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Whitney Houston would have turned 49 years old today.

Sadly, of course, this is not the case, as the legendary singer passed away from an apparent overdose in February. But it's worth taking a few moments this morning in her honor and remember just how special and impressive of a voice this singer possessed.

Perhaps the greatest rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner in history will help jog your memory:

With fans having a chance to see Houston on screen one final time in Sparkle on August 17, thoughts continue to go out to Whitney's family, friends and loved ones.

Other stars celebrating a birthday today include: Anna Kendrick (27), Gillian Anderson (44), Deion Sanders (45) and Bob Cousy (84).

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Ray J returned to the scene of a personal tragedy this week, as a press event for his new professional venture forced the singer back to the Beverly Hilton Hotel... the spot where Whitney Houston passed away in February.

Totally Ray J

The former sex tape partner of Kim Kardashian was dating Houston at the time of her death and sources say he was forced to enter grief counseling in response to the incident.

What brought Ray J back to the hotel yesterday? A Q&A session with reporters in regard to The Rickey Smiley Show. How did he react to the visit?

Insiders tell TMZ Ray was emotional and and that walking around the hallways was "very weird." Overall, it simply "hurt inside" to relive such a memory.

But J will push on and attempt to advance her career. Because, friends say, that's how Whitney would have wanted it.

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Cissy Houston and Mariah Carey were at the forefront of an emotional tribute to Whitney Houston at last night's BET Awards.

The latter kicked off the 19-minute event, recalling stories about Whitney - who tragically overdosed and died in February - and told the audience: "I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter."

Monica and Brandy also took to the stage, singing multiple Whitney hits, while former Waiting to Exhale co-stars Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine honored their late friend.

But it was Cissy who brought tears to the eyes of all in attendance. She sang a version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and A-listers such as Beyonce and Soulja Boy were caught on camera crying.

Watch the entire tribute for yourself:

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Whitney Houston passed away four and a half months ago, but the legendary singer has certainly not been forgotten.

She's back in the news now, in fact, because former American Idol champion Jordin Sparks has come out with the music video for "Celebrate," a duet Sparks sings with Whitney in the film Sparkle.

“What we wanted to do was make sure that this was a fun, happy video and just kind of dedicating it to her,” Jordin told Entertainment Tonight. “What better song to leave for people to hear than a song that is so upbeat and just so happy and so encouraging?”

Sparkle opens on August 17 and co-stars Derek Luke, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Goapele and Carmen Ejogo show up in the video, the vocals for which were recorded just a few days before Whitney's tragic passing.

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Cissy Houston has remained mostly quiet since the February death of her daughter, but it was announced earlier this month that the mother of Whitney Houston will be releasing a memoir about her child's life in early 2013.

Whitney on Stage

And this book deal with HarperCollins is now raising a number of questions, most notably: is Cissy simply looking to cash in? To exploit the nationwide grief over Whitney's passing?

After all, Houston left a majority of her fortune to 18-year old daughter Bobbi Kristina.

"She will try to come out looking like the world's greatest mom, when in actuality, she wasn't," a Whitney family insider tells TMZ.

What do you think? Is Cissy Houston simply seeking to profit from her daughter's death?

 

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On the heels of Lifetime announcing an upcoming reality show focusing on Whitney Houston's family, we can now confirm that the late singer's mother will be penning a memoir about her iconic daughter's life.

Cissy Houston has agreed to a deal with HarperCollins, E! News reports, and will release the book in February 2013.

Cissy Houston and Whitney

"When I lost my daughter Nippy, the world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable woman," Cissy said in a statement. "In sharing our story in this book, I hope to give her fans something to treasure, the way we all treasured Whitney. We are still receiving thousands of letters each day from her fans, and I hope reading this book will provide a deeper understanding into my daughter's true story."

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Ray J was almost physically removed from the Billboard Music Awards last night after an angry confrontation with Whitney Houston's family members.

Pat Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law/manager, was seated next to Ray J, the person Pat believes was a very bad influence on the late music legend.

Minutes before a tribute to Whitney, in which Jordin Sparks sang and Bobbi Kristina Brown accepted an award, Pat asked her security to nix Ray J.

After Whitney's ex-BF refused to budge, Pat's security summoned hotel security, along with several uniformed officers to physically remove Ray.

Ray J Sunglasses

Just before it got ugly, security warned Pat that things would likely get physical and it would almost be caught on video, just as Whitney was to be honored.

Sources say Pat then grudgingly recanted and Ray J stayed.

Later, Ray reportedly complained to friends about the incident, saying "Pat ruined what was a great opportunity to honor the woman who I loved."

A rep for the Houston family later admitted they did ask Ray J to be moved from his seat because Billboard told them they needed that particular seat.

Ray J had a ticket with the proper seat number, so he refused to budge, and security was called, but the Houstons deny any lingering feud with Ray.

In related news (not really), Kim Kardashian is the hottest woman in the world, according to Zoo Weekly. She can thank Ray for that glorious title.

[Photo: WENN.com]

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John Legend and Jordin Sparks' tribute to Whitney Houston at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards moved the crowd - especially Bobbi Kristina Brown - to tears.

Now, Whitney's duet with Jordin Sparks - Houston's final recording - has leaked online. "Celebrate" was written by R. Kelly and is the last song she recorded.

Take a listen below:

Producer Harvey Mason Jr. said that despite her end-of-life struggles, Houston "really positive" and "fun-loving" during the recording with Sparks.

There's more music from these two yet to come. “Celebrate” will be featured on the soundtrack to Whitney and Jordin‘s upcoming movie, Sparkle.

The new film also stars Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, and Cee Lo Green and will hit theaters on August 17.

Check out the Sparkle trailer after the jump:

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Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, appeared briefly on stage at last night's Billboard Music Awards after a tribute to her late mother.

Bobbi Kristina, in her first major public appearance since her mother died, called herself "blessed to have been in such an incredible woman's life."

She accepted the Millennium Award after performances by John Legend and Jordan Sparks. Here's Sparks' rendition of "I Will Always Love You" ...

Sparks, the one-time American Idol winner, more than held her own in the presence of greatness. Whitney's legacy will never be forgotten.

The camera cut to a crying Bobbi Kristina multiple times during the moving effort by Jordin, which moved much of the audience to near-tears.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was then joined on stage by Whitney's sister-in-law and manager, Pat Houston, who spoke briefly to the crowd as well.

For much more coverage of the event (spoiler alert: Adele won a lot of trophies), follow this link for a full list of Billboard Music Awards winners.

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Bobby Brown took to The Tonight Show stage to debut a new song he wrote about life since Whitney Houston's death ... we wish we were kidding.

The song, released online a week ago but little-noticed because Bobby Brown's career has been on a 15-year tailspin, is a confession of sorts.

Bobby admits he "messed up pretty bad" and begs his late ex-wife ... "Don't let me die." That's right, even after her death, it's all about BB.

The song also features the lyrics, "I didn’t realize that every breath I took was from you ... You were my air.” That's actually somewhat nice.

Brown also sings. "I didn’t know who you were, didn’t know what we had. Now I’m stuck living in the past ... trying to get the pieces back. But I guess now you’re gone."

Guess so.

Brown, who's been making the media rounds to reiterate that Whitney's death is not his fault, performed the track live last night for the FIRST TIME EVER, will be releasing the sensual track on his new album in June, just months after she died.

Hey, gotta strike while the iron is hot.

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