Christina Aguilera will pay tribute to Whitney Houston and music from the massively successful 1992 film “The Bodyguard” at the “2017 American Music Awards,” it was announced Monday by Dick Clark Productions and ABC, which will broadcast the ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 19. The tribute, which will feature tracks from “The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album,” comes on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the film, which was released on Nov. 25, 1992, and starred Houston.
The show will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. ET.
“Whitney herself stated in 2001 that Christina Aguilera sang the best version of her song ‘Run to You,’” a rep for Whitney Houston’s estate said in a statement. “It is with great appreciation and honor that she is returning to participate on the American Music Awards for a special tribute honoring the 25th anniversary of ‘The Bodyguard.’ Whitney said that Christina is, without a doubt, one of the best voices she enjoyed in this generation of music. From the Estate of Whitney E. Houston, we thank you with great joy!”
“I am honored and humbled to be asked to participate in such a special tribute of a timeless soundtrack that has been a huge inspiration not only in my own personal life and career but to countless aspiring singers – touching music lovers worldwide and influencing the history of music itself,” said Christina Aguilera. “To be honoring the one and only Whitney Houston is a blessing, and I am grateful to celebrate the spirit of her songs and legend that lives on. I feel eternally fortunate to have personally met her on and off the stage. My deep appreciation for her kindness to me while coming up in the business – her graciousness, generosity, humanity and beauty – lived up to everything I could have hoped for in meeting my idol and will forever be cherished in my memory of her.”
“The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album” was co-executive produced by Whitney Houston and Clive Davis and has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide (and is certified 17x Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA). It is the top-selling soundtrack album of all time.
Nominations for the 2017 American Music Awards were announced earlier this month. Bruno Mars leads with eight nominations, including Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, and Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock. The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd tied with five nominations each, while Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi received four nominations each. Additionally, Keith Urban earned three nominations, and Rihanna and Halsey earned two nominations each.