The American Music Awards have just unfolded in the US, and one of the most tweeted-about moments of the night was Christina Aguilera‘s tribute to Whitney Houston.
Xtina belted out Whitney’s famous 1992 Bodyguard ballad ‘I Will Always Love You’ as part of a medley honouring the legendary soul diva, showing off some of her trademark vocal gymnastics in the process.
The song (which must surely be top the list of most-butchered at karaoke bars globally) was always in safe hands with the titanic-voiced Aguilera, although the internet is questioning whether her old arch nemesis P!nk thought so.
The camera cut to the so-what-I’m-still-a-rockstar popstar after Aguilera hit a slightly dodgy note, and her facial reaction has people, uh, shook.
Here it is in context:
— Taylor (@_aambush) November 20, 2017
Now, many have registered P!nk’s brow-furrowing wince in Christina’s general direction as shade-powered disgust, but others have interpreted it as deep concentration and rapturous astonishment.
— Ellesha🤎 (@_Javonnaa) November 20, 2017
Christina is really struggling with this Whitney tribute. Her vocals are usually spot-on. Those weird runs and her key fluctuations are best described by Pink's face (actual screenshot taken during Christina's performance). #AMAs pic.twitter.com/UplrAySUJi
— Shutyour Face (@shutyourface09) November 20, 2017
Although the ‘What About Us’ singer has been quick to call BS on speculation that she did anything but adore her old ‘Lady Marmalade’ pal’s performance, claiming it actually moved her to tears:
Yes. THIS. Christina fucking killed it tonight for one of our favorite singers ever. This about Whitney, and I am in awe of Christina's talent. Show the clip where I'm in tears, you negative Nancy's 🤘🏽✌🏼❤️ https://t.co/5Lroq73xrQ
— P!nk (@Pink) November 20, 2017
Meanwhile, other “negative Nancys” of cyberspace have been distracted from the musical side of things by Aguilera’s physical appearance, expressing shock at her sudden resemblance to a certain Aussie rapper…
For the first 10 seconds of this Xtina Whitney Houston tribute I was like "When the hell did Iggy Azalea learn to sing?" #amas
— Beauty Maven 🇬🇩 (@ShadinaAdia) November 20, 2017
— supernube (@idkyo17) November 20, 2017
Yas people, the weather forecast on the internet today has been cloudy due to maximum SHADE.
Watch a clip of Christina Aguilera’s AMA’s Whitney Houston tribute below, and you can also catch P!nk (who also performed during today’s ceremony) live when she heads to Australia for a monster tour in 2018.