Whitney Houston Tribute at 2012 Billboard Music Awards
Although the 2012 Billboard Music Awards were all about honoring artists for their chart-topping achievements, the show would be remiss if they didn’t honor their biggest chart queen of them all Whitney Houston. The late pop icon was posthumously honored with the Millennium Award at the 2012 BMAs on Sunday (May 20), which was followed by a beautiful tribute.
在昨晚舉行的2012 Billboard Music Awards，製作了向咱家天后Whitney Houston致敬的橋段。
Presenter Whoopi Goldberg was on hand to kick off the tribute as she told a funny story about meeting Houston for the first time.
製作單位找來Whoopi Goldberg 琥碧戈柏擔任引言人，琥碧阿姨在致詞中提到和惠妮過往相遇的趣事..........隨即介紹Jordin Sparks以及John Legend的致敬演唱！
Whoopi's speech for Whitney：
Afterward, a hush descended over the crowd as John Legend, seated in front of a piano, performed Houston’s remake of the George Benson song ‘Greatest Love of All.’ The inspiring tune spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986. During Legend’s performance, the audience raised their lighters in the sky while others waved their hands back and forth.
Then, the lovely Jordin Sparks was given the task to sing Houston’s most-popular song of all time, ‘I Will Always Love You.’ The Dolly Parton-penned ballad spent 14 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1992.
The R&B songbird dazzled in her black leather bustiere and long blue velvet dress. Sparks was able to hit all the high notes beautifully and effortlessly. Houston and Bobby Brown‘s daughter Bobbi Kristina was shown crying uncontrollably during Sparks’ performance as her reported boyfriend Nick Gordon tried to console her. It was a touching moment to see on television.
Afterward, sister-in-law and manager Pat Houston and Bobbi Kristina appeared together onstage together and graciously accepted the Millennium Award on behalf of Whitney. Despite TMZ reporting that Pat and Kristina were fighting behind the scenes over who would accept the trophy, it seems that everything was settled between the two as they embraced each other during their acceptance speech.
“This is truly an honor for Whitney,” said Pat who was teary-eyed and humbled by the audience’s reception. “We want to thank you (the audience), Billboard, Whoopi, Jordin and John.”
Pat then graciously passed the honor to her niece Bobbi Kristina, who wore a picture of her mother on her beautiful gown. Houston’s daughter was also tearing up, but was able to compose herself and thanked everyone for their love and support.
I just really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all, not just from when it was good, but when it was bad, to just everything. Thank you so much for showing that much love, because she deserved it. I’m just blessed to have been in such an incredible woman’s life. There will never be another one, ever.
Whitney Houston Tribute - 2012 Billboard Music Awards
John Legend sings Greatest Love Of All at the Billboard Awards 2012 as a tribute to Whitney Houston.
Jordin Sparks sings I Will Always Love You at the Billboard Awards 2012 as a tribute to Whitney Houston.
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Jordin Sparks, John Legend Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston at Billboard Music Awards
It was one of the most touching moments of the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, in Las Vegas. The legendary, Whitney Houston, was honored posthumously with the Billboard Millennium Award in a tribute performance by Jordin Sparks and John Legend.
Before John Legend's performance of Houston's "Greatest Love of All," Whoopi Goldberg shared a few words on the singer saying, "Even for those of you who didn't show your love for Whitney, now's your chance to pay tribute. We're gonna be giving Whitney the greatest love of all..."
Following John Legend, Jordin Sparks -- who plays Houston's daughter in the upcoming remake of the film "Sparkle" (August 2012) -- brought the audience to their feet with a powerful performance of Houston's iconic, "I Will Always Love You."
From the beginning of Houston's tribute, her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, looked on with tears in her eyes and reciting back her mother's hits.
Quickly after the tribute, Houston's sister-in-law, Pat Houston, and Bobbi Kristina --"the one person she cherished more," Pat Houston said -- joined Goldberg, Legend and Sparks and on stage to accept the Billboard Millennium Award in Houston's behalf.
"Thank you for supporting her through the good and the bad... showing that much love because she deserved it," Bobbi Kristina said.
Houston, who died Feb. 11 at age 48, holds the distinction of being the first artist ever to have seven consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 and her biggest hit, "I Will Always Love You," spent 14 weeks atop the chart in 1993. She earned 16 Billboard Music Awards, six Grammys, 23 American Music Awards and two Emmys, and has sold 170 million combined albums, single and videos worldwide.
Source:2012 Billboard Music Awards