Christina Aguilera appeared at The Abbey in West Hollywood last night for a ceremony that honored her “contribution to gay culture” and celebrated the mega-bar’s recent major renovations.
Arguably America’s best known gay bar, the Abbey celebrates 21 years of business this year and continues to serve as an epicenter for nightlife in West Hollywood. A popular spot for a range of members in the LGBT community and their friends, the Abbey also happens to be an unusually good place for random celebrity sightings, with Vanessa Hudgens, Sandra Bullock, Zac Efron and Mary J. Blige included among those who have been spotted at the bar in the last year.
Aguilera joined Abbey Founder David Cooley for the unveiling of the bar’s new Gay Walk of Fame, designed to commemorate those who have made significant contributions to gay culture. The singer and Abbey Founder placed their hands and feet in cement, establishing a new tradition that recalls the classic ritual made famous to most people by the iconic forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Aguilera turned up at the popular gay bar with her boyfriend Matthew Rutler and entered the venue in a racy black corset, fish nets, and a long black shaggy jacket, paying tribute to the ceremony's the old-school Hollywood theme, which Aguilera later noted reminded her of her second to last album, "Back to Basics."
Aguilera addressed the crowd after taking the stage, thanking them for coming out for the evening. "It has been such a crazy time for me over the past year, she said. "It feels so good to come full circle and be here with you guys."
The singer added that The Abbey was one of her favorite places in LA and shouted that she was "so happy to be here with all of you!" Just before putting her tiny heels into the cement, Aguilera cheered in her signature growl "To new beginnings!"