On this day in 1993, Whitney Houston released ‘I’m Every Woman’ as her second single from the iconic soundtrack for ‘The Bodyguard’.
The track was originally recorded by Chaka Khan in 1978, who made an appearance in Whitney’s music video for the song. The two divas performed it as a duet as part of VH1’s ‘Divas Live’ special in 1999, which was then released on CD and DVD.
While ‘I’m Every Woman’ peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for two weeks, Whitney’s previous single ‘I Will Always Love You’ was spending its 13th and 14th weeks at #1. ‘I’m Every Woman’ topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart, peaked at #5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and #26 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. It was also a bigger international hit than the song’s original release.
The music video, in which Whitney was pregnant with her daughter Bobbi Kristina, earned an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video. In addition to Chaka Khan, the video featured cameo appearances from Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston, TLC, and Valerie Simpson, who co-wrote the song with her husband Nick Ashford.
Watch the music video: