She was fire and ice at the Grammys. In a tribute to Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera paid her penance proud, singing notes that soared almost to heaven as she proved redemptive of her performance of the national anthem just one week ago.
Christina Aguilera, controversial as she was at the Super Bowl last Sunday, offered nothing quarrelsome about her voice tonight, that magic set to music with her fellow ladies of song.
Those ladies stood together with voices blending in some feminine arcade of musical majesty, a range of voice that seemed to touch the very skies. Those female performers include Yolanda Adams, gospel singer, Christina Aguilera, country star, Martina McBridge, pop star, Jennifer Hudson, R&B singer and rocker Florence Welch, along with the lady Christina Aguilera, in her redemptive performance on Sunday night.
Full strength they warbled, “Sisters are doing it for themselves.” That song had meaning. This is a time when women take the stage in equal presence with the men. Tonight they did it proud. They sparkled in their clothes, mostly tight and black with bright exceptions in the hair, the skin, and an exceptional dress in lavender that Welch, her red hair gleaming wore like purpled royalty.
Grammy awards bring historical moments every year, with more categories of music and of song. Tonight was no exception with appearances by Mick Jagger, Barbra Streisand and Bob Dylan to round out a unique collection of artists who endure.
But those women at the outset, with their strength of voice matched wonderfully, gave overture to the Grammy’s in the best way they could. Redemptive and soul sisters, with Aguilera’s golden hair and golden voice, together they opened up the Grammys. Perhaps the curtain has now pulled down on whispering critics of Aguilera’s Super Bowl performance and they pen reviews tomorrow praise-fully as much as they condemned last week.
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