In True Form, Christina Aguilera's People's Choice Awards Speech Is All About the Fighting Spirit

Christina Aguilera is reflecting on — and receiving the appropriate praise for — her two decades in the industry. The veteran triple-threat appeared at the 2021 People's Choice Awards on Dec. 7 to accept the show's first-ever music icon award. Becky G, who recently collaborated with Aguilera on "Pa Mis Muchachas," presented the inaugural award.

"What an exceptional honor. To be standing here receiving an award with the word 'icon' is truly surreal," Aguilera said in her speech, which followed her powerhouse performance of greatest hits like "Genie in a Bottle" and "Beautiful," as well as a song from her forthcoming Spanish-language album — her first since Mi Reflejo in 2000. Aguilera added, "My music has always been for the fighters in this world . . . Thank you for your stories, thank you for listening, and thank you for fighting."

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Aguilera has reemerged with full force following the six-year hiatus that took place between 2012's Lotus and Liberation in 2018. (During that time, she also welcomed her two children, Max and Summer.) Liberation was well-received critically, boding well for her upcoming ninth studio album, and two of its singles received Grammy nominations. More recently, Aguilera made her return to the Latin Grammys with a sexy, girl-power performance of "Pa Mis Muchachas."