Starship is an American rock band. Initially a continuation of Jefferson Airplane (then Jefferson Starship), it underwent a change in musical direction, after the subsequent loss of key Jefferson Starship personnel, and a lawsuit settlement. Despite all the turmoil, the band produced several hits, many of which featured in movie soundtracks.
“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” is a song co-written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren, recorded by the American rock band Starship in 1986. It is a duet featuring Starship vocalists Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas. Featured as the theme to the romantic comedy film Mannequin, it hit No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 on April 4, 1987 and reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks the following month and became the UK’s second-biggest-selling single of 1987. The song also reached the top 10 in six European countries. The single became the first number one single by songwriter Diane Warren. At the time, it made Grace Slick (aged 47) the oldest woman to have a number-one single in the United States though the record was later broken by Cher’s “Believe” in 1999 (aged 52).
The power ballad also received an Academy Award nomination for “Best Original Song” at the 60th Academy Awards. In addition to appearing on the Mannequin soundtrack, the song was also released on Starship’s album No Protection in July 1987. The music video was released in late 1986 to promote Mannequin.