Whitney Houston to be named ‘Global Icon’ at 2012 MTV EMAs

The late singer will be honoured at the event held in Frankfurt, Germany tonight (November 11)

Whitney Houston will be named a ‘Global Icon’ at the 2012 MTV European Music Awards tonight (November 11).

The ‘I Will Always Love You’ singer, who died aged 48 in a Los Angeles bathtub in February, will receive the posthumous honour at the event which is being held in Frankfurt, Germany and hosted by Heidi Klum, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

On honouring the late singer at the ceremony, Bruce Gilmer, executive producer of the 2012 EMAs, said: “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.”

He continued:

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.

This is only the third time MTV EMAs have awarded an artist with the ‘Global Icon’ honour. The previous recipients are Queen, who received the award last year, and Bon Jovi, who were the first to receive the award in 2010.

Meanwhile, Muse, No Doubt and American pop star Taylor Swift will be playing live at tonight’s event. The Killers and Korean YouTube sensation Psy will also be performing.

Rihanna leads the nominations for this year’s EMAs with six, including ones for Best Female, Best Pop Performer and Best Song for ‘We Found Love’, her collaboration with Calvin Harris. Taylor Swift has five nominations and Justin Bieber and Katy Perry have four.