What would you do if you got the chance to sing with legendary singer Christina Aguilera? The voice behind mega-hits like “Genie in a Bottle,” “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” and “Moves like Jagger?”
Most of us would jump at the chance to sing with someone who sold 75 million records worldwide and earned five Grammys and one Latin Grammy.
But if you’re anything like the frontman for the local New Orleans band Aguilera approached last Thursday, November 8, you would say “no thanks.”
Because you fail to recognize her and turn her away!
— steven💧 (@amensteven) November 18, 2018
The band—a reggae group known as Claude Bryant and the All Stars—was playing at Cafe Negril, as they do every Thursday night.
Aguilera was in town for the following night’s performance at The Saenger Theater as part of her Liberation tour.
Claude Bryant and the NO STARS.
— paris langford (@weeweeparee) November 14, 2018
After dancing for a while, Aguilera decided to approach the band’s frontman, Claude Bryant, and ask if she could sing a song with them. Sadly, Bryant failed to recognize her and wouldn’t hand over the microphone.
In a video, taken by a nearby fan, Christina can be heard accepting the denial gracefully:
“You don’t want that? Oh, it’s OK. I don’t have to sing.”
My wife is in New Orleans and last night at the bar she was at, comes in @xtina!!! She asked the house band if she can sing a tune and… Nope! As if she was denied?! That would have been so cool to see her sing. More to the story Christina? pic.twitter.com/NoWTwkYfyL
— drMediaPro (@drMediaPro) November 9, 2018
The next night, during her show, Aguilera told the story to her audience:
“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’.”
“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’.”
— Marchaund Jones (@meezy1991) November 10, 2018
As the audience laughed, she continued her tale:
“So I was like, ‘OK I’ll just save it for tomorrow, then.’ It’s alright. 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.”
Twitter users found the entire encounter hilarious!
well that was a big mistake
— ncgazette (@ncgazette) November 15, 2018
— Pepenador (@PepenadorAVC) November 15, 2018
— Alecia (@FischerAlecia) November 15, 2018
So it was worse than I thought.
Haha the old man denied her sing and ALSO WAS RUDE.
OK WE’RE READY TO FIGHT
— Xtian García (@DirrtyFighterrr) November 10, 2018
— Fernanda Fuentes (@fuentesdelap) November 15, 2018
She has an awesome voice and they blew it.
— Jeff Hancock (@xpertss97_jeff) November 15, 2018
— careyfreddie (@careyfreddie1) November 18, 2018
Bryant later apologized to Aguilera in an interview with WGNO—it turns out he didn’t even recognize her!
“I’m sorry, Christina. I just didn’t recognize you! I didn’t recognize her because she had a cap over her head and over her eyes.”
“She was in a jersey. She didn’t introduce herself to me. 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.”
— Kenny Lopez (@KennyLopez_TV) November 14, 2018
Interviewing Claude Bryant of Claude Bryant & the All Stars! He’s speaking out about why he didn’t let Christina Aguilera sing with him on stage @Cafenegrilnola #cafenegrilnola #xtina #christinaaguilera @xtina #tvreporterlife @wgno #tvnews pic.twitter.com/kFHKOlXUfB
— Kenny Lopez (@KennyLopez_TV) November 13, 2018
Hey Christina Aguilera @xtina #christinaaguilera , Claude Bryant & the All Stars paid a special tribute to you tonight to apologize for not recognizing you! @TMZ @ABC @CNN @people @billboard @drMediaPro @meezy1991 @PerezHilton @TribuneContent @JimmyKimmelLive @GMA @Cafenegrilnola pic.twitter.com/LgAKCGXekx
— Kenny Lopez (@KennyLopez_TV) November 16, 2018
Bryant extended an invitation to Aguilera to come by the next time she’s in town.