Behind the Video: Jordin Sparks & Whitney Houston – ‘Celebrate’

Goapele, Carmen Ejogo, and Jordin Sparks

It was a bittersweet moment as Jordin Sparks shot the video for “Celebrate,” the R. Kelly-produced single off the soundtrack to Sparkle and the final song recorded by Whitney Houston. The “American Idol” champ threw a house party and celebrated the life of her late mentor with her co-stars including Derek Luke, Omari Hardwick, Goapele, Carmen Ejogo, and Tika Sumpter.

“What we wanted to do was make sure that this was a fun, happy video and just kind of dedicating it to her,” Jordin told “Entertainment Tonight.” “What better song to leave for people to hear than a song that is so upbeat and just so happy and so encouraging?”

The 22-year-old singer plays Whitney’s daughter in the remake of the 1976 Motown-era film, which opens in theaters on August 10. Go behind the scenes of the video below.



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9 Comments

  1. Redchainsaw

    This is BEAUTIFUL

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  2. phucku

    RIP Queen Whitney!!

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  3. Triniti

    Beautiful, but sad..especially when you know it didn’t have to be this way.

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  4. JORDIN!

    OMG!!!! IM SOOOO EXCITED FOR THIS!!!! and The Films opens on August 17th on august 10th

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  5. TheDreamer

    Looks like a great movie. RIP Whitney.

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  6. JJ

    This is a great video. Looks like alot of fun. Miss Whitney, but a great tribute.

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  7. JJ

    Great Tribute, miss Whitney.

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  8. Veronica besckford-Tongs

    Fabulous, jubilant, full of energy and zest

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  9. Ahmos

    If people alcualty listened to how Whitney sounded most of the tour especially toward the end she alcualty sung even better than this. Funny how people are consumed by a few tabloid headlines and take a few bad notes out of context. Whitney never left, some of her fans did, but they are returning to honour the one true legend left, our Nippy

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