Jordin Sparks

Jun
27
Video: Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks – ‘Celebrate’

Jordin Sparks

Whitney Houston’s legacy lives on in the video for “Celebrate,” the R. Kelly-produced single off the soundtrack to Sparkle and the final song recorded by the late legend. Her Sparkle co-star Jordin Sparks threw a house party and celebrated the life of her 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,” the “American Idol” champ 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.

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Jun
27
Sneak Peek: Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks – ‘Celebrate’

Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks turns mourning into celebration as she remembers the life of Whitney Houston in the video for “Celebrate,” the R. Kelly-produced single off the soundtrack to Sparkle. Jordin, who plays Whitney’s daughter in the remake of the 1976 Motown-era film, throws a house party with her co-stars including Derek Luke, Omari Hardwick, Goapele, Carmen Ejogo, and Tika Sumpter. The full video will premiere later today. Watch a 30-second preview below.

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Jun
7
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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May
24
Fantasia and Jordin Sparks Perform on ‘American Idol’ Finale

Fantasia

Fantasia returned to where it all started on the season finale of “American Idol.” The Season 3 champ turned heads in a sequined gown with flowing hair as she posed with actress Jamia Simone Nash, who played a 10-year-old Fantasia in the 2006 Lifetime biopic Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story. She joined eliminated finalist Joshua Ledet, nicknamed “Mantasia,” on a duet of Elton John’s “Take Me to the Pilot.”

Another “Idol” alum, Jordin Sparks, arrived with her boyfriend Jason Derulo and belted out the show tune “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with Hollie Cavanagh.

See both performances below.

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May
21
New Music: Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks – ‘Celebrate’

Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston

Tears were shed during an emotional tribute to Whitney Houston at last night’s Billboard Music Awards. But today we “Celebrate” the life of the pop icon with the last song she recorded before her death.

Houston puts her troubles aside and duets with Jordin Sparks on the uplifting single, produced by R. Kelly for the Sparkle soundtrack. Whitney plays Jordin’s mother in the remake of the 1976 Motown-era film, which opens in theaters on August 17.

Put a smile on your face with the infectious tune.

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May
20
Jordin Sparks and John Legend Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston at Billboard Music Awards

Bobbi Kristina

There was hardly a dry eye in the house as the Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the iconic Whitney Houston at Sunday’s show. Following an introduction from Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend performed “The Greatest Love of All” and Whitney’s Sparkle co-star Jordin Sparks wowed with her cover of “I Will Always Love You.” Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina was present to accept the Millennium Award on behalf of her legendary mother.

“I just really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all, not just from when it was good, but when it was bad, to just everything,” said the 19-year-old. “Thank you so much for showing that much love ’cause she deserved it. I’m just blessed to have been in such an incredible woman’s life. There will never be another one, ever.”

Watch the touching tribute below.

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Jan
21
Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks ‘Sparkle’ on the Big Screen

Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston returns to the big screen for the first time in 15 years in Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 Motown-era film. In the first official still from the movie (via PEOPLE), the legendary singer plays mother to her co-star, Jordin Sparks.

“Part of the fun of making this movie is definitely the costumes and the hairstyles,” the 48-year-old diva tells PEOPLE. “The movie is set in 1963, and we had a great wardrobe, hair and makeup person and I loved wearing the outfits.”

Sparks makes her film debut alongside Houston. “She was so cool and very motherly toward me,” says the 22-year-old “American Idol” winner, who plays a singer who hits it big. “If I ever looked like I needed something, here she came saying ‘Are you okay?’”

Sparkle, which marks Houston’s first big-screen role since The Preacher’s Wife in 1996, opens in theaters on August 10.