Keri Hilson Covers Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’ [Video]

Keri Hilson

Keri Hilson paid tribute to Grammy-winning songwriter David Foster at the 2011 BMI Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills last night. The blonde-haired singer performed a cover of “I Have Nothing,” the 1993 power ballad Foster penned for Whitney Houston off The Bodyguard soundtrack.

“I sang ‘I Have Nothing’ (Whitney Houston) in a tribute to David Foster, 1 of the greatest songwriters EVER!” tweeted Miss Keri. “He came over & said, ‘Your performance was BAD-ASS!!’ Told you he was genius, heh.”

Watch a clip from her performance below.

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69 Comments

  1. HOUSTONISHERE

    WEAK..THANKS FOR WASTING MY 33 SECONDS SMDH

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    StarsRblind Reply:

    @HOUSTONISHERE, Y’all are showing out. You guys are mad at her for not singing like you wanted, but she didn’t sound bad at all. Get over it, or go visit Whitney in rehab (Your Choice).

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    C'on man Reply:

    @StarsRblind, damn

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  2. Mya

    She should really SLAP herself for this! FAIL on so many lvls!

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  3. Tee

    They couldn’t find someone with a stronger voice to sing that. Hell LeToya Luckett would have done a better job.

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  4. listen

    lmao!

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  5. VLB

    You dont have the voice for it Love

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  6. Carl

    o_O

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  7. Dave

    She needs to stop!!!!!!!!!!! She does not have the voice for it, & she was struggling all over the place.

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  8. RyanS

    Amazing!!!!

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  9. ffi

    OOOOOOOMYGOOOOD HAHAHAHAHA MAJOR FAIL

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  10. Tha Phoenix

    Jesus be a metal hook with which to puncture my ear drums.

    *searches desperately*

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  11. aviator

    What the HELL!?! Really Keri? Really? Enough already!! I am convinced someone close to her is trying to sabotage her career.

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  12. Mal

    LOL

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  13. DizzyDae

    I love keri. But this was god awful. She does not have the vocal range to attempt a Whitney Houston song.

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  14. Beystanbish

    bwahahahahahahaha This trick

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  15. c apri

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, i’ve lost my hearin. i hav nothin nothin nothinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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  16. Shawakatima

    And yet, she sounds better than La Houston. Hell, Roseanne Barr sounds better than Whitney right now.

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  17. TaVonya

    Ok…Keri I love you and all…but that wasn’t your kind of song! Your voice range is not at the right level for that type of powerhouse song! lol…just saying!

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  18. Jason Derulo

    she styling herself on Rihanna i noticed for a while now, keri baby stop! you pretty in yo own rite no need to jack someone elses shwag!

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    credits Reply:

    @Jason Derulo, Rihanna couldn’t pull off that look, lol not with that billy goat mess she had on her head and not not with the ronald mcdonald inspired colour in her head now….lmao!!!!

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    Jason Derulo Reply:

    @credits, looooool

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  19. Static

    Terrible…and she can never admit when she sucks.

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    lesson Reply:

    @Static, great job.. now let me hear you admit you sucks!!!!

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  21. Diego

    she looks like a broke Mary J Blige

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  22. Bri

    Haters = undercover fans real talk ..

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  23. truthserum

    Gerwl, David Foster liked to you becaue that was a big pile of steaming hot mess! Why! Why would you attempt a Whitney Houston song let alone anything from The BodyGuard!

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  24. mrmagoo

    What in the hell was that… that was seriously a joke. I’ve never heard someone whisper this song… did she really think her voice was strong enough to carry this song?

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  25. Billionaire

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. J

    I would have preferred someone with a much stronger voice covering this! In fact I would have did a better job!

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  27. candayam

    WOW that was a FAIL! lol and she thought she killed it too smh. She should be ashamed of herself. Matter of fact whoever suggested that she sing that song should be fired! There are other artist that can SANG that should have did this like Melanie Fiona

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  28. tish

    Yall know Monica blows this song out the water… Why didn’t they get her. Sorry Kerri but this isn’t for you. Keeping it 100, you should follow behind D. Ross.

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  29. Brown Sugar

    She should have NEVER LET ANYONE talk her into covering “THE GREAT WHITNEY HOUSTON”….Epic Fail, Miss Keri Baby!

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  30. WonderLand19

    WOOOOOP WOOP

    TEAMMISSKERIBABY!!

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  31. camerom

    ya’ll please don’t let Ms Whitney see this, I can’t at the face she’ll make. This was not good at all, Keri doesn’t have the voice or the vibrato or the range. she doesn’t even look regal like Whitney does in her gowns.

    I can’t….

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  32. Flyygyrl

    Where is Monica when you need her?!

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  33. cj

    yes, keri you have nothing (you have no talent, no style, no ass… etc.)

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  34. genuinemusic

    Makes you appreciate how great Whitney is/was……. Even today these singers can’t match her artistry.

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    Shane Reply:

    @genuinemusic, couldnt had said that any better! agree 100%

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  35. Rey

    She is a joke. Please hang it up

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  36. tammy

    reading yalls comments first really shows how much ppl hate for no reason. good job keri

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  37. TeeJ S.

    UGH!!! I LOVE Keri but DAMN!!! Why? Stay in your lane! You can’t do Whitney! SMH

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  38. kekeluvsu

    UH….O_O Really Keri?! Honey she TRIED it big time.

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  39. youdontneedtoknow

    nice try Keri!

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  40. kurtrasha

    NO MAM!!!!!!

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  41. jb

    what happen I said Keri voice need more powerful do that kind song…

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  42. Jon

    I like Keri but that was not a song her to be singing. The dress and hair were on point.

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  43. Joyams

    Keri, please don’t!

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  44. Tee

    Maybe if we had heard the whole thing it might have sounded better. Just saying!!

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  45. Wow

    Not good, not good at all from this small segment.

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  46. Chile

    Honey. Chile. Ru crazy. There is only one Whitney. The only thing that comes close is the wig. Huny

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  47. KJW22

    Where you kidding me?? Where did she get off thinking she could do this? Keri, you have a decent voice, but you’re hardly a vocalist. & its WHITNEY HOUSTON! Sit down.

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  48. ashley

    Keri is just a pretty face to look at. she really slaughtered this classic smh

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  49. Michelle

    One name MONICA, Shannon Browns wife she pays tribute to Whitney Houston in her shows all the time she definitely has the voice, David Foster helped with The Boy is Mine album he should have known to call Monica!!!!!:)

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  50. Jay

    HOw dare she destroy one of Whitney’s greatest songs from one of the greatest movies!!! I’m mad! Stay was sooooo flat and clearly pulling away from the mic like that show she can’t even get up there. Keri is talented but mos def not a ballad singer. Leave Whitney’s songs ALONE I beg of you!

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  51. Jalin

    TRASH. Disgrace, girl SAT!
    When Ci did Aretha’s Rock Steady Ci was up to par, Ker is a disgrace to singers. BYE!

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  52. Um.Well.Sure.

    Sending Keri Hilson to sing a Whitney song is like sending Cassie to sing a Patti Labelle song. To sing a POWER balled, you have to have just that, POWER! Keri’s voice is cute but she is by NO means a powerhouse vocalist…and this is coming from someone who actually LIKES her…

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  53. tsan

    She sings better than that drug addict Whitney Houston

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  54. cindy

    this is so bad on so many levels. Whitney is The G.O.A.T
    no one should attempt any of her songs because it’s always gonna pale to the original.

    Whitney is unique. She has a gift of taking even covers and making them her own and making forget who the original singer was. Many people don’t know that ‘all the man that i need’ is a cover.

    listen to her ‘i was made to love him’ f/lauryn hill then listen to Stevie wonder original version. Whitney kicks it up and makes it her own.

    Keri you FAIL! Please don’t ever Touch a Whitney song again. That is why she is known as ‘The voice’!

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  55. danisha

    Forget Monica, I know what to expect, Very tyical, but good performance.

    I would love to hear Brandy or even Jasmine on this,They would turn it into they own with those Runs OMG………

    Monica would be a good choice but a boring one if you are looking for a voice with character and more soul..

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  56. D

    Luv u Keri but please stop!!!!!!!!! smh

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  57. nosjet

    LOL @danisha.. wow really, no really Brandy singing that song.. Brandy has no range at all.. she has a nice tone but no range..smh… Monica would have killed it.. if u dont believe u better google her singin this song… But Kerri has fail American and Whitney..lol

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    credits Reply:

    @nosjet, Your comment…..You just said brandy has no range….I’m not even going to sit here and try to convince you, you should go through her catalogue, you will be truly amazed. I say catalogue because she has hundreds of songs, most of the unrealeased ones are the best and you can find them on youtube. Young grass hopper, i send you on your quest, it begins now, start digging up those brandy songs LOL. You have to hear when she does that really, really, really deep thing with her voice, range is not just about high notes but she does go there in her adlibs all the time i should add.

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  58. Craazzy beetch

    OMG how awful was that! she should know her singing voice isn’t strong enough to cover that song. Guh why couldn’t they get someone like Mary J Blige or Alicia Keys to cover it. Major fail!

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  59. BLAZE

    I love keri but this was only a clip we don’t know if she belt out through out the song but this wasn’t a good clip they should have played the whole song just sayin

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  60. yeah its me again

    Keri, Girl!
    Please sit ALL THE WAY DOWN!!!

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  61. sdg

    33 seconds of pure hilarity! This girl is too big headed. The audacity with her voice to cover this song? She can’t even see it, that’s that saddest part. She is such an epic fail. When it comes to attitude, she is like the black Christina Aguilera. And we see where it got her in the long run. Unfortunately for Keri she will never have the voice, the fame, the album sales, or the anything – only that stank narcissistic attitude. Keep youtube clips like this coming, oh and those red carpet disasters coming – they keep us rolln on the floor everytime. smh

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  62. Kalila

    You’re so right. I never loeokd at it that way. Whitney is a Genius and was channeling previous mega stars’ performances, to create a meta-performance. I applaud her (though not as much as I applaud Beyonce, just for being who she is).

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