Behind the Video: Jordin Sparks & Whitney Houston - 'Celebrate'

  /  06.07.2012

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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