Stripped is the fourth studio album by American pop recording artist Christina Aguilera. It was released on October 26, 2002. It reached the top two of the album charts in both the United States and United Kingdom and features two UK number-one hits: "Dirrty" which gained criticism and controversy for its explicit content and accompanying music video, and "Beautiful", which went onto become one of Aguilera's most successful and memorable tracks peaking at number 2 in the US. The music video for "Beautiful" directed by Jonas Ĺkerlund garnered much attention, as it touched on the subjects of anorexia nervosa, homosexuality, bullying, self-esteem and transgender issues. Simon Cowell noted that it is "one of the best pop songs ever written."
Aguilera had four nominations for the Grammy Awards in the categories Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Dirrty" and "Can't Hold Us Down", Best Pop Vocal Album and won the award of Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Beautiful"). It is number 77 in the best-selling albums chart of the 2000s in the United States. Stripped is the 73rd best selling album of all time in the UK.
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Love. Angel. Music. Baby. debuted to generally favorable reviews from contemporary music critics. The album yielded six singles and had high sales, going multi-platinum in several countries, and selling seven million copies worldwide. It earned Stefani six Grammy Award nominations in 2005 and 2006.
The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number seven, selling 309,000 copies. Following the April 2005 release of "Hollaback Girl", Love. Angel. Music. Baby. re-entered the top fifteen for twenty-one weeks and reached a peak at number five on June 18, 2005. The Recording Industry Association of America certified the album triple platinum that December, and it went on to sell four million copies. At the Billboard Music Awards, Stefani won the Digital Song of the Year award for "Hollaback Girl" and the New Artist of the Year Award, and she performed "Luxurious" with Slim Thug at the event. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, Stefani received a nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "What You Waiting For?" and performed "Rich Girl" with Eve. At the next year's awards, Stefani received five nominations for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.