One of the most anticipated highlights of Sunday night’s American Music Awards show was Christina Aguilera’s tribute to Whitney Houston.
This year marked the 25th anniversary of Houston’s money-making film, "The Bodyguard" (boxofficemojo.com notes that it grossed more than $122 million domestically) that earned two Oscar nominations for “Run to You” and “I Have Nothing.” The soundtrack sold more than 45 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling movie album of all time.
How to Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis introduced Aguilera and her "mesmerizing voice." Davis said: “It was this week 25 years ago when we all fell in love with Whitney Houston in the Bodyguard… The movie has become iconic thanks to its soundtrack. What a voice Whitney had. What an artist.”
Davis also said that the AMAs were Houston’s “home” because she’d received “21 AMAS—the most of any female artist in the history” of the show.
Then, Aguilera launched into a medley of Bodyguard tunes, starting with the iconic “I Will Always Love You,” then onto “I Have Nothing” and “Run to You.” After reminding folks of her vocal prowess, Aguilera took it up a notch by performing “I’m Every Woman” with a choir.
Later, Aguilera thanked Houston’s family and the AMAs on social media “for making a little girl’s dream come true.” Houston's sister-in-law Pat Houston and niece Raya Houston were in the audience at the Microsoft Theater in L.A.
In 2001, Houston complimented Aguilera at the BET Awards when she received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Houston told 20-year-old Aguilera: “You’ve done the best rendition of ‘Run to You’ besides myself.”
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