The reborn diva had her act together in a one-shoulder sheath dress, first singing “Million Dollar Bill” to kick off the night’s festivities.
Although acrobatic breakdancers and other hoofers shared the stage, Houston commanded the spotlight, not only with her ebullient performance and vocals.
There was something old-school triumphant about her performance, and seeing her run over to kiss her aunt Dionne Warwick* after the song was just priceless. We’re right there with you, Whitney.
Check out Houston’s “Million Dollar Bill” performance:
Nice touch with the faux bills raining down, eh?
Houston also killed it with her ’80s hit “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” an appropriate song for a ballroom dance show. Pro dancers Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Chelsie Hightower, Alec Mazo, Jonathan Roberts, Lacey Schwimmer, Edyta Sliwinska and Anna Trebunskaya took to the floor for Houston’s second go.
Houston was last seen on Sunday’s American Music Awards receiving the International Artist Award.
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*For the record: The previous version of this post had erroneously reported Houston had hugged her mom Cissy Houston.