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April 8, 2011

IconChristina Aguilera tops ‘empowering’ gay song poll

“Beautiful”, the 2003 hit from Christina Aguilera, has been voted “the most empowering pop song of the last decade” in a poll for lesbian, gay and bisexual people commissioned by Stonewall.

“I’m delighted to have been voted the most inspirational pop act by Stonewall’s supporters,” said Aguilera in response to the news. “My gay fan base is so important to me and this continues my special relationship with them.”

The song was written by lesbian musician and producer Linda Perry, formerly of the 4 Non Blondes. Its music video features LGBT themes, which include gay men kissing and a trans woman applying make-up.

“Professor of Pop” Paul Gambaccini places “Beautiful” in the context of other recent hits from LGBT-friendly artists, such as P!nk and Lady Gaga. “Recently many of the United States’ leading female vocalists have recorded anthems of self-empowerment as a response to bullying, homophobia and misogyny in schools and society. Several of these have become major hits.”

Participants were given a choice of five songs to vote for. The results were as follows:

1. Christina Aguilera – Beautiful (33%)
2. Boyzone – Better (25%)
3. Lady Gaga – Born This Way (17%)
4. Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control (16%)
5. Katy Perry – Firework (9%)

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Ruth Pearce

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