ABC and Dick Clark productions announced Monday that Christina Aguilera will perform a 25th anniversary tribute to Whitney Houston and The Bodyguard at the 2017 American Music Awards on November 19th.
Aguilera, who has often cited Houston as one of her childhood heroes, memorably performed one of Houston’s hits at the 2001 BET Awards. “Whitney herself stated in 2001 that Christina Aguilera sang the best version of her song ‘Run to You,'” the Estate of Whitney E. Houston said in a statement.
“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,” Aguilera said in a statement. “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.”
Houston won 22 AMAs throughout her music career. She died unexpectedly in February 2012.