Sparkle, Whitney Houston’s final film, hits theaters today! To remember to the powerhouse singer, who proved herself to be quite the actress in classic films like The Bodyguard, we’re looking back at her most memorable career moments, from her unmatchable rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner to her countless Grammy wins. Click through to see all of Whitney’s best moments!
Sparkle is out today! The film stars American Idol winner Jordin Sparks in her first leading role alongside Tika Sumpter and Carmen Ejogo as three sisters who form a girl group under the watchful eye of their stern mother Whitney Houston in her final cinematic performance. And with the ‘60s music scene as the backdrop, it called for costumes to evoke the era (big bouffants and hair courtesy of Beyonce’s stylist Kim Kimble) and the movie title (with sparkles, sparkles, and more sparkles), created by Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Carter. “We wanted the clothes, hair, and makeup to be a homage to 1968 but be totally relevant today,” producer Debra Martin Chase—who worked with Whitney on The Preacher’s Wife—told InStyle.com at the New York premiere. Sumpter, who plays the role of feisty sister Dolores loved getting into character with the wardrobe. “During the times when we were performing, she was able to break out of what she usually wears to be a little frisky,” she said. And save your breath for the last scene, when Sparks takes the stage to sing a powerful gospel tune in a Chagoury Couture ruby gown, which includes enough Swarovski crystals to require 50 hours of beading. (The gown sells for $12,994 and was first seen on Leven Rambin at The Hunger Games premiere.) Now that’s sparkle!
Plus, check out more of Whitney’s iconic looks.
Whitney Houston would have turned 49 today. It’s been nearly six months since the powerhouse singer passed away, just before the Grammys, and we’re still remembering her immense contribution to pop culture. From her her most iconic moments to our favorite Whitney song (so hard to choose), she continues to stand out as one of a kind. Help us remember Ms. Houston by reliving her best moments and the ways she’s been honored.
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• The Singer’s Hollywood Transformation
• The Best of Her Grammy Dresses
• Our Favorite Whitney Album Cover
• Her Most Memorable Songs
• Whitney On Our January 2010 Cover
• Jennifer Hudson’s Grammy Tribute to Whitney
• The Heartfelt Tribute From Her Friends
Four months after her passing, Whitney Houston was honored again last night at the 2012 BET Awards—this time, by friends like Mariah Carey and her mother, Cissy, who sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in tribute to her daughter. Like stars Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine, who shared their best memories of Houston on stage, we too have compiled our favorite Whitney moments, from her Grammy red carpet looks to her unforgettable rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. Click through to see all of Whitney’s most iconic moments.
Family, close friends and former co-stars are among the mourners who will pay tribute to Whitney Houston during a small funeral at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey tomorrow. According to the Associated Press, Kevin Costner, Oprah Winfrey, and Alicia Keys are among the 1,500 guests who have been invited to join Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, mother Cissy and cousin Dionne Warwick at the private event, which will include performances by Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. Fans of the 6-time Grammy winner can watch the service live on the AP’s livestream channel and leave their messages of condolence on her official Facebook page. Click through the gallery to see some Whitney Houston’s most unforgettable moments.
It’s been only a few days since the passing of Whitney Houston, and pop culture staples are finding interesting ways to honor the legendary singer. Glee aired its tribute during its Valentine’s Day special last night, with Amber Riley singing Houston’s classic, “I Will Always Love You.” The song had been in the show’s lineup for a while—Riley’s character Mercedes Jones sang it to her summer love, Sam (Chord Overstreet)—so it’s just happenstance the episode aired after Houston’s tragic death. “We were celebrating her in life when we recorded it, and now that she has died, we’re celebrating her passing and her legacy,” Riley, who had just met Houston days before, told the E! team of singing the tune. Watch her performance above, and tell us: Did you enjoy Riley’s rendition?
Plus, see all of Whitney Houston’s most memorable moments in the gallery.
To remember Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson took to the Grammy stage tonight to sing a rendition of the late singer’s signature song, “I Will Always Love You.” With tears streaming down her cheeks, the Oscar winner belted the Dolly Parton-penned tune in a striped-top black gown, with her hair styled to look like Houston’s signature chocolate curls. Hudson didn’t leave a dry eye in the audience, who celebrated her touching salute with a standing ovation. Tell us: What did you think of her performance?
Plus, see Houston’s memorable moments.
Whitney Houston created plenty of memorable moments on the Grammys red carpet. Our top five: the vibrant blue chiffon sheath she chose for her first Grammys in 1986, the embellished LBD and ankle cuffs she wore in 1988, her bodycon white sequined column at the 1994 ceremony, the hot pink Emanuel Ungaro gown and matching stole she donned 2000, and the blue and beige ombre gown from Zuhair Murad she showed off backstage in 2009. Which one is your favorite? Let us know by casting your vote in the poll below! More