Whitney Houston

Lifetime Presents Whitney Houston Biopic Trailer

Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston

After last month’s controversial Aaliyah biopic, Lifetime is set to air its Whitney Houston movie Whitney on the third anniversary of her death. The film, directed by Angela Bassett, chronicles Houston’s life from a choir girl in Newark, New Jersey, to global superstar.

From her rocky relationship with Bobby Brown to her struggles with addiction, the one-minute trailer gives us a peek into the turbulent life of the late legend. Yaya DaCosta (The Butler) stars in the title role, while Arlen Escarpeta plays Brown. Houston’s vocal performances in the film are sung by Deborah Cox.

Whitney premieres January 17 at 8 p.m. Watch the trailer below.

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Whitney Houston Live Album Due in November

Whitney Houston Live

Whitney Houston’s legacy lives on. Nearly three years after her death, Legacy Recordings will release her first-ever live album.

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First Look: Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston in Lifetime Biopic

Yaya DaCosta

Yaya DaCosta steps into the role of Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime biopic Whitney Houston. EW.com has your first look at the 31-year-old “America’s Next Top Model” contestant as she recreates the late legend’s 1987 Whitney album cover.

“I just looked at the picture and did the pose!” said DaCosta.

The film, directed by Houston’s Waiting to Exhale co-star Angela Bassett, just began shooting and is set to premiere in early 2015.

Lifetime is also developing an Aaliyah biopic. Disney Channel actress Zendaya was set to star, but dropped out of the project last month.

Does Yaya make a convincing Whitney? See the original cover art below.

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Ariana Grande Covers Whitney Houston at the White House

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande joined Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, and other “Women of Soul” for a special concert at the White House on Thursday. As President Obama and First Lady Michelle looked on, the 20-year-old pop diva charmed the audience.

“Mr. President, Mrs. Obama, what’s up, how are ya?” she asked the First Family. “What’s up? It’s all good?”

After getting the thumbs up from Mrs. Obama, she showed off her powerful pipes with a beautiful cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” which earned her a standing ovation.

“I’m going to sing a song by a woman who’s inspired me endlessly since I was a little girl,” said Ariana while introducing the ballad.

She also performed her own song “Tattooed Heart” off her debut Yours Truly.

For the finale, she dueted with Jill Scott, Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, and Janelle Monáe on “Proud Mary.”

The full concert, “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House,” will be broadcast April 7 on PBS.

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Melanie Fiona Covers Whitney Houston’s ‘One Moment in Time’

Melanie Fiona

Chrisette Michele paid homage to the late, great Whitney Houston with her cover of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).” Now Melanie Fiona salutes the legendary diva as part of Billboard’s week-long tribute to Houston.

The Canadian songstress performs an acoustic cover of “One Moment in Time,” which Houston recorded for the 1988 Summer Olympics.

“I feel like it is one of the greatest songs that she has and that has kind of ever been written,” said Melanie. “It’s almost like the forgotten gem of her catalog. … And I feel like this record is just so powerful and has such a positive message. I think that people need to hear that and be reminded of that.”

Watch Melanie’s heartfelt rendition of the Houston classic.

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Chrisette Michele Covers Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’

Chrisette Michele

On the one-year anniversary of her passing, Chrisette Michele pays homage to Whitney Houston by covering her 1987 hit “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” as part of Billboard’s week-long tribute to the late legend. Accompanied by Guitar Slayer, the R&B songstress puts her own acoustic spin on the dance record.

“I study her DVDs,” said Chrisette. “Literally the way footballers take notes before the Super Bowl, I’ll watch a Whitney show before I go onstage.”

Chrisette’s fourth album Better is due this spring featuring the single “A Couple of Forevers.”

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Madame Tussauds Unveils Whitney Houston Wax Figures

Pat and Gary Houston

It’s been one year since Whitney Houston passed away. On the anniversary of her death, Madame Tussauds remembers the late legend by immortalizing her in wax. Houston’s family including brothers Gary and Michael, sister-in-law/manager Pat, and mother Cissy Houston were on hand to unveil four wax figures at Madame Tussauds in New York City on Thursday.

“We were extremely honored when Madame Tussauds approached us about doing four figures of Whitney from different points in her 30-year career,” Pat Houston told People. “This is something we are excited to do for the fans.”

Four iconic images of the diva were showcased including one of a young Whitney from 1988′s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” video, her performance of the National Anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl, her “Queen of the Night” outfit from The Bodyguard, and most recently from a photo shoot for her 2009 album I Look to You.

The unveiling marks the first time in 200 years that the museum has simultaneously created this many figures of the same subject. While they were made in London, they will be displayed across the country in different cities including Washington, D.C., Hollywood, Las Vegas, and New York.

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