Twenty-five years after The Bodyguard came out, Christina Aguilera has honored the film’s momentous accomplishments — the soundtrack is the best-selling movie album of all time — as well as its late star, Whitney Houston.
Aguilera performed a medley of songs from the 1992 release Sunday night at the American Music Awards. She traveled through “I Have Nothing,” “Run To You,” and “I’m Every Woman,” after, of course, kicking things off with “I Will Always Love You,” originally written and released by Dolly Parton and covered by Houston for the LP, while anchoring the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Throughout, favorite clips from the film, which also starred Kevin Costner, streamed behind the singer. Tears, meanwhile, flowed in front of her. By the end, as “Woman” was peaking, the entire room was on their feet dancing and clapping along.
In a video posted to Twitter after the performance, Aguilera said she had the “time of my life” covering Houston’s classics.
Viola Davis introduced the set. “What a voice Whitney had,” she said. “What an artist.”
In a press release, she added, “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.”
Houston died in 2012 at the age of 48, a night before that year’s annual Grammy Awards.