Originally made legendary in 1974 by the funk glam group LaBelle (fronted by one Miss Patti LaBelle) “Lady Marmalade” got a new life in 2001 thanks to a cover by Mya, Aguilera, Pink, and Lil’ Kim, produced by Missy Elliott for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack.
Prior to headlining the event, Aguilera spoke to People about how grateful she is to the LGBTQ+ community for embracing her. “I was also proud to put a spotlight on the LGBTQ+ community with my ‘Beautiful’ music video, which features a gay couple, as well as a trans woman,” she told the publication. “I wasn’t thinking too much about it beyond wanting to show people owning who they are. It was somehow taboo at the time, but it represented something so true. I still hear stories about how that video has helped people, and it means everything to me.”
Aguilera continued, “I also want to mention that my friends in the LGBTQ+ community have helped me in ways that I will never forget. They’ve allowed me the freedom to be myself and share my deepest, darkest secrets with them.”
“Being an LGBTQ+ ally is not something that’s short-lived. It’s in my DNA,” Aguilera told PEOPLE ahead of her headlining gig at L.A. Pride. “There’s nothing like performing for my LGBTQ+ fans. I feel safe with them to express myself however I want, whether it be through a huge ballad or something super sensual because they appreciate it all. I get to be as colorful and loud as I want to be. They’re my people.”