‘Breathe Again’ beauty Toni Braxton has breathed new life into her timeless classic, ‘Unbreak My Heart,’ thanks to a stirring performance at Sunday’s American Music Awards (November 24).
Backed by a stringed orchestra, the diva’s dramatic, winter wonderland take on the Diane Warren-penned tune not only made her one of the night’s most talked about performers, but has also reignited interest in the song 23 years after its release.
Last night, Braxton blew the roof off the Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater when she performed ‘Unbreak’ at the 47th Annual American Music Awards. On hand to commemorate the 25th anniversary of her first win at the ceremony, she received a standing ovation just moments after she was introduced by Paula Abdul and another standing O at the performance’s conclusion.
Just a day later (November 25), the song – originally featured on her 1996 sophomore album ‘Secrets’ (click here to read our ode to this project) – zoomed to the top of iTunes sales lists. Presently found at #1 on the site’s R&B chart, as of time reported ‘Unbreak’ is besting the sales of current artists including Chris Brown, Summer Walker, Tinashe, H.E.R., Khalid, and more.
Also earning love on the streaming front, ‘Unbreak’ – already one of the most successful singles of all time due to having spent a whopping 11 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 during its peak in 1996-97 – could see a re-entry on the chart once Nielsen’s tallied the sales impact of the AMAs on its respective performers. Keep it locked to That Grape Juice for that report once it’s furnished next week.
Congratulations to Toni!