Like all of us, stars will always love Whitney Houston. Big stars from both the music and film industry like co-hosts Britney Spears, Halle Berry, and Taraji P. Henson gathered last night in LA at the Nokia Theatre to pay their respects to the late singer with a tribute concert.
Britney shared a personal memory of Whitney, telling the audience that her cover of “I Have Nothing” helped land her a record deal in her teens.
Jennifer Hudson, Usher, and Celine Dion, among others, lent their vocal talents to Whitney’s popular songs.
Powerhouse J-Hud started the night off with a medley of tunes from the singer’s earlier ‘80s dance years—“I’m Every Woman,” “How Will I Know,” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”—more upbeat numbers compared to the incredible rendition she gave of Whitney’s signature ballad, “I Will Always Love You,” at the Grammys in February. It was just 24 hours after the singer had been found dead in her hotel bathroom at the Beverly Hilton.
Usher gave his version of “I Believe in You and Me,” backed by a full choir, and Celine Dion moved everyone with a taped version of “The Greatest Love of All.”
Memories of the star were shared with those who worked and knew her. Jordin Sparks, who co-starred with Whitney in Sparkle and sang the title song from the movie.
A beautiful and thoughtful choice was to let no one else sing “I Will Always Love You.” Organizers decided to leave that to Whitney herself—footage of her performance at the ’94 Grammys were shown instead.
It was a somber celebration of her life and legacy that made no mention of her personal struggles with drug abuse—just an evening of her music. Her newly engaged daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and fiancé Nick Gordon were the honoree guests of the evening.
“We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston” will air on CBS as a one-hour special on November 16.
Until that airs a month from now, re-watch Jennifer’s tear-jerking performance from February below: