MTV has announced that it will honor the memory of late music diva Whitney Houston this Sunday at its European Music Awards. Houston will be honored with the EMA Global Icon Award during the ceremony, which airs from Frankfurt, Germany.
"When we choose the Global Icons, we try to look at an artist that had a substantial career spanning a long period, at least a decade and we chose Whitney Houston for all the obvious reasons,' said Bruce Godfrey, 2012 EMA executive producer. "She had one of the greatest voices of all time and (has had) a huge influence on music and other artists. We all know her music lives on."
Houston died earlier this year on February 11.
Houston will be the third Global Icon honoree in EMA history. Previously Queen and Bon Jovi were awarded.
Heidi Klum will be hosting the awards, which will air live on MTV's global network of channels, which are seen in approximately 700 million households around the globe.
Rihanna leads the nomination list with six, followed closely by Taylor Swift with five. Other multiple nomineees are Justin Bieber and Katy Perry with four, and Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Lana Del Rey and Carly Rae Jepsen with three.