The next installment of the "VH1 Divas" franchise will pay tribute to one of the all-time divas: Whitney Houston. According to Billboard, when the special is taped in Los Angeles in December, Houston's longtime musical director, Ricky Minor, will serve as executive producer of the event.
Houston appeared on "Divas" three times, in 1999, 2002 and 2003 and the tribute has already gotten the green-light from Houston's family and her label, Sony. No performers have been announced yet for the show.
"We all felt that if any show could pay tribute to Whitney's music, it would be 'Divas,'" VH1 president Tom Calderone said. "December felt like enough time where it wouldn't be sad anymore, you'd want to celebrate her music." Houston died on February 11 from what the coroner determined was an accidental drowning with the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" as contributing factors.
Since its 1998 debut, "Divas" has been one of VH1's most-watched and beloved franchises, with memorable performances from the likes of Mariah Carey, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Cher, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Shakira, Miley Cyrus and Diana Ross.
The past two years have focused mostly on modern-generation performers, including Nicki Minaj, Sugarland, Grace Potter, Keri Hilson, Paramore, Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J and Florence Welch.