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This Old Christina Aguilera Clip Of Her Squaring Off With Ariana Grande Is The Best

Ah, memories. When it comes to celebrating our Latinidad and the big names of our culture, there really is nothing like looking back to the past. And boy does Latino Twitter know it.

Recently, Latino Twitter uses hopped into the time machines and traveled back to the past. Specifically, five years ago in 2015 for an episode of Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” in which songstress Christina Aguilera was featured. Fans of the pop star circulated the old video in which she single-handedly took down the vocal performances of some of the biggest names in the industry including Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, Meghan Trainor and One Direction. 

In a 2015 rendition of the 1977 Queen’s anthem “We Are The Champions” Aguilera ruled the scene. 

The soprano supreme belted out the lyrics to the Queen classic using her four-octave vocal range while singing along with the likes of Ariana Grande and Carrie Underwood.  The fun performance was set in the style of the iconic look from “The Brady Brunch” and see the different singers performing in their own boxes while also interacting with each other. 

Of course, the fun performance blew up recently when a Twitter user pointed out how much Christina stood out with her voice. 

Truth be told the flashback moment isn’t a big surprise. Christina has been rocking your earbuds since you were in elementary school and that is why she is the queen. Okay. Some people won’t agree with calling her a queen and some people will get too into calling her a queen. What we can all agree on is that she has a great voice and her music has been a big part of many people’s lives. 

For some more of her top performances we rounded up her 25 music videos in order.

25. “At Last”

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it is never an easy thing to do a cover of Etta James but Aguilera proved that she has the voice and the courage to do anything. The singer wasted no time jumping right in and the grainy af video gives it an authenticity rarely seen.

24. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

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Who doesn’t love a live Christmas performance? Clearly Aguilera’s fans are a fan of Christmas music because this video has millions of views on YouTube. There is just something about live music that makes everyone happy.

23. “So Emotional”

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The 1990s were all about being real and that is exactly what this video makes you feel. Aguilera and her team give you a behind the scenes look at what it takes to record a track before everyone else gets to enjoy it. Pretty cool.

22. “Change”

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This video is a lyrics video in response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Many celebrities and entertainers came forward after the tragedy to raise money for the families of the victims of the shooting. It was a touching tribute to 49 lives lost too soon.

21. “Oh Mother”

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Live performances make great music videos, mainly because you don’t have to pay all the extras since they paid to be there. “Oh Mother” is that music video with a sparkly dressed Aguilera singing on stage to thousands of adoring fans.

20. “Not Myself Tonight”

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Who else remembers when Aguilera truly started to own her Xtina nickname? This Aguilera gave her fans, who were then college-aged, quite the dance tunes to rock out to. Tbh, the sound of this pulsing through a dance club is everything to this day!

19. “What A Girl Wants”

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This is the ultimate throwback. A fresh-faced Aguilera graced televisions and album covers across the country and we ate it up. This video is the epitome of late 1990s pop as she dances with an entire dance troupe behind her. That is kind of it. Just dancing and we loved it so much.

18. “I’m A Good Girl”

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“Burlesque” was a good moment for Aguilera. The singer was exploring the world of burlesque dancing as well and performing with the one and only Cher. How could she even sing in front of Cher without getting nervous? The world will never know.

17. “I Turn To You”

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Regardless of the headlines about Aguilera during her troubled times, her voice was always undeniable. She is one of the greatest voices of her generation and this ballad proves that she is a force to be reckoned with vocally.

16.”Something’s Got A Hold”

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Another song from “Burlesque” makes this top videos list because it is just so good. if you haven;t seen the movie, you have to. Aguilera is the down and out kind of person we all love to root for and she totally delivers in the movie.

15. “Keeps Getting Better”

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This piece of anime beauty is something to behold. It is one of the weirdest music videos put forth by a pop singer and it is perfectly weird. Seriously. She is on a bicycle in a weird cartoon world and it somehow feels totally normal.

14. “The Voice Within”

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“The Voice Within” video is a haunting piece of art. Aguilera is portrayed in black and white as she lays her soul out in front of the audience. The song is about strength and even in such a vulnerable state, Aguilera delivers a strong performance and it is everything.

13. “Can’t Hold Us Down”

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Giving women the power to let men know they are not anything special with one song. Aguilera is joined by Lil’ Kim and they use their lyrics to let all the women about the world to know that they should be standing their ground and letting the little boys know they aren’t sh*t.

12. “Ain’t No Other Man”

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This song is already super fun and the music video amplifies that. Aguilera is the queen of period music videos and they are stunning. This one is a perfect example of Aguilera perfectly marrying the past fashion with her modern style of dance and keeping us so captivated.

11. “Fighter”

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Talk about an anthem. You still probably play this after a breakup and you should because it is amazing. The video is weird and perfectly angsty for the only reason you would be watching: to scream the lyrics through tears. It’s even perfect for those days you are frustrated in the office.

10. “Dirrty”

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Aguilera tried to let the world know that she was no longer a bubble gum pop princess when she released “Dirrty” and it worked. It was fun, it was raunchy, and it made likely Aguilera as an adult so much more acceptable. Plus, if you were a gay dude, you could just say you like how she was dressed and was dancing.

9. “You Lost Me”

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Such a simple video and a simple song. The marrying of the visual stylizing of this video and the song is so harmonious and infectious that it takes you to another realm.

8. “Genie In A Bottle”

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Nothing like the original hit to get you back into your Xtina roots. This song, with very little meaning, is so important for so many reasons. It was the start of the Christina and Britney feud and the start of a very specific kind of pop.

7. “Beautiful”

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This. Video. Left. Gay. Boys. Shook! This was the first time that so many little gay boys saw anything gay that was not negative. Of course, there were other moments for other communities but to have two men kissing on camera at that time was groundbreaking.

6. “Your Body”

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This song will make you think inappropriate thoughts and that is definitely the point. Aguilera owns the many different interpretations of that girl. It is pretty interesting.

5. “Come On Over (All I Want Is You)”

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Again, we are looking at the late 1990s in this video. It is a very specific time for us as pop music consumers. The aesthetic was kind of military chic with a touch with street glamor and it is brilliant. There are dance numbers because, of course. It was mandatory for this kind of pop.

4. “Hurt”

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Circuses always translate well in video form. Pairing it with a song about not being able to be who you are and wanting more makes it very woke. We all know the troubles in the circus industry and for this video to make it seem like a sad affair is a little before its time.

3. “Candyman”

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Remember what we said about Aguilera’s genius is period piece music videos? Well, here’s one that will transport you back to World War II with her USO feeling performance for a bunch of soldiers. She definitely found what works for her look and voice and has stuck to it.

2. “Pero Me Acuerdo De Tí”

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Spanish and a very toned down production is just as stunning and Aguilera wants you to know that. She never leaves the place she is in. She sits still and sings with all the power her voice can muster. There is no denying her vocal superiority after this video.

1. “Lady Marmalade”

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Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil’ Kim, and Pink gave one of the most memorable music videos of the early 2000s with this incredible hit. Who else can’t stop singing this song now?

Lil Nas Is Performing His Super Hit “Old Town Road” At The Grammys Alongside BTS—The First Ever K-Pop Band To Be Invited On Stage

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Lil Nas Is Performing His Super Hit “Old Town Road” At The Grammys Alongside BTS—The First Ever K-Pop Band To Be Invited On Stage

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BTS and Lil Nas definitely dominated the music scene in 2019. Radio stations couldn’t stop playing their music — and we couldn’t stop listening. And because we can’t decide who we love the most, The Recording Academy and CBS confirmed that the rapper and K-pop group will be performing together at this year’s Grammys.

BTS is going to perform at the Grammys!

The news was shared by the Recording Academy itself just a short time ago, and it’s even more exciting than an initial report that said only RM would be performing. 

Initially, fans thought that only one BTS member would be performing.

An initial report that said only RM would be performing. In a lengthy profile on Lil Nas X published yesterday by Variety, sources suggested that the BTS singer, producer and rapper would take part in an “Old Town Road” showing, but that hadn’t been confirmed by the Recording Academy. Now, the entire band has been included, which is much, much more thrilling for all involved, especially for BTS’s Army.

BTS will make history as the first K-pop group to perform at the Grammys.

While fans were hoping they’d attend the 2020 ceremony as nominees, this is still an incredible leap forward when it comes to Korean acts being considered by the American music industry.

Get ready for a K-country-hip-pop crossover.

This won’t be the first time all these genres mash up though. In July 2019, a remix of Nas’ “Old Town Road” was released that featured the Korean group’s rapper, RM, retitled “Seoul Town Road,” a mashup that’s likely to fit into their Grammys collaboration.

BTS and Lil Nas won’t be the only ones at the “Old Town” party.

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The Grammys have other eclectic guests slated to join in for the number as well. Country star Billy Ray Cyruswill, of course, reprise the duet part that took the tune into overdrive early in its chart life. Diplo’s also going to be on stage.

The EDM star did his own “Old Town Road” remix.

Diplo invited Lil Nas X onto his stage last May at the Stagecoach Festival for the young rapper’s first live appearance, so it’s only natural that Lil Nas would make the DJ and producer a part of his show. And lastly, to really mix it up back in the direction of country, young yodeler Mason Ramsey is also joining the chart-topping artists on stage.

With six nominations in total, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year, Lil Nas X is one of the artists with the most nominations.

Lil Nas is tied with the most nominations with Billie Eilish. The two are surpassed only by Lizzo, so it makes sense that he’d want to make his performance extra special by including all of the musicians that helped make his hit even more popular. 

The star-studded performance was planned to honor the song’s many remixes

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The segment has been called “Old Town Road All-Stars,” and in it, we’ll see the six-time nominee deliver a thrilling show of his 19-week No. 1.

According to Forbes, inIncluding BTS in its telecast is sure to help the Grammys improve ratings.

The award show’s ratings have been slipping for years. An issue that many award ceremonies have faced over the past decade. Which is why adding the most popular and beloved band in the world is sure to get plenty of people to turn on their TVs who otherwise probably would not have.

BTS and Lil Nas will be joining an incredible lineup of previously-announced performers, such as Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Ariana Grande, Jonas Brothers, Camila Cabello, and many, many more. The Grammys will air live on CBS this Sunday, January 26 at 8 PM EST.

How ‘Guantanamera’ Sung By Celia Cruz Helped Me To Better Understand My Abuelo’s Exile From Cuba

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How ‘Guantanamera’ Sung By Celia Cruz Helped Me To Better Understand My Abuelo’s Exile From Cuba

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My mother was six when she fled to the United States from Cuba with my abuela and her two siblings. After reuniting with my abuelo who fought against Fidel Castro in the Bay of Pigs War, they moved to Chicago, where they built a life for themselves completely from scratch, still gripping tenderly onto the heritage and cultures that connected them to families and friends back at home. In their efforts to keep and sustain our family’s Cuban heritage, my abuelos and my mother taught me and my siblings to love and cherish the many different and beautiful contributions that their island country has given to the world: cuisine, cafecito, Bacardí, music, and José Marti.

Naturally, as any proud Cuban-American, I have benevolently held onto all of these as my own personal tokens from an island I have never visited or known. I’m quick to boast about each of them as if they were conjured up by my own mother’s hard work in the kitchen. Still, none have Cuba’s treasures have made me feel quite so intimately linked to my family’s first home like the beloved Cuban song “Guantanamera.”

Like my abuelos and my mother’s stories of Cuba, “Guantanamera” is a song that has grown and adapted through its journey. I have heard the story of my abuelos’ wedding day more than a hundred times; the tale of how my mother cried when kids at her school called my abuelo —a Bay of Pigs prisoner who singlehandedly saved hundreds of lives after being captured by Castro — a criminal; the account of my abuela wringing her hands as she debated enrolling her children in Operation Peter Pan and how she later boarded a cargo ship holding onto only her children and memories of her life to meet my abuelo in the United States. Each anecdote is the same but is always slightly altered in some way depending on the storyteller’s mood and time that I plead for their retelling. Some days they’re drawn out, told with prideful smiles, but often they’re said quickly with an ache to forget the portal of bittersweet memories my questions have sent them through. So similarly goes the many different versions of “Guantanamera.”

It is widely accepted that the original lyrics of the song, considered to be Cuba’s unofficial anthem, were romantic in nature, but over time, the song has been interpreted as a political ode. Brought from the rural regions of the island and to airwaves by Cuban radio host Joseíto Fernández in the 1920s, the song quickly caught on among fans. Fernández performed it regularly on his show and, in the tradition of most folk music, improvised and changed verses based on the week’s events. Some days he sang about politics, and other days he purred lyrics that harped about azucar and its rising costs. Still, the song’s opening lines and chorus, “Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera / Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera,” always remained the same.

Cuban composer Julián Orbón adapted the “official” lyrics to the song using verses from Cuban freedom fighter José Martí’s poetry collection “Versos Sencillos.” Orbón’s version, the one most commonly recorded by music artists, used Marti’s lines about a “sincere man” who was from “where the palm trees grow (Yo soy un hombre sincero/ De donde crece la palma).

This adaptation, combined with other lyrics from Martí’s poems that express compassion for Cuba’s poor, is ultimately what turned “Guantanamera” into the country’s most recognized patriotic anthem. In the U.S. and internationally, the song has been interpreted and adopted as a rally for peace (in 2004, for instance, the Swedish government flipped it into an offbeat rap song to promote recycling) and performed by a wide range of artists. In 1966, the Sandpipers did a version that became an international hit, and in the years that followed, singers like Jimmy Buffett, Pitbull and even the Fugees recorded their own editions. My personal favorite is the one sung by Cuban-born singer Celía Cruz on her album “Bravo” in 1967.

My Spanish has never quite allowed me to communicate with my abuelo in his native language fluently, but “Guantanamera” has let me do so.

Most conversations with my abuelo come with a melding of his so-so English and my mediocre Spanish. Together, we’re able to find a common ground that allows us to make each other laugh, exchange “te quiero mucho muchos” and grants me the ability to learn about the family and life he was forced to leave behind. In worse case scenarios, my abuela, a retired Spanish teacher, or my mother will intervene to translate. But when it comes to “Guantanamera,” abuelo and I have never needed assistance. Together, we’ve sung the song, our separately known variants, not always familiar with the lines each other sings but always well aware that in those moments they fill us with a deep love for each other and the versions of Cuba we both know.

Recently, during a visit with my abuelos, we sat together in their snug living room listening to Celía Cruz’s illustrious take of “Guantanamera” as her throaty voice sang over flute trills and drums. Old pictures of primos and tias looked down at us from the walls as we first listened carefully to the lyrics.

There’s no knowing what will prompt one of the Cubans in my family to break out into song. My most playful tía will chorus a line to tell stories; my brother does it at the dinner table even though he knows he’ll be told it’s rude, and my mother does it when she wants you to be in a better mood. Like them, my abuelos and I couldn’t help ourselves as Celía’s lively low-range voice started the chorus. Not against the charms of “Guantanamera.” Soon enough, abuela, abuelo and I were all singing the different Spanish versions of the song we hold dear.

Truthfully, if ever there was a moment that I thought I could burst from feeling so whole, it was sitting there in their living room, watching as the burden of my abuelo’s struggles of exile, always easy to decipher in his quietly distracted stares, seemed almost completely forgotten as he sang with pure delight.

“Guantanamera” is a song that has had a rhythmic presence in my life for as long as I can remember.

Like the smell of aftershave on my abuelo’s worn blue guayabera and the cheekiness of my abuela’s wily grin, I could make out that song anywhere, even despite the many versions it holds. Including the one I’ve heard my abuelo hum while brushing his teeth and the one my mother tries to keep in tune to while singing along to Cruz as she drives in the car. Like the different impressions of the song, Cuba is a country that has been strongly woven into our different narratives. Still, while my relationship and experience with Cuba will never tug on the strings of my heart with the same pang as it does on my abuelos or my mother, “Guantanamera” reminds me that the island is much more of a home than a foreign place that my family’s exile might try to make me believe.