Christina Aguilera Turned Down by Local New Orleans' Band After Asking to Sing With Them

Charles Sykes/Invision/AP
Christina Aguilera attends the Harper's BAZAAR "ICONS by Carine Roitfeld" party at The Plaza on Sept. 7, 2018 in New York. 

The band's frontman later said he denied Aguilera because he 'didn't recognize' her.

While on the road for her Liberation tour, Christina Aguilera asked to sing with a band in a New Orleans bar on Thursday (Nov. 8), but was turned down.

The night before her show at The Saenger Theater, Xtina stopped by Cafe Negril, a popular bar on Frenchmen Street. Claude Bryant and the All Stars, a local reggae band that plays every Thursday, was performing at the bar, according to eyewitness reports.

After spending most of the night dancing, Aguilera eventually went up to the band's frontman Claude Bryant and asked if she could join them for a song.

Aguilera was turned down, though. In a video captured by a fan, Xtina is seen talking to Bryant at the bar as he denies her the microphone. “You don’t want that? Oh, it’s OK. I don’t have to sing,” she can be heard saying, but appears to take it all in stride.

 

The next night, during her Liberation tour, Aguilera commented on the situation. “I go to this little bar and there’s this live band playing, and I was with a couple of my dancers and I was just like, ‘Let me just get up on stage and jam with this guy. Maybe I’ll sing a song or whatever and be fun,’” she told the audience. “He would not give me the mic. He was, like, a little older and he was just like, he was not feeling it. He was not gonna give up his mic. I was like, ‘Oh, I just want to come just let me come up,’ and he just said, ‘What, are you gonna dance for me?’ I was like, ‘No, I just want to sing a song with you."

“So I was like, ‘OK I'll just save it for tomorrow, then.’ It’s alright," she continued. "It’s all good. He was like, ‘Don’t hurt yourself!’ I was like, OK. This is just -- you’re not feeling me. It’s OK. I’m just gonna depart ways. Be on my little merry way. Find somewhere else to go."

Bryant later told WGNO that it was all because he didn't recognize the Grammy winner. “I’m sorry, Christina. I just didn't recognize you! I didn't recognize her because she had a cap over here head and over her eyes. She was in a jersey. She didn't introduce herself to me,” he said. “I asked her if she wanted to dance and she said that she wanted to sing. I started playing the beginning riff of the song, ‘No, No, No’ by Bob Marley, but then her bodyguard picked her up off the stage and she left.”

Check out fan footage of the moment, and Xtina's explanation at her show, below.


THE BILLBOARD BIZ
SUBSCRIBER EXPERIENCE

The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.


To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.