This single was released exactly ten years ago! Happy 10th Anniversary to the most controversial Xtina Aguilera single ever, "Dirrty"!! Time flies by so fast!
"Dirrty" is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera featuring rapper Reggie "Redman" Noble. The song was written by Aguilera and Redman along with Jasper Cameron, Balewa Muhammad, and Rockwilder for Aguilera's second studio album Stripped. "Dirrty" was released on September 16, 2002 as the album's lead single.
It received mixed reviews from music critics. Commercially, in the US, it reached #48 on the Billboard Hot 100, but was better received elsewhere, cracking the top ten in 17 countries and reaching #1 in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The song is best remembered for its accompanying music video directed by David LaChappelle, for which Aguilera was allowed creative control. The video brought her sexuality to the forefront and depicted various sexual fetishes, from mud wrestling to sthenolagnia. It eliminated the teenybopper, "girl next door" image that she had accumulated from her previous work.
Aguilera's new image was widely rejected by the public to the extent that it began to overshadow her music. Entertainment Weekly described it as "the world's skeeziest reptile woman", and The Village Voice captioned her as a xenomorph from the Alien series. TIME magazine commented that "she appeared to have arrived on the set ... direct from an intergalactic hooker convention", adding that "she earned that extra r". Aguilera, stating that she like "to play and experiment, to be as tame or as outlandish as [she] happened to feel", stood by the music video and her image in response to the criticism:
[size=85]"When you are bold and open, artistically speaking, in music and in video, a whole bunch of people automatically feel threatened by you, especially in Middle America ... OK, I may have been the naked-ass girl in the video, but if you look at it carefully, I'm also at the forefront. I'm not just some lame chick in a rap video; I'm in the power position, in complete command of everything and everybody around me. To be totally balls-out like that is, for me, the measure of a true artist."
The music video was very controversial in Southeast Asia. Protests occurred in Thailand over Thai-language posters in the video that translate to "Thailand's Sex Tourism" and "Young Underage Girls". LaChapelle stated that he had not known what the posters stated, and RCA disallowed Thai television stations from playing the video.
Accolades and achievements
"Dirrty" was nominated for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" at the 45th Grammy Awards. At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, the video was nominated for Best Female Video, Best Dance Video, Best Pop Video, and Best Choreography. On its finale in 2008, MTV's TRL named the video as the Fourth Greatest Video of the MTV generation. In late 2004, the video was voted the "Sexiest Music Video of All Time" by over a quarter of a million FHM readers. Slant Magazine also named the video one of "The 100 Greatest Music Videos of All Time", coming in at #100. [/size]