When legends leave, their legacy lives on. Whitney Houston was an icon who amassed fame that still remains unparalleled. From storming the music industry to making her mark on the silver screen, Whitney Houston is revered for her unmatched talents and continues to inspire artists with the legacy she’s left behind. As a tribute to the late legend, here are 6 celebrities who bravely attempt to do justice to the artist’s greatest hits.
1. Jennifer Hudson
The 54th Grammy Awards was a somber event, with the world coming to grips with the loss of a talented star. Jennifer Hudson took to the stage to pay tribute to Whitney Houston with an emotional rendition of the late singer’s I Will Always Love You. Jennifer’s trembling voice accompanied by a softly playing piano was a testament of the grief felt collectively.
2. Ariana Grande
Receiving a standing ovation at the White House for her flawless cover of the late singer’s I Have Nothing – the young diva’s powerful voice deftly maneuvers through the high notes making for a memorable performance.
3. Christina Aguilera
Christina lent her magnificent vocals to the song Run To You for the 2001 BET Awards, where Whitney Houston accepted her Lifetime Achievement Award. The late singer had this to say about Aguilera’s performance: “you’ve done the best rendition of ’Run To You’ besides myself.”
4. Kelly Clarkson
Back in 2009, Kelly Clarkson appeared on Australian show Good News Week – where the singer sang a splendid version of Houston’s Run To You. She hits the high notes with technical precision while keeping the heart of the song intact.
5. Katy Perry
True to her former fun loving self, Katy Perry offered up a spirited rendition of Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody. With a colorful stage and candy-themed costumes, the pop artist makes up for the lack of vocal perfection by embodying the spirit of the song.
Last but certainly not the least, Queen B’s mash up of I Will Always Love You/Halo is a dynamic combination of two heart rendering songs. It is an absolute pleasure to listen to the diva swiftly transition between the songs. Be sure to brace yourself for unwarranted goose bumps.