" is a song written by Linda Perry
. It was eventually recorded by American singer Christina Aguilera
and produced by Linda Perry
for Aguilera's fourth studio album, Stripped
(2002). A cello
, it tells the story of someone who is fighting against low self-esteem and insecurity issues; its main message is about inner beauty and not letting other people's opinions and words disturb one's peace of mind.
The song was released as the album's second single
on December 24, 2002 and reached number one in several countries; becoming the most successful single from Stripped
, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and Canada as well as peaking at number 2 in the United States.Beautiful
received general acclaim from critics and has been noted as one of Aguilera's strongest singles. The song won the Grammy Award
for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
at the 2004 ceremony
and was also nominated for Song of the Year
. It was ranked number fifty-two on Rolling Stone
s Top 100 songs of the decade.
It also was embraced by the LGBT community
as an anthem
; and the music video gained Aguilera a Special Recognition GLAAD Award
for its positive portrayal of gay and transgender people. UK LGBT rights
the most empowering song of the decade for LGBT people.
Background and release
Perry had written "Beautiful" long before... Read More