Live broadcast will air Sunday, Nov. 19, on ABC
dick clark productions and ABC announced singer, songwriter and actress Christina Aguilera will pay tribute to Whitney Houston and music from the successful film-turned-pop culture phenomenon "The Bodyguard" at the 2017 American Music Awards.
The multitalented songstress' tribute, which will feature memorable tracks from "The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album," comes on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the film, which was released Nov. 25, 1992. The film starred one of Aguilera's all-time favorite artists, the late Whitney Houston. Houston won 22 American Music Awards, including eight in a single year, making her the most awarded female vocalist of all time.
A fan favorite and true pop icon, Aguilera has treated fans to an array of American Music Awards performances throughout the years, including her first AMA performance in 2000 with the hit singles "What a Girl Wants" and "I Turn to You," her knockout medley of "Ain't No Other Man," "Beautiful," "Dirrty," "Genie In a Bottle" and "Keeps Gettin' Better" in 2008, as well as her most recent performance of the piano ballad "Say Something" with A Great Big World in 2013.
Viola Davis will be on hand to introduce Aguilera for this homage.
The 2017 American Music Awards, the world's largest fan-voted awards show - where music enthusiasts watch their favorite artists and pop culture icons come together to honor idols, newcomers and record breakers in the contemporary music scene - will celebrate 45 years of music live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC.
"Whitney herself stated in 2001 that Christina Aguilera sang the best version of her song 'Run To You,' " the Estate of Whitney E. Houston stated. "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!"
Aguilera said, "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. 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."
Originally released on Nov. 17, 1992, "The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album" - co-executive produced by Houston and Clive Davis - was the first album verified by SoundScan to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week, won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide (and is certified 17-times platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA) and is the top-selling soundtrack album of all time.
"The Bodyguard" marked Houston's debut as a movie star, while the soundtrack - driven in part by Whitney's monumental interpretation of "I Will Always Love You" - became of one of the best-selling albums of any genre in history. Legacy Recordings (in cooperation with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston) is celebrating the 25th anniversary with the release of "Whitney Houston - I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard" on Nov. 17. The album includes never-before-released live recordings from Houston's historic "The Bodyguard Tour" (1993-95); alternate versions of the audio recordings from the "The Bodyguard" film; an alternate version of a remix of "I'm Every Woman"; additional artwork and more.
Aguilera is one of the most accomplished performers of the past decade. She has sold more than 43 million albums worldwide, achieved four No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, three top five albums in the U.S., and has won six Grammy Awards.