BET Awards paid tribute to Whitney Houston; The singer’s family, friends take the stage.
The BET Awards on Sunday split top honors among several artists, including Beyonce and Chris Brown, in a telecast filled with lively performances and an emotional tribute to late singer Whitney Houston. Beyonce was named best female R&B artist, while Brown, who performed his hit single Turn Up the Music from his new album Fortune, earned the title best male artist. Rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West won best group with their smash hit album Watch the Throne.
But the brightest spotlight shined on late singer Whitney Houston, who was found dead in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel in February. Authorities have said the pop star died of an accidental drowning brought on by cocaine use and heart disease.
Mariah Carey, in a glittering gold dress onstage, shared humorous anecdotes of her encounters with Houston, whose hits from the 1980s and ’90s included “I Will Always Love You.”
“I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter, but we’ll always have the music. We’ll always have that voice we fell in love with, she inspired us all, we’ll always have my friend Whitney Houston,” Carey said.
Singer Monica performed Houston’s I Love The Lord, and was followed by Brandy in a medley of I’m Your Baby Tonight and I Wanna Dance With Somebody. The tribute became a family affair as Houston’s brother Gary sang Where You Are, followed by her mother Cissy, who gave a heartfelt rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water, earning a standing ovation and tears from Beyonce Knowles, Vanessa Williams and many others. (see video clip below)
Houston’s co-stars from her 1995 film Waiting To Exhale also remembered the late star, before Chaka Khan rounded out the tribute with the late singer’s classic hit, I’m Every Woman.
The show also paid homage to the late Donna Summer, Dick Clark and Don Cornelius.
The annual BET Awards celebrate black musicians, actors and athletes, giving out awards in 20 categories at a show that airs on the cable TV network, BET.
Source: Hindustantimes. Photo credit: Reuters
Video description: Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Jay Z and Kanye West attend the BET Awards, where an emotional tribute to the late Whitney Houston was lead by her mother Cissy Houston.