Christina Aguilera performs at the 45th American Music Awards

Christina Aguilera performs at the 45th American Music Awards

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Who better to honor the late, great Whitney Houston than another powerhouse singer. Introduced by "How to Get Away with Murder's" Viola Davis, Christina Aguilera gloriously took the stage at the 2017 American Music Awards with a medley of songs from the iconic The Bodyguard soundtrack, which hits its 25th anniversary this year.

Positioned in the middle of the room, Aguilera began with an a cappella intro of "I Will Always Love You," her smokey alto filling the arena, before segueing into several other standout cuts, including "Run to You" and "I Have Nothing." The performance also included "I'm Every Woman." Footage from the legendary 1992 film, also starring Kevin Costner, played in the background.

Ahead of the performance, Aguilera shared her feelings in a press statement, "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. 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."

The Houston estate stated simply: "Whitney said that Christina is without a doubt one of the best voices she enjoyed in this generation of music."

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