Christina Aguilera has been voted the most inspirational pop star for gay people.

Equality charity Stonewall found the 30-year-old singer's hit 'Beautiful' was the most empowering song for young homosexuals in the last decade - beating Lady Gaga and Katy Perry to the accolade - and she says she is pleased to get the award.

Christina revealed: "I'm delighted to have been voted the most inspirational pop act by Stonewall's supporters - my gay fan base is so important to me and this continues my special relationship with them."

I'm delighted to have been voted the most inspirational pop act by Stonewall's supporters - my gay fan base is so important to me and this continues my special relationship with them.

The video for the song features a number of people marginalised by mainstream society, including a same-sex couple.

Other songs to make the shortlist included Gaga's 'Born This Way' and 'Standing in the Way of Control' by The Gossip - who are fronted by openly lesbian singer Beth Ditto.

Christina - who was recently arrested for public intoxication in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, with her boyfriend Matt Rutler - has been an advocate of anti-bullying campaigns in the past.

She said: "I know just how important it is to feel like you can be yourself - in your career and in your everyday life. For anyone who feels like an outsider, I want to say: Don't let the bullies win. Be yourself - and don't let words get you down."

Top five songs in the Stonewall social media poll for most inspirational pop song:

1. Christina Aguilera - 'Beautiful'

2. Boyzone - 'Better'

3. Lady Gaga - 'Born This Way'

4. Gossip - 'Standing in the Way of Control'

5. Katy Perry - 'Firework'