Releasing new music 1
At last! Aguilera returned to her roots and reversed from coach back to artist with the release of her seventh album, Lotus. Though the CD didn't sell as well as some of her past ones, I was personally relieved to hear that she sounded a lot more like the old Xtina on her new music than the utter disaster that was her last record, Bionic. And she wasn't just making her own music! She partnered with everyone from co-stars Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine (with band Maroon 5) to Pitbull!
Etta James Tribute 2
In January, Aguilera performed a beautiful rendition of “At Last” at Etta James’ private funeral. And though some people were more concerned with her apparent spray tan fail, I cared more about how she sounded (AMAZING!) than her appearance.
Stating her mind 3
Aguilera is known for saying pretty much exactly what she wants when she wants to. A lot of times, this has only served to land her in trouble. But this year, Xtina's no-nonsense attitude actually led to some pretty astute observations...like when she appeared on the cover of Latina and said "All I know is no one can tell me I’m not a proud Latina woman." Go girl!
Coaching on The Voice 5
After copping a HORRIBLE attitude towards the end of The Voice's last season, I was pretty expecting the worst this time around. But Aguilera was helpful, complimentary and just all-around nice. She still had her little diva moments here and there(well, she is Xtina after all), but it was refreshing to see her be so supportive of other artists. Heck, she even made nice with fellow coach, Adam Levine!
Of course, Aguilera's most important role of the year was the same as the past few years: being a mom to her son, Max! She was spotted out and about with him all over the place, participating in all kinds of fun activities, including pumpkin picking. Aww, so cute to see her in mommy mode!