Whitney Houston was in full, glorious Whitney Houston mode in Washington two years ago at the 2010 BET Honors. As an honoree, she wasn’t singing — but managed to steal the show anyway, squealing and weeping and trembling as Kim Burrell paid tribute by singing an old Whitney hit. In an emotional acceptance speech Houston gushed over Burrell but said not a word about Jennifer Hudson, who also sang — which, of course, had everyone whispering about a diva battle, but it turned out the junior and senior diva had had a warm hugfest backstage.
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From pop music queen to erratic star, Whitney Houston dies on eve of Grammys (AP: A year ago, Whitney Houston’s performance at Clive Davis’s annual bash was “yet another troubling display of erratic behavior from the superstar, and a foreshadowing perhaps of what was to come. Though she looked spectacular, her once-stunning voice sounded frayed and hoarse. She didn’t seem to follow the rehearsed plan and looked out of sorts at times.”)
“Fame is a very curious game. Perfect strangers call you by name. I don’t know what transpires from making a record to ‘I know you.’”
— Whitney Houston in a 1996 profile by The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan.
Click Track: The legacy of Whitney Houston (“Her dazzling vocal abilities changed the way we think about singing,” writes Chris Richards. “It’s nearly impossible to imagine what Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce — let alone “American Idol” — would sound like without Houston’s imprint.”)
She the People: Whitney Houston, I will always love you (“For my generation, Houston helped define the innocence of our youth — and then unveiled the sometimes ugly truth of celebrities when the music is no longer playing,” writes Nikita Stewart. “‘Crack is wack’ and ‘hell to the naw’ overshadowed ‘I Will Always Love You’ and ‘The Greatest Love of All.’”)
AP: Bobby Brown emotional on stage after Houston’s death. (“I love you Whitney,” he told a Mississippi audience Saturday night. “The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage.”)