Travel back in time with me to June 2000, when Aguilera was set to release her third single from her self-titled debut album, which had just won her the best new artist Grammy.Following the more uptempo "Genie in a Bottle" and "What a Girl Wants" dance singles, it was time to showcase those "Reflection" pipes that would become her big-riff signature. Enter "I Turn to You."
The tune, written by superstar songwriter Diane Warren, was originally recorded by R&B group All-4-One for the Space Jam soundtrack (!) but didn't become a hit until Aguilera debuted her version, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. In honor of the CD release of the single 15 years ago this week (June 13), we're celebrating Aguilera and looking back at a few of her early performances of the track on Throwback Thursday.
Christina Aguilera through the years
Christina Aguilera's 'I Turn To You' turns 15: 5 great performances
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semis' Episode 817B -- Pictured: Christina Aguilera -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Singer Christina Aguilera performs her hit song "Genie In A Bottle" accompanied by dancers at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards taping August 1 in Santa Monica. The award show, celebrating the hottest teen icons in film, television, music, sports and fashion was sponsored by Seventeen magazine and will be broadcast on the FOX television network in the United States on August 12.
Singers Britney Spears (L) and Christina Aguilera appear on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on September 7, 2000. Spears and Aguilera were both nominated for awards in the show.
Singer Christina Aguilera, pictured June 2, 2001 at the 2001 MTV Movie
Awards in Los Angeles, was nominated for two Latin Grammy awards,
including Best Record of the Year for "Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti" ("But I
remember you"), the Latin Recording Academy announced July 17 at a
press conference in Miami. The awards will be presented September 11
during a ceremony at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.
Singer Christina Aguilera poses as she arrives at the sixth annual
"Teen People" 25 Hottest Stars under 25 party in Hollywood May 5, 2003.
Aguilera was named to the list which features the top young stars in
film, music and television. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at the 46th annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, February 8, 2004. REUTERS/Fred Prouser FG/SV
Singer Christina Aguilera performs 'When You Wish Upon A Star' on stage at Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration. Singer Christina Aguilera performs the Disney song 'When You Wish Upon A Star' at Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration ceremony, at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California May 5, 2005. Walt Disney, founder of the Walt Disney Company and visionary behind the creation of Disneyland, opened the park on July 17, 1955. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Singer Christina Aguilera performs at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards taping at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California June 3, 2006.
Christina Aguilera performs on ABC's Good Morning America in New York's Bryant Park August 18, 2006. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES)
Christina Aguilera holds her Grammy after winning Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Ain't No Other Man" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 11, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)
Singer Christina Aguilera is interviewed as she arrives at the 'Africa Rising' Festival at the Royal Albert Hall, in London October 14, 2008. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico (BRITAIN)
Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles June 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Christina Aguilera waves at the premiere of "Burlesque" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California November 15, 2010. The movie opens in the U.S. on November 24. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni(UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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1. Prior to the release of her album, Aguilera built buzz performing at industry events, where bigwigs were blown away by her pipes.
2. As part of her single promotion, Aguilera stopped by The Rosie O'Donnell Show to blow away the daytime-TV audience.
3. For a performance on ABC, Aguilera sang the tune in both English and Spanish, hinting at her Spanish-language album sophomore effort, Mi Reflejo.
4. "I Turn to You" was in regular rotation as part of her 2000 My Reflection concert.
5. Aguilera combined her two latest singles -- "What a Girl Wants" and "I Turn To You" -- for her 2000 American Music Awards performance.