Disney legends indeed.
A new class of honorees was inducted Friday at a star-studded ceremony to kick off the D23 Expo, Disney’s biennial fan convention. According to the company, a Disney Legend is someone who has “made remarkable contributions to the Disney legacy,” and this year that meant 12 famous faces across film, television, music, and more were all added to the legendary list.
Christina Aguilera first joined the Disney family as a member of Disney Channel’s The All New Mickey Mouse Club. She also sang the pop version of “Reflection” from Mulan for the film’s end credits and soundtrack, and she revived the song to kick of the Legends ceremony at the expo. The singer has appeared on dozens of Disney television shows and specials, including Dancing with the Stars and ABC’s Nashville in 2015.
“This is way cooler than a Grammy, I thought you should know,” Aguilera said, laughing, upon accepting her award. On a more serious note, the singer noted that “the world of Disney has made me feel like anything is possible from a young age.” Of “Reflection,” she said the lessons within the song have stayed with her. “To live your truth, to show who you are inside, to be brave, to be a fighter — and now these are messages I can pass on to [my kids].”