Not a single diva out there can deny Whitney Houston’s lasting influence on pop culture, and on Sunday night (December 16) three of her biggest fans took the stage to honor the late singer at the 2012 “VH1 Divas” show in LA.
Brandy kicked off the tribute to Houston, who was found dead in a hotel room in February, by recalling her first memories of the legendary singer. “The first concert I ever went to was a Whitney Houston show and I was determined to get close to her,” she told the crowd. “I talked my way through security until I finally made it backstage, but by then she was already gone. Years later, I finally got to meet her and even shared the ’VH1 Divas’ stage with her.
Houston would later become a close friend of Brandy’s, even playing her fairy godmother in the 1997 TV movie “Cinderella,” but for millions of fans and aspiring singers, she was simply an icon.While earlier tributes to Houston have included many of her ballads, “Divas” zeroed in on some of her biggest dance hits.
Jordin Sparks, showing plenty of leg with a deep thigh split in her gown, launched into “I’m Every Woman” as the word “Whitney” was illuminated behind her in huge letters. As the dance breakdown of the song hit, dancers joined Sparks on stage and the lights turned to a festive shade of pink. When the “American Idol” star finished her contribution the camera cut sharply to the audience where Melanie Fiona segued into “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” grooving through the aisles toward the stage, adding bits of “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” as a host of colorful backup dancers followed her every move.
The final number was delivered by soulful singer Ledisi, who appeared stunning on stage in a sparkling silver dress while belting out “How Will I Know.” As she made her way back to center stage, with “Whitney” still illuminated in the background, both Jordin Sparks and Melanie Fiona joined her and all three divas wrapped up the energetic performance, looking giddy about having the chance to honor one of their idols.
What did you enjoy most about VH1’s tribute to Whitney Houston?