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February 28, 2002

Christina wins third Grammy Award; performs 'Lady Marmalade' live


Mya, Christina and Lil' Kim

Christina joined the elite club of 'three-time Grammy winner' on Wednesday night, February 27 as 'Lady Marmalade,' the phenomenally successful single Christina recorded with Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink, and Missy Elliot from 'Moulin Rouge' won Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

Moments before winning, Christina and her powerhouse quartet gave a steamy live performance of 'Lady Marmalade' with very special guest Patti Labelle. Patti originally took 'Lady M' into the Top Ten in 1975. The 44th Annual Grammy Awards was broadcast live by the CBS Television Network.

See photos of the 2002 Grammy Awards

For the third year in a row, Christina has been nominated for a Grammy Award, actually receiving two recognitions in the Best Pop Collaboration category: 'Nobody Wants to Be Lonely', Christina's international smash duet with Ricky Martin from Ricky's album, 'Sound Loaded' [Columbia Records Group] shared the category with 'Lady M.'

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals is reserved for collaborative performances by artists who do not normally perform together - singles or tracks only.

Upon winning, Christina told the audience, 'Oh, man! Oh, my gosh! This was so unexpected. Thank you to the academy and everybody. Thank you mom and dad and Michael and my family. And my girls right here, thank you guys.' Lil' Kim added, 'We want to say thank you God for blessing us and whoever made the decision to give us this award, we want to thank you.' Mya said, 'I would like to say hi to my mom and dad and thank you Jimmy Iovine for fighting for me to be on this project, and Ron Fair and Missy - everybody there incorporated in this project, thank you so much.' Pink simply added 'Hi, mom.'

The night's live performance of 'Lady Marmalade' was the third time Christina, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink, and Missy Elliot have graced the stage together, having rocked the house at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards and Wango Tango 2001. Patti explained less than an hour after the performance: 'I went to Grammy rehearsal, rested and came back to perform with the 'Moulin Rouge' girls for the first time. I'll sleep tonight. It was AWESOMELY unbelievable! One of the highlights of my career, and I'm so happy they won!'

Full details on performing with Patti

For the red carpet entrance, Christina wore her hair in a Marilyn Monroe-style cut. Her dress was a vintage Hollywood style design and her shoes were classics from the Sex Pistols' former manager's London clothing store Sex. According to E! 'Platinum jewelry designer Neil Lane of Los Angeles layered necklaces on Christina Aguilera. She wore a platinum and diamond choker attached to a black satin ribbon, a long, chunky platinum and diamond chain and a platinum, diamond and onyx cross pendant. Her vintage platinum, diamond and onyx drop, pear-shaped earrings and bracelet were visible from the highest seats in the house. Lane also provided Christina and Mya with sexy, dangling diamond and platinum earrings for the festivities.' E!'s Online Poll chose Christina for Best Hairstyle. raved: 'We think whoever thought of turning Christina, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim into courtesans and combining their sexual force into a single video inspired by Moulin Rouge deserves a Grammy. Here's the hottest crew of the year.'

'Moulin Rouge - Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film' [Interscope Records] was also nominated for Best Compilation for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media.

The 'Moulin Rouge' ladies joined an impressive lineup of artists who performed including Bob Dylan, OutKast, Alan Jackson, Alicia Keys, Alejandro Sanz with Destiny's Child, Dave Matthews Band, 'N Sync with Nelly, a tribute to the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack featuring nominated artists Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, Gillian Welch, and Dan Tyminski and Pat Enright (appearing as the Soggy Bottom Boys), Train and U2.

The 44th Annual Grammy Awards featured 28 musical fields, ranging from pop and gospel to reggae and polka. With this year's addition of the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category, there are now 101 categories.

- Al Gomes for

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