This song was nominated for Best Original Song at the 65th Annual Academy Awards in 1993, but lost out to 'A Whole New World' from Aladdin.
The song was written by David Foster and Linda Thompson, a former beauty pageant winner who had previously dated Elvis Presley and was married to former Olympian Bruce Jenner (now known as Caitlyn Jenner), before marrying her songwriting partner Foster in 1991. They were both nominated for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture.
This was the third single from this movie’s soundtrack. It debuted at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart when her other two songs, "I Will Always Love You" and "I'm Every Woman" were still in the top ten.
The song is a one of the greatest power ballads of all time and is essentially about deep love and the confusion that happens to lovers due to the different perceptions of women and men when it comes to relationship commitment.
Today’s superstar signed a unique contract allowing her to select which songs she would perform in this film, and she agreed upon this power ballad, which was a good move!
Following the mammoth success of the soundtrack's lead singles 'I Will Always Love You' and 'I'm Every Woman', this song was another hit.
It reached the top five in the US, Canada and the UK and helped the soundtrack become one the best-selling of all time.
Many artists have covered the song live, including:
- Ariana Grande (at the White House)
- Christina Aguilera
But nobody did it better than the original. When she performed "I Have Nothing" at the 4th Billboard Music Awards in 1993, she received a well deserved standing ovation.