The ‘Lady Marmalade’ songstress expressed on Instagram on October 30 her gratitude for the opportunity, saying that she was excited, honored and humbled.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of “The Bodyguard”, ABC and Dick Clark Production announced on Twitter on October 30 that Christina Aguilera would perform a tribute to Whitney Houstonand the movie at the 2017 American Music Awards, which will be held on November 19.
Aguilera will be introduced by actress Viola Davis and will perform the popular movie’s soundtracks. The soundtrack album of the movie sold more than one million copies in its first week of release. In addition, the set has sold more than 45 million copies in total and is certified platinum.
Aguilera then added through a statement, remarking that the soundtracks have been a huge inspiration to her own personal life and career. “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,” she said. “I feel eternally fortunate to have personally met her on and off the stage.”
— AMAs (@AMAs) October 30, 2017
“My deep appreciation for her kindness to me while coming up in the business,” she continued. “Her graciousness, generosity, humanity and beauty lived up to everything I could have hoped for in meeting my idol and will forever be cherised in my memory of her.”
Houston’s estate has also issued a statement following the announcement. “Whitney herself stated in 2011 that Christina Aguilera sang the best version of her song ‘Run to You’,” a representative said. “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.”
American Music Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, November 19 at 20:00 P.M. ET on ABC.