilera was a more impressive performer than Spears despite her lower sales figures. Aguilera has also been regarded as a. A 2003 issue of magazine that she covered became its best-selling issue; Aguilera was named 'Sexiest Woman of the Year' by its subscribers later that year, and also earned the magazine its best-selling issue after posing on the cover that year. Additionally recognized as a gay icon, she was the first honoree on 's Gay Walk of Fame for her contributions to the community. The music video for 'Beautiful' earned Aguilera a for its positive portrayal of the LGBT community.

Fashion has also been a part of Aguilera's music career and image. She has frequently worn clothes designed by,,, and. During the Back to Basics Tour in 2006, Aguilera performed in a stole made of fur designed by Roberto Cavalli, unaware that it was made from real fur of a white fox. After receiving a video about the treatment of foxes from vice president, Aguilera replaced it with a faux-fur stole, further stating that she was 'very upset' because she 'only ever wears fake fur'. Aguilera's costumes from Burlesque were featured in the 's Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition. Wax figures of Aguilera are located at wax museum in London and New York City.

See also: Aguilera has sold 17.9 million records in the United States, and 75 million records worldwide. Gregory Hicks from opined that 'Aguilera deserves to be known as one of the greatest artists to ever hit the pop industry.'

In 2012, named Aguilera the eighth greatest woman in the music industry. Aguilera has also been recognized as one of the greatest vocalists of all time, and is commonly referred to as 'The Voice of a Generation'. Aguilera topped Cove magazine's list of 'The 100 Outstanding Pop Vocalists'. She was ranked fifth in MTV and magazine's 2003 countdown of the 22 Greatest Voices in Music. In November 2008, placed Aguilera at number 58 on its list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, writing that '[Aguilera] has had the finesse and power of a blues queen ever since she was a child star'.

At the, Aguilera was awarded the People's Voice Award, which recognized Aguilera's ability to reach millions of people across various genres. In 2013, Aguilera was one of 's 100 Most Influential People in the World. In the article for the magazine, wrote, 'Without a doubt, [Aguilera]'s one of the most talented artists the world has ever seen and heard, and I think she's going to continue to amaze us for many, many years to come.' Aguilera's star on the, which she received in 2010 Aguilera is also well known for her television and music video impact; in 2012, Jon Caramanica of The New York Times commented that Aguilera 'will be remembered for her glamour, her scandalous take on femme-pop and her voice, and.

As the person who almost single-handedly reshaped music-competition reality programming'. She was considered as one of the greatest women of the music video era by VH1. Aguilera's use of sexual imagery has catalyzed public discourse on sexuality and feminism. Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, co-founder of, opined that the provocative dance routines in Aguilera's music videos are 'empowering'. Writing for, critic Terry Young, Jr. Commented that Aguilera 'redefined the 21st century female pop performer'. He added that following the release of Stripped, 'artists like Spears and became more comfortable expressing sexuality and no longer felt the need to sell the notion of innocence'.

Aguilera's works have earned her numerous, including five. In November 2010, Aguilera was honored with a star on the. In October 2012, Aguilera's costumes and video collection was included on the 'Women Who Rock' exhibition by the. Aguilera has inspired various artists, including:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and. Lady Gaga cited Aguilera and her cover of All-4-One's 'I Turn to You' as an inspiration for Gaga's vocal range, elaborating; 'When I was 15, I was singing 'I Turn to You' at the top of my lungs. She was an inspiration to me to have a wider vocal range.' Demi Lovato explained that she was inspired by Aguilera's themes, 'I had a lot of respect for Whitney Houston, and Christina Aguilera, on some songs where she was really amazing and wasn't trying to be sexy or anything like that.

I just found that I had more respect for artists that didn't talk about that stuff, and those were the ones that were more successful.' Aguilera's works has also inspired some athletes, including American figure skater and American swimmer.

Other ventures Philanthropy In 2000, Aguilera supported a program called Come on Over and Do Something, which aimed to 'encourage kids to get involved in their communities and make a difference.' A year later, she signed a letter from the (PETA) to the South Korean government requesting that the country stop its alleged killing of dogs for food. In 2010, Aguilera auctioned tickets for her planned tour for A Bid to Save the Earth, which benefited the non-profit environmental groups,,, and The Central Park Conservancy. Aguilera contributed US$200,000 to the in December 2003, and has worked with 's 'End violence against women' campaign. In 2005, Aguilera contributed 'Beautiful' to the compilation album, which proceeds benefited the.

Aguilera participated in the AIDS Project Los Angeles' Artists Against AIDS ' cover project, and became the face for and spokesperson for MAC AIDS Fund in 2004. Singer featured Aguilera in his charity book 4 Inches, which benefitted the. Aguilera (left) and Novak (right) were honored with the George McGovern Leadership Award in October 2012 for their contributions to the United Nations World Hunger Relief effort, while Clinton (center) was given a special tribute In the run-up to the, Aguilera was featured on billboards for the 'Only You Can Silence Yourself' online voter registration drive run by the, non-profit campaign '. In these political advertisements, shot by David LaChapelle, Aguilera was shown with her mouth sewn shut to symbolize the effects of not voting. In late 2007, Aguilera became the spokesperson for ', through which she encouraged young people to vote in the. In 2005, Aguilera donated her wedding gifts to American charities in support of victims, and performed at 'Unite of the Stars' concert for Unite Against Hunger in, South Africa and for the at the Coca-Cola Dome. In 2008, Aguilera headlined London's Africa Rising charity concert at the, which raised awareness for finding substantial issues facing the continent.

That year, Aguilera appeared on the Turkish version of Deal or No Deal,, and donated proceeds to a charity program for. In 2009, Aguilera became the global spokesperson for; she and Bratman traveled to with the to bring awareness to issues including its high rate, and met with local families and beneficiaries of WFP's nutrition programs. Aguilera has helped raise over $148 million for WFP and other hunger relief agencies in 45 countries. In response to the, Aguilera donated a signed which was auctioned for relief efforts. She additionally appeared on the telethon that January, where donations directly benefited,, and.

She was featured on a public service announcement alongside former boxer to raise funds for the World Food Programme's efforts to bring food to survivors of the earthquake. Aguilera was nominated for a Do Something Award for her work with the organization and her efforts in.

In 2010, Aguilera was appointed for the World Food Programme. Following in 2012, Aguilera performed 'Beautiful' to open the benefit telethon; all proceeds went to the. That year, Aguilera and received the George McGovern Leadership Award.

The following year Aguilera was honored with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award. Products and endorsements In 2000, Aguilera was the face for make-up line Fetish, where she worked in choosing colors and packaging for the line. That same year, an interactive CD-ROM was produced called Christina Aguilera: Follow Your Dreams released by which features games and quizzes, plus Aguilera herself talking about accomplishing her goals. Throughout her career, Aguilera has endorsed several brands, including,,,,,,,, and soft drink giants, and in 2001 and 2006, respectively. In 2004, Aguilera earned 200,000 (about $300,000) for opening the summer sale at London's store and appeared in an advertisement for Viva Glam V campaign. Following the birth of her son in 2008, she was reportedly paid $1.5 million by for her baby pictures, which became the.

In 2008, jewelry designer and friend of Aguilera released 'Shattered', a collection of pieces, through and. Aguilera, who inspired the collection, was featured as a heroine. They reprised their work together for Webster's 2009 spring line. In 2011, Aguilera attended to premiere her new line of clothing for Brazilian department store, which launched in April.

Aguilera is the No. 1 awarded celebrity brand, winner of 13 awards globally. Her first fragrance, Xpose, was released in Europe in late 2004 and sold relatively well. Through, Aguilera released her signature fragrance, Simply Christina, in 2007. In Christmas 2007, the fragrance became the number one perfume in the United Kingdom, and later in 2009 it was the country's 4th best selling perfume. The perfume won as the people's choice for favorite celebrity fragrance at the annual UK 2008.

She released her third fragrance,, accompanied with a body care collection, in September 2008. It was Aguilera's first fragrance released outside of Europe.

Her worldwide ad campaign included a television ad shot by David LaChapelle and was released in the United States in department stores. The release coincided with Macy's 150th anniversary which featured Aguilera in commemorative photos. She released her fourth fragrance, By Night, in October 2009, which became the third best selling fragrance in the United Kingdom in 2009. The range was further augmented by Royal Desire in 2010, Secret Potion in 2011, Red Sin in 2012, Unforgettable in 2013, Woman in 2014, Touch of Seduction in 2015, Glam X in 2016 and Definition in 2017. • Bollinger, Lee; O'Neill, Carole (2008). Women in Media Careers: Success Despite the Odds..

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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs You will Need: 2 lbs of ground beef 1 lb of mild Italian Sausage 1 1/2 Cup of Bread Crumbs I used Panko Italian Style 1 TBSP of Italian Seasoning 3 Eggs 3 tsp minced garlic 1tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 lb of mozzarella cheesecut into cubes olive oil to cover the bottom of you pan Your favorite Marinara In a large bowl mix all ingredients EXCEPT cheese Form into Balls I did mine about 3 inch. Could do smaller Press a cube of cheese into the center and make sure its sealed back with the meat. Heat Olive oil in large skillet brown meatballs add marinara sauce and simmer about 30 min. Enjoy ~ SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my ownI post the sites they are from if the source is known. SAYING OF THE DAY: The holidays are my favorite time to be embarrassed by my family in person rather than on Facebook. HAPPY DECEMBER 17 BIRTHDAY TO: Jacqueline Wilson 68, Eugene Levy 67, Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, Milla Jovovich 38, Chase Utley 35, Laurie Holden 44, Chuck Liddell 44, Bill Pullman 60, Giovanni Ribisi, Takeo Spikes 37, Dave Madden 82 and George Lindsey (1928-2012).

With all the pre-Christmas parties, Christmas and then New Years festivities, there will be late nights, too much alcohol, too little sleep and the usual wear and tear of the holidays. Visine can only cure so much. Try this natural tip for removing dark circles, although it may not be instant gratification.

SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my ownI post the sites they are from if the source is known. JOKE OF THE DAY: May your medications trick you into believing you are actually having a Merry Christmas.

HAPPY DECEMBER 16 BIRTHDAY TO: Billy Gibbons 64, Benjamin Bratt 50, Mama Mia Benny Andersson is 67, Krysten Ritter 32, William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry 51, Donovan Baily 46, Liv Ullman 75, Leslie Stahl 75, Jack Krizmanich 35, and Beethoven (1770-1827). Chocolate Lasagna INGREDIENTS: 1 package regular Oreo cookies (Not Double Stuff) – about 36 cookies 6 Tablespoon butter, melted 1- 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 Tablespoons cold milk 1- 12 ounce tub Cool Whip, divided 2 – 3.9 ounce packages Chocolate Instant Pudding. 3 1/4 cups cold milk 1 and 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips DIRECTIONS 1. Begin by crushing 36 Oreo cookies.

Use a food processor for this, but you could also place them in a large ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin or meat mallet. When the Oreos have turned into fine crumbs, you are done. Transfer the Oreo crumbs to a large bowl. Stir in 6 tablespoons melted butter and use a fork to incorporate the butter into the cookie crumbs. When the butter is distributed, transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan.

Place the pan in the refrigerator while you work on the additional layers. Mix the cream cheese with a mixer until light and fluffy.

Add in 2 Tablespoons of milk, and sugar, and mix well. Stir in 1 and 1/4 cups Cool Whip. Spread this mixture over the oreo crust.

In a bowl, combine chocolate instant pudding with 3 and 1/4 cups cold milk. Whisk for several minutes until the pudding starts to thicken. Use a spatula to spread the mixture over the previous cream cheese layer. Allow the dessert to rest for about 5 minutes so that the pudding can firm up further.

Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips evenly over the top.

Place in the freezer for 1 hour, or the refrigerator for 4 hours before serving. SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my ownI post the sites they are from if the source is known. JOKE OF THE DAY: I am going to be very busy in the afterlife.

The people I am going to haunt grows every day. HAPPY DECEMBER 14 BIRTHDAY TO: Jackson Rathbone 29, Vanessa Hudgens 25, Patty Duke 67, Kadee Strickland 38, Archie Kao 44, and Morey Amsterdam (1908-1996). Ask ahead of time about key issues. If your guests have food allergies, scent allergies or follow a specific diet, knowing in advance will give you time to prepare.

If you are not sure what to get, ask them to list a few favorite foods that you can pick up before they arrive. That said, don’t drive yourself nuts tracking down esoteric ingredients you would never normally buy. The important thing is to make an effort and have something in the fridge your guests can eat. If your guests have kids, it is kind to see if they would like you to track down any baby gear to borrow for their stay, and ask about any favorite foods to have on hand for the little ones. Take extra care if your guests will be sleeping in the living room. There is nothing wrong with having guests sleep over in your living room, den or office — just so long as you make them comfortable there. Help set up their bed in the evening, show them where they can change and stow their stuff, and let them know what time you typically wake up, so they won’t be surprised. Just as in a guest room, make sure that all of the essentials are at hand (see step number one for a list), including windows with shades. Empower guests to help themselves. Guests can feel awkward having to ask every time they need something.

Make things easier — on you and them — by giving a little self-help tour early on in their stay. At the minimum show your guest where the coffee- and tea-making supplies, snacks, drinks and dishes are kept. Show them where your garbage and recycling cans are, and where to put what. If they will be staying longer, provide a small laundry basket and show them how to work things in the laundry room.

On December 6, Pantone the color guru, announces the color of the year 2014 is Radiant Orchid. This is the color that is going to define walls, handbags, hair color (for the more adventurous), jewelry, upholstery, clothing, cosmeticsabsolutely everything. Comments have been mixed on this one, it seems to be a love/hate thing. I personally love itin moderation of course and maybe in my home; on a pillow. I would, however, be willing to paint a wall in the store Radiant Orchid for the sheer wow of it. My prediction: you will see a lot of Radiant Orchid in clothing and accessories, smaller doses of it in home decor. The votes are in and so far: 32.82% Say “No!

Radiant Orchid is radioactive. 37.83 Say “Yes, I am a fan of this flowery hue. 23% Say “I am ambivalent. It looks good in other people’s homes.” SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my ownI post the sites they are from if the source is known. RECIPE FOR: “COFFEE FACIAL SCRUB” 1 tbsp.

Coffee grounds, 2 tbsp. Milk, 2 drops olive oil, 2 tbsp. Sea salt or table salt.

Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container. Use as needed. HAPPY DECEMBER 12 BIRTHDAY TO: Bill Nighy 64, Dionne Warwick 73, Bob Barker 90, Mayim Bailik 38, Jennifer Connelly 43, Regina Hall 48, Connie Francis 75, Cathy Rigby 61, Sheila E. 56, Tom (Full Monty) Wilkinson 65, Tracy Austin 51, Bruce Kulick 60, Don Gummer 67, Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), and Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973). These exquisite Santa faces were developed by Canadian designer Jacqueline Kent.

She is renowned for her elves and pixies but has branched into Christmas. You can GOOGLE Jacqueline Kent and see how these faces came about and how they are meticulously made by hand. Each Santa’s hat matches a birthstone color, one for every month.

What a precious keepsake for the kids and grand kids! Santas have either blue or brown eyes featuring individually glued on eyelashes, their facial expressions are different and have either a long or shorter beard. Reasonably priced at $35.00. The tree featured in this photo is in Charter House Interiors until after Christmas. If you would like to reserve a birthstone Santa, please call 306 653-4634 any time between 10:00-5:30 Monday – Saturday or leave a message after hours and we would be happy to put one away for you.

SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my ownI post the sites they are from if the source is known. THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 2008 FBI agents arrested Bernie Madoff and charged him with one count of securities fraud. It would later be revealed that Madoff ran the largest Ponzi scheme ever. THINK ABOUT IT: Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, “I think I’ll squeeze these dangly things and drink whatever comes out.”.and what about eggs?

HAPPY DECEMBER 11 BIRTHDAY TO: Gary Dourdan 47, Jermaine Jackson 59, Monique 46, Nikki Sixx 55, Rita Moreno 82, Brenda Lee 69, John Kerry 70, Donna Mills 73, Terri Garr 69, Max Martini 44, Lynda Day George 69, and Carlo Ponti (1912-2007). This is for someone who is either truly adventurous or has waaaaaay too much time on their hands. It looks Super cool though. This cake would go down in history. Rainbow Cheesecake Ingredients Crust 2 cups finely crushed graham crackers 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 pinch salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened Filling 4 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, room temperature 1 1/3 cups sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 pinch salt 1 cup sour cream 1 cup heavy cream 4 large eggs 1 each of liquid food colors (blue, yellow, green, red) Directions 1 Preheat oven 350 degrees. Before you get started with the crust, make sure your 9 inch springform pan is water tight. I do this by carefully wrapping a few layers of foil on the outside of the pan, so water cannot get into the pan.

Be careful not to rip the foil or water will get into your cake and ruin it! 2 Mix crushed crackers, 2 tablespoons sugar, the cinnamon and salt together in a bowl. Then mix in butter with your clean fingers, until crumbs are pea sized. 3 Press all of the graham cracker mixture into the prepared springform pan. Press it down firmly in the pan.

I like to use a measuring cup for this, which makes it easy to get around the edges. You should have an even, flat crust. 4 Bake the crust for 10 minutes on a low oven rack. Remove from the oven, and cool completely before continuing. Turn oven temperature down to 325 degrees. 5 To make filling, cut cream cheese into pieces and add to a mixing bowl. Whip until smooth, maybe 4 minutes.

Then add 1-1/3 cups sugar, and continue to beat until smooth again, another 4-5 minutes. Next, add vanilla, salt, sour cream and heavy cream; beat until smooth.

Add in 1 egg at a time, beating briefly between each egg. 6 Once the mixture is well combined and very smooth, divide evenly into 6 dishes. Add food color to each dish to get the desired colors. (Red = 25 drops of red, Orange = 18 drops yellow + 6 drops red, Yellow = 18 drops yellow, Green = 18 drops green, Blue = 18 drops blue, Violet = 18 drops red + 12 drops blue) 7 Pour colored mixtures into cooled crust. Start with red filling, and slowly pour it right in the center of the crust.

Continue to build the rainbow by pouring the fillings directly in the center. This will create layers so that each slice has some of each color. 8 Place cheesecake into a baking dish on oven rack, and fill baking dish with boiling water about 1 inch up the side of the springform pan. 9 Bake at 325 degrees in the water bath for 1 hour and 40 minutes to 1 hour 50 minutes or until set but still jiggles slightly 2 inches from the edge. If cheesecake begins to brown on top, cover loosely with foil during last 5 minutes of baking. 10 Turn off the oven, open the oven door a crack, and let the cake cool in the oven for 1 hour.

The slow cooling will help it not crack. 11 Then loosely wrap the dish in foil so the foil isn’t touching the top of the cake and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. 12 When ready to remove cake, run a clean narrow knife around the edge of the dish, remove the foil, unlock the spring, and carefully lift off the outer ring. 13 Serve either alone or with a cherry/raspberry sauce. It’s so rich and creamy that it really doesn’t need a topping. SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my ownI post the sites they are from if the source is known. THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1953 The first Playboy magazine was published.

CONGRATULATIONS TO: Jon Cornish on winning the prestigious Lou Marsh Trophy. He is the 72nd winner of the award as Canada’s athlete of the year.

It is rare to have a team athlete win this award, it is usually given to individual sport athletes. QUOTE OF THE DAY: Never tell your problems to anyone20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them. HAPPY DECEMBER 10 BIRTHDAY TO: Bobby Flay 49, Raven Simone 28, Xavier Samuel 30, Matt Forte 28, Nia Peeples 52, Susan Dey 61, Kenneth Branagh 53, George Newbern 49, Gloria Loring 67, Sultan Kosen 33 (Guiness World Book record holder at 8’3″), Michael Clarke Duncan (1957-2012), Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), and Dan Blocker (1928-1972).

In the next couple of weeks leading up to Christmas, this is when folks begin to put up their real Christmas tree. In this blog, we’ll try to give a few tips on what type of tree to buy and how to pick out a good one. There are several advantages to selecting a real Christmas tree, beyond their fragrant appeal. First and foremost, evergreens are 100 percent biodegradable and once the season is over, can be recycled for a variety of purposes benefiting wildlife and nature in general. Purchasing a fresh-cut Christmas tree supports a local tree farmer. EDITORS NOTE: Our father Frank Lucky always seemed to have the perfect treecone shaped, bushy, no bald spots, right height, right width and smelled out of this world. Here are his “surefire” tips on how to choose a good tree when they are all bundled up frozen in a tree lot somewhere.

1.) He always chose a Scotch Pine (no real reason), 2.) In the tree lot, lift the tree off the ground about 8-12″ and give it a few hard thumps on the ground with the trunk. If just a few needles drop, then it is fresh, if lots of needles drop, you have a Charlie Browner. 3.) Stand the tree on the trunk and spin it. If it spins with a wobble, you have a crooked trunk and the tree will need to be tied to the wall if you should choose to buy it. Preferably, you should pick another.

4.) ‘Hug” the tree to feel how bushy it is. This part is personal preference as to how much room your tree will take up.

5.) ‘Frisk” the tree top to bottom to check for bald spots. If there is a real dent, choose another tree or follow some surgical advice to fix it. SURGICAL ADVICE: There are generally scraggly branches that need to be trimmed off the bottom of the tree anyway, so save the better looking trimmed branches. If you have a bald spot, then drill a hole in the trunk with a large drill bit, then trim the leftover branches down a size that will match the space, whittle a semi-sharp point and insert the branch into the trunk. No more bald spot. For a long lasting tree, follow the instructions later in this blog.

Insert the tree into the stand, straighten, and secure. Fill the reservoir with warm water. Trees drink heavily at first.

Replenish as needed, keeping the water level high. SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my ownI post the sites they are from if the source is known. SAYING OF THE DAY: If you’ve reached a point where you are asking me for advice, then face it, you’re pretty much screwed already.

HAPPY DECEMBER 9 BIRTHDAY TO: Simon Helberg 33, Judi Dench 79, Kirk Douglas 97, Donny Osmond 56, Jesse Metcalfe 34, John Malkovich 60, Felicity Huffman 51, Beau Bridges 72, Jakob Dylan 44, Dick Van Patton 85, Michael Dorn 61, Tom Kite 64, and Redd Foxx (1922-1991). If the Christmas celebrations are somewhere other than your home or you are going away over Christmas, this decorative vignette works well on an antique sideboard (as shown here) or on a mantel.

Fill footed glass compotes with miniature pinecones. Garnish with matte glass ornaments and satin ribbons, and hang more ornaments on a swag across the front. Elegant ribbon can be purchased at any fabric store (tie mix and match patterned ribbon on large ornaments) and use any clear glass bowls, vases or jars which can be bargain stores or garage sale finds. SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my ownI post the sites they are from if the source is known. SAYING OF THE DAY: If I choose you; over sleep, then you must be really special. IN MEMORY OF ONE WHO IMAGINED: John Lennon (October 9 1940 – December 8 1980) HAPPY DECEMBER 8 BIRTHDAY TO: Ian Joseph Somerhalder 35, Sinead O’Connor 47, Tyler Mane 47, Nicki Minaj 31, Dominic Monahan 37, Kim Basinger 60, Teri Hatcher 49, Gregg Allmann 66, Wendell Pierce 47, Maximilian Schell 83, Sam Kiniston (1953-1992), James McCarthur (1937-2010), Jim Morrison (1943-1971), Sammy Davis Jr.

(1925-1990), Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587), Flip Wilson (1933-1998), and David Carradine (1936-2009). This is a super neat idea, great for families!!! It’s a Christmas Eve box!!! They get new pjs, a Christmas movie, hot chocolate, snacks for the movie, etc!!! It can become a new tradition!!!!

Even if the kids are teenagers, they can still enjoy animated Christmas movies. To make the kids more involved, take them shopping for the contents of the Christmas Box, then they’ll have chosen a movie they want to see. Recommended movies Happy Feet (although it really isn’t Christmas themed), A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Miracle On 34th Street, Scrooge, The Santa Clause, Christmas Vacation and Christmas With The Kranks. SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my ownI post the sites they are from if the source is known.

THIS WILL PUT YOU ON THE NAUGHTY LIST FOR SURE: Mad at your wife? Go to the kitchen and close all the jars really tight. DECEMBER 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day HAPPY DECEMBER 7 BIRTHDAY TO: Larry Bird 57, Aaron Carter 26, Dominic Howard 36, Jennifer Carpenter 36, Ellen Burstyn 81, Priscilla Barnes 58, Eli Wallach 97, Jeffrey Wright 48, James Keach 66, Harry Chapin (1942-1981), and Ted Knight (1923-1996), ALL CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS ARE NOW ON SALE THIS WEEK FOR 30% OFF WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. THERE ARE A FEW ITEMS SOLD OUT ALREADY.