Of all the pretty young girls and hungry young boys that the entertainment industry and pop culture complex has chewed up and spit out since the VCR was invented, one of the few to survive with any sanity intact has been Christina Aguilera.
Surprised? You shouldn't be.
The hydra that counts Variety, Entertainment Tonight and TMZ among its many ugly heads values appeal and marketability far more than it values talent. So, among all of the aspiring rock stars who have stood before the modern-day Medusa that calls itself Perez Hilton, it makes sense that the one who didn't transform into a desperate, stone-crazy, uber-id is the one who has some legitimate talent. The one who followed, in hindsight, a pretty logical path of personal development while all the world watched.
She was sweet, adorable and aspirational.
Then she was Redman's bottom bootch.
Most recently, she got her art on in a real way.
She is a fully-formed, seemingly rational, working artist.
Granted, there's still plenty of time for Christina Aguilera to cave in completely to the yearnings for validation that drive all creative people a little bit batty. But, for now, I think she's the sanest one of all.
It's a shame we can't say the same about...NAME OF YOUR FAVORITE "ARTIST" HERE.