String Quartet - Advanced Intermediate
By Christina Aguilera. Arranged by James M. Guthrie. Score, Set of Parts. 18 pages. Published by jmsgu3 (H0.276251-50470).
Item Number: H0.276251-50470
Duration: 3:44, Score: 10 pages, 63 measures, Tempo: quarter note = 78, Gentle ballad suitable for performance in church, wedding reception, or recital.
"Upon its release, "Beautiful" received universal acclaim from music critics, who have ranked it among Aguilera's strongest material. It won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 2004 ceremony. "Beautiful" was also a commercial success, topping the charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, where it was certified Gold for 500,000 units shipped. It was kept from the number one spot by "Bump, Bump, Bump" by B2K featuring P. Diddy.
"Beautiful" has been widely embraced as an anthem by the LGBT community for its message of self-empowerment and inner beauty. An accompanying music video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, and earned Aguilera a GLAAD Media Award for its positive portrayal of gay and transgender people. In 2011, UK LGBT rights organization Stonewall named "Beautiful" the most empowering song of the previous decade for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. In 2009, Rolling Stone and VH1 listed it as one of the best songs of the 2000s (decade). The song is widely recognized as one of Aguilera's signature songs and has been covered on numerous occasions and featured on several television shows.
"Beautiful" was quickly released after the underperformance of the album's first single, "Dirrty". It achieved international success and was the highest-charting single from Stripped in several territories. The song peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became Aguilera's longest-charting solo track, spending twenty-seven weeks on the chart. The song additionally topped Billboard Adult Contemporary, Hot Dance Club Songs, and Pop Songs component charts. By March 2006, it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 500,000 copies.. As of August 2014, the single has sold 1,512,000 digital copies in that country. In Canada, the song reached number 1 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100.
"Beautiful" proved similarly successful in Europe, where it peaked within the top five of most markets in which it was released. Spending a total of fifty-one weeks on the UK Singles Chart, the song eventually peaked atop the chart; it was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry. It peaked at numbers 3 and 18 on the Belgian Ultratop 50 and Ultratop 40, respectively. In Germany, the song peaked at number 9 after charting for thirteen weeks on the Media Control Charts. However, "Beautiful" proved less successful on the French Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique, where it reached number 27. In the Pacific regions, the song failed to chart in any Asian markets, but maintained a strong performance in Oceania. It peaked at number 1 on the Australian ARIA Charts, where it spent a total of thirteen weeks. "Beautiful" was later certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments of 70,000 units. The song also charted on the New Zealand Top 40 Singles Chart for twenty-three weeks, during which period it peaked at number 1." - Wikipedia
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