Christina Aguilera gave a courageous and heartfelt tribute to Whitney Houston at the 2017 American Music Awards (see winners list) and we want to know what YOU thought of her performance of some of Houston’s biggest hits from “The Bodyguard.” Did she deliver the goods worthy of a standing ovation? Or was she out of her league when it came time to deliver the big notes? Watch the tribute above and then vote down in our poll below.
Aguilera kicked off her performance with the most iconic number of them all, “I Will Always Love You.” The song is an epic juggernaut that has challenged even the greatest vocalists who have attempted to match Houston’s rendition. She then parlayed into “I Have Nothing,” “Run to You” and “I’m Every Woman.” Aguilera wasn’t vocally flawless, but she left it all on the stage as Pink nodded her head in admiration. Some members of the audience were crying as clips of Houston were shown for this celebration of the 25th anniversary of “The Bodyguard.”
Although the ballads were the focus of this medley, the crowd appeared to be having the most fun during “I’m Every Woman.” It made me wish Aguilera had included “Queen of the Night” as part of the set. That song was yet another memorable hit from the soundtrack and seems as if it would fit right in Christina’s wheel house as a performer.
In 1994 Houston took home eight AMAs for “The Bodyguard Soundtrack,” tying Michael Jackson’s record for the most wins in a single year. Earlier that evening she opened the ceremony with a tour-de-force medley of “I Loves You Porgy/And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going/I Have Nothing.” The spellbinding performance left the audience awe-struck as they leapt to their feet less than halfway through the 10-minute set and remained standing for the duration. Houston is the all-time leader for AMA wins among female artists with 22 total, including a special International Artist Award she received in 2009.
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