Today (August 9), Whitney Houston would have celebrated her 49th birthday. Despite her untimely passing in February, WATM pays tribute to one of the best, if not the best, to ever pick up a mic. Even at her lowest points, nothing or no one can take away what she brought to the table, musically, in the ’80s and ’90s. Speaking of the ’80s, watch Whit crush the stage — with nothing more than big hair, a fringe-y dress and a mic — on MTV in 1986.
Thanks for the music. Happy Birthday, Whitney!
Cissy Houston, mother of the late Whitney Houston, has signed a deal with HarperCollins to pen a memoir, telling the “unabridged and unbelievable story” of her Grammy Award-winning daughter, who died in February at age 48.
In his first interview since Whitney Houston’s death, Bobby Brown dispels the longstanding rumor that he introduced her to drugs.
“I’m not the reason she’s gone,” he said of his ex-wife in the new interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, which airs on TODAY on Wednesday and Thursday. “I didn’t get high before I met Whitney … I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn’t the one that got Whitney on drugs at all.”
He also says he’s “hurt” by the news that cocaine played a factor in her death. “I didn’t know she was struggling with it still. But at the same time, you know– listen, it’s a hard fight. It’s a hard fight to, you know, maintain sobriety that way,” he said.
Brown and Houston married on July 28, 1992, and welcomed their daughter Bobbi Kristina in 1993. After years of negative press and personal turmoil, they filed for divorce in 2006.
Whitney Houston’s death was officially ruled an accidental drowning last month. The global superstar died the day before the Grammy Awards at age 48.
Since Whitney Houston’s death on February 11, much discussion has been had over the singer’s history of substance abuse. Unfortunately, those past issues played a hand in her untimely demise.
The family of Whitney Houston, including her 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina, spoke out for the first time since her untimely death one month ago. In an emotional interview, Oprah traveled to the home of Patricia Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, in Atlanta for the 90-minute special that aired last night on OWN.
“She’s always with me,” said Kristina, who is Whitney’s only child with Bobby Brown. “Her spirit is strong, it’s a strong spirit. I feel her pass through me all the time.” She went on to say that while she has come to terms with the loss, she’s still has her moments. “Sometimes, it’s so surreal. I still walk into the house like, ‘Mom?’ But I’ve accepted it.”
Watch the full interview below.
Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, and Stevie Wonder were among the entertainers who paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston at her funeral today (Feb. 18).
Family and friends of pop icon Whitney Houston gather at New Hope Baptist Church, her childhood church, in Newark, New Jersey to pay their final respects in a private ceremony for the singer. While the funeral is invite-only, fans worldwide can remember the life and legacy of Houston via online broadcast of the service.
According to the Associated Press, speakers scheduled for today’s service include, singer Dionne Warwick, who is Houston’s cousin; music mogul Clive Davis, who guided Houston’s career; actor Kevin Costner who co-starred with Houston in the “Body Guard,” and sister-in-law Patricia Houston. Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and gospel stars CeCe and Bebe Winans are slated to sing. Houston’s voice, a recording of her biggest hit, “I Will Always Love You,” is to be played at the end. Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown is also expected to attened the service. Aretha Franklin, a close family friend, is reportedly ill to and will miss the service, according to the same A.P. report.
Watch the live feed from inside New Hope Baptist Church below.
As the world continues to overcome the shock of Whitney Houston’s death, a special tribute was paid to the iconic singer at the 54th Grammy Awards. Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who looked to Houston as a mentor, delivered a rousing rendition of the singer’s hit “I Will Always Love You,” on Sunday.
Wearing a wig and dress similar to Houston’s performance attire, Hudson belted through the emotional ballad before those in attendance and millions more watching at home.