Earlier in the show, Christina Aguilera belted an anthem. The Matron had chills and it wasn't about tonight or really, Aguilera.
The Modern Language Association requires one uses last names (after first introducing with a full name) and the Matronly sensibilities disallow her from veering from this requirement. Which is why you have Aguilera instead of Christina.
Many years ago, the Matron was sitting on an unfinished dissertation. She had two small children, babies really, no time and a diminished ego. Aguilera was about 14 and appeared on a Barbara Walters 'Spectacular Women' special or some such thing.
Note how she wrote "Barbara Walters," thus laying the groundwork for later use of "Walters."
As the Matronly memory goes, an ambitious, raw, teenage Aguilera said to Walters: "I've wanted this --success as an artist --since I was three. I've worked every day of my life, devoted every minute of my existence to becoming a singer. I get up at six and start working on my voice. If I'm not training --which goes beyond just singing -- I listen to music. It's all I do. Every minute of my life is devoted to achieving my goals."
The Matron was captive by the look on this young woman's face, by her transparent ambition, drive and focus. Inspiring? As God-Buddha-Oprah-Allah-Universe is/are her witness, the Matron took that unfettered ambition into her soul at that moment -- a TELEVISION moment, mind you and quite uncharacteristic -- and swore in the face of Christina Aguilera, much like Scarlett O'Hara did when she clutched soil and vowed to 'never be hungry again,' that if a 14 year old could toil endlessly to achieve her dreams -- big dreams-- the Matron could pen a dissertation.
And she did.
Thank you-- Christina. First name basis seems right.