Whitney Houston

Jul
10
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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Mar
7
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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Feb
13
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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Feb
11
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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Feb
7
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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Dec
16
Jordin Sparks, Melanie Fiona, & Ledisi Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston at ‘VH1 Divas’

Ledisi, Jordin Sparks, and Melanie Fiona

Whitney Houston was the definition of diva, and she received a dance tribute fitting for a star of her stature at “VH1 Divas.”

Following an introduction from Brandy, Whitney’s Sparkle co-star Jordin Sparks opened with “I’m Every Woman.” Melanie Fiona entered from the aisles with “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” transitioning into “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.”

Ledisi put her powerful pipes on display during “How Will I Know,” bringing together all three divas-in-training for the grand finale.

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Nov
17
Usher, Jennifer Hudson, & Celine Dion Salute Whitney Houston on Grammy Special

Jennifer Hudson

Some of music and Hollywood’s biggest stars gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Whitney Houston during the tribute special “We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston,” which aired last night on CBS. The one-hour event featured performances from those Whitney inspired, with presenters including Halle Berry, Britney Spears, Taraji P. Henson, Clive Davis, and LL Cool J.

Jennifer Hudson had the audience on its feet with a dance medley of “I’m Every Woman,” “How Will I Know,” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).” Celine Dion paid homage to her fellow diva with one of her personal faves, “The Greatest Love of All.” Usher performed “I Believe in You and Me” from The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack, and CeCe Winans and Yolanda Adams dueted on “Count on Me” as Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina and other members of her family looked on.

Plus, the show included footage from the late legend’s first-ever television appearance on “The Merv Griffin Show,” her unforgettable rendition of the national anthem at Super Bowl XXV in 1991, and her iconic performance of “I Will Always Love You” at the 1994 Grammys.

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