‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing’ from Armegeddon was Aerosmith’s biggest hit. It debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (the first #1 for the band after 28 years together). It is one of three songs performed by the band for the film, the other two being ‘What Kind of Love Are You On’ and ‘Sweet Emotion.’ The song stayed at #1 for four weeks. In the UK, the song peaked at number four, becoming Aerosmith’s highest charting song in the UK, where it was the 17th best-selling single of 1998, and has sold over a million copies.

armageddonWritten by Diane Warren, the song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but lost to ‘When You Believe‘ from The Prince of Egypt. The song was also nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song, losing to “I Wanna Be Mike Ovitz!” from An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn. It is one of only three songs to be nominated for both awards, the others being “How Do I Live,” from Con Air (also by Warren) and “Life in a Looking Glass,” from That’s Life! (music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse), neither of which won either award. It has won an MTV Movie Award for Best Song from a Movie in 1999.

The chorus of the song is highly reminiscent of an earlier song Diane Warren co-wrote, “Just Like Jesse James”, which appeared on Cher’s 1989 album Heart of Stone.

The song helped open up Aerosmith to a new generation and remains a slow dance staple.

The music video was shot at the Minneapolis Armory in 1998 and was directed by Francis Lawrence. It features an appearance by Steven Tyler‘s daughter Liv Tyler, who plays Grace Stamper in the film. Steven Tyler injured his knee the day before the shoot, so they used a lot of close-ups because his movement was limited.

The video was highly successful and greatly contributed to the song’s success, receiving heavy airplay on MTV and went on to become the 2nd most popular video of 1998 only behind Brandy and Monica‘s ‘The Boy is Mine’. It also won awards for MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film, and Best Video at Boston Music Awards.  – Wikipedia

What a stellar cast they assembled for Armegeddon… Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Steve Buscemi, Owen Wilson… it’s a star-studded end-of-the-world spectacular! Check out this trailer for some great one-liners from the movie. As YouTube poster Catiri Leonard commented: “The only thing this trailer is missing is my favorite line, “Russian components, American components, ALL MADE IN TAIWAN!”

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