Christina Aguilera, with a little help from Adam Lambert, added an extra sparkle to LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations in New York this weekend.
Lambert had an unannounced guest appearance on Aguilera’s NYC Pride Island concert On Sunday, he joined the “Dirrty” diva on the Brooklyn Army Terminal stage for a high-octane performance of “Lady Marmalade.”
The performance came as a surprise even to Lambert, who said Aguilera only invited him to go on stage with her after wishing her the best of luck with her performance.
“Who knew a friendly ‘Have Fun’ text would turn into an invitation to perform with the legendary diva Xtina?!” the ‘American Idol’ veteran and Grammy nominee wrote on Instagram. “As many of you know, I’ve been a fan of hers for about… ‘2000!!! I learned to really whine by listening to her.”
He added: “Thank you Xtina for this surreal moment celebrating NY Pride!!! I adore you!”
Watch Christina Aguilera and Adam Lambert sing “Lady Marmalade” below.
Lambert’s appearance came in the second half of Aguilera’s 13-song hit-packed set. Other highlights included “Can’t Hold Us Down” and “Fighter”, both from their 2002 album “Stripped”, as well as the tender “Say Something”, performed as a duet with Ian Axel of the band A Great Big World.
Aguilera and Lambert have been hoping to work together for some time. In May 2020, Lambert shared that the two pop stars were plan a trip together before arenas and other venues were shut down to stem the spread of COVID-19.
“Do you know what is funny? There was a whole plan to tour w [Aguilera] this summer in the US” he tweeted at that time. “Big venues too! But unfortunately everything went into lockdown before we were ready to announce it… Wait see if we can postpone it!”
Sunday was Aguilera’s second appearance in New York last weekend. On Friday night, she sang three of her classics – including her breakthrough 2002 hit “Beautiful” – at Stonewall Daya fundraiser for the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, which is slated to open next year.
In March, Aguilera received GLAAD’s Advocate for Change Award in recognition of her lobbying work on behalf of the LGBTQ community.