Jordin Sparks

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.

Nas, Diddy, Romeo, & Jordin Sparks Crash ‘Hangover II’ Premiere

Ron Artest, Mike Tyson, and Nas

Nas and Diddy hung out with the cast of The Hangover Part II at the movie’s premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday (May 19). The Queens rapper met up with Mike Tyson and Ron Artest, while Diddy—who is currently going by the name “SWAG”—befriended Robert Downey Jr. and Bradley Cooper. “Dancing With the Stars’” Romeo and a svelte Jordin Sparks arrived together, adding fuel to the rumors that the two are dating.

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Video: Usher Seduces Jordin Sparks Onstage

Usher turned up the heat with his labelmate Jordin Sparks during his “OMG Tour” stop at the Arena in her homestate of Arizona on Friday (Nov. 19). The R&B heartthrob, dripping in sweat, seduced the 20-year-old “American Idol” champ with “Trading Places,” while the seemingly uncomfortable songstress reclined on a chaise lounge. Watch Ursh give Jordin a truly OMG moment.

Justin Bieber Duets with Usher & Jordin Sparks at Z100 Jingle Ball

Justin Bieber and Usher

Usher was all smiles as he introduced his 15-year-old protégé Justin Bieber at Z100′s Jingle Ball 2009 on Friday (Dec. 11). The two dueted on Usher’s hit “U Got It Bad,” and Bieber also performed “No Air” with Jordin Sparks. Jay Sean, Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Adam Lambert, and more rocked the (jingle) bells at the sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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2009 VH1 Divas

Jordin Sparks, Adele, and Leona Lewis

Jordin Sparks, Adele, and Leona Lewis

New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music was filled with D-listers, as in divas, as VH1 brought back its “VH1 Divas” telecast on Thursday (Sept. 17). The Paula Abdul-hosted show featured pairings of young divas with old-timers including Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis and Cyndi Lauper, Adele and India.Arie, and Jordin Sparks and Martina McBride. Toni Braxton and Keri Hilson were among the presenters.

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Video: Jordin Sparks – ‘S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)’

Jordin Sparks

Diva-in-the-making Jordin Sparks is all grown up in the video for “S.O.S. (Let the Music Play),” the second single from her sophomore album Battlefield, directed by Chris Robinson. Watch the clip in high quality below.

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Confirmed: Jordin Sparks Replaces Ciara on Britney Tour

Jordin Sparks, Britney Spears, and Ciara

Jordin Sparks is stepping in for Ciara on the second leg of Britney Spears’ North American Circus tour.

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