VH1 will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston at this year’s VH1 Divas, according Billboard.
“We all felt that if any show could pay tribute to Whitney’s music, it would be ‘Divas,'” VH1 president Tom Calderone says. “December felt like enough time where it wouldn’t be sad anymore, you’d want to celebrate her music.”
Whitney’s longtime musical director Ricky Minor will executive produce the show, which will be taped in December in Los Angeles. No artists have been confirmed for the tribute.
Houston, who died in February, is one of the artists credited with giving the event legitimacy in the eyes of some. The iconic singer is a three-time performer on Divas in 1999, 2002 and 2003.
This has potential to be something special. Taping in December gives the producers enough time to book the best of the best to pay tribute to one of the true legends in music. On my shortlist of performers are: Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Beyoncè, Patti LaBelle, Amber Riley (Glee), Jennifer Hudson (maybe), Christina Aguilera (ONLY IF SHE CAN CONTROL THAT DAMN YODELING), Ledisi, Chaka Khan, Kim Burrell, Deborah Cox, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Brandy, and Monica. I know it’s a long shot but I’m wouldn’t mind seeing Adele perform as well.
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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.
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