On May 27, 2001 “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink reached the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, holding the top spot for five weeks.
The song, produced by Missy Elliott, a remake of the 1975 hit LaBelle featuring Patti Labelle, was featured in the Baz Luhrmann musical “Moulin Rouge,” starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. The remake was both a critical and commercial success. Many critics lauded the song for featuring the distinct musical style of each artist, and praising Aguilera’s vocals. The foursome performed the song in many award shows, most notably at the 2002 Grammy Awards alongside Patti Labelle, as well at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards.
The video was also without fanfare, in which the foursome were dressed in lingerie, and performing the song in a setting that resembled the actual Moulin Rouge at the turn of the century (late 1800s / early 1900s).
Music video to “Lady Marmalade”:
The song earned the foursome a 2002 Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals; as well as two MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year and Best Video from a Film.
Random Pop Culture Fact: The song’s infamously sexually-suggestive lyric “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?” translates to “Do you want to sleep with me tonight?”