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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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Recalling the night Whitney Houston died in her hotel room, Bobby Brown tells Ellen DeGeneres that he performed because she would've wanted him to.

Despite many critics feeling it was poor taste for her ex-husband to perform at his scheduled show February 11, Brown has zero regrets ... big surprise.

"I was in Mississippi performing and I got the call. Of course, I tried to get a flight. Tried to rent a jet. Whatever I had to do," he told Ellen Wednesday.

"But it was impossible. So I knew the best thing that she would've wanted me to do was perform. You know, we are performers. That's what we did."

"That's what we do and she would want the best for me."

In retrospect, she might have wanted several other things from Brown that we don't even need to get into here. Nevertheless, Bobby is guilt free.

Which isn't to say he wasn't saddened. Brown broke down backstage pre-show and declined to join his New Edition bandmates for the opening song.

Once he took the stage, he shouted, "I love you, Whitney!" and blew a kiss to the sky, looking visibly teary at the tragic news he'd learned hours ago.

One week later, Brown peaced out of her funeral early with his family in tow, then showed up to perform that night at Foxwoods in Connecticut.

Somehow, Alicia Etheridge plans to marry this guy.

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The family of Whitney Houston is on its way to Lifetime.

The network just released a press release that promotes The Houston Family Chronicles (working title), a docu-series that will follow around the lives of Pat Houston (pictured); Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager; Pat’s daughter, Rayah; Whitney’s brother Gary; daughter Bobbi Kristina and mother Cissy Houston. 

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Says Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President, Programming, of Lifetime Networks:

“The tragic loss of Whitney Houston left a void in the hearts of people all over the world, but certainly none more so than her beloved family. In this series, the multi-generations of the Houston family will bravely reveal their lives as they bond together to heal, love, and grow.”

Pat Houston, meanwhile, says she's been in discussion with the network for awhile, though the Whitney passing "certainly affects the direction of the show" and adds: "However, it is my hope that others will be enlightened as they watch our family heal and move forward.”

Will you tune in for this series?

 

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The June issue of Vanity Fair takes an in-depth look at the life and death of Whitney Houston.

Written by Contributing Editor Mark Seal, the article delves into the late singer's love life, which is best known for her 15-year marriage to Bobby Brown, but which also included a dalliance with Kim Kardashian sex tape partner, Ray J.

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Karrine Steffans - a self-proclaimed "Video Vixen," who has dated Brown, Ray J and Bill Maher, among other celebrities - is featured in the piece, telling Seal that Ray used to taunt Brown on a frequent basis.

One evening, according to Steffans, she received a call from J.

“He said, ‘Is Bob still staying with you?’ I said, ‘Yeah, he’s right here.’ And Ray said, ‘Tell him I f-cked both of his chicks, you and now his wife.’” 

Ouch. Slam, yo!

Steffans goes on to side with Brown, who recently gave a defensive interview in which he shirked all responsibility for Houston's drug use.

“Bob’s big thing was everyone blamed him for her downfall, but when he met her she was already using drugs. He always felt very angry about that. He told me, ‘What everybody saw wasn’t the real Whitney.’ He always said her private persona - which you saw on Being Bobby Brown - was who she really was.”

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Bobby Brown taped an interview with Matt Lauer this morning - for segments on The Today Show that will run Wednesday and Thursday - and made it a priority to defend himself against accusations that his hard-partying lifestyle played a role in the tragic death of Whitney Houston.

"I didn't get high before I met Whitney," Brown says, seemingly blaming HER for HIS problems, although clarifying that he did smoke "weed" and drink prior to their relationship.

But Brown emphasized that he wasn't "the one that got Whitney on drugs at all" and that he feels "terrible" folks think otherwise.

Bobby Brown on Today

Because, really people, the important thing here is how Bobby Brown feels.

Houston and Brown were married from 1992 to 2007 and are the parents of a daughter, Bobbi Kristina. The singer told Lauer that their one year of filming Being Bobby Brown had a profound affect on their recreational drug use.

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Rosie O'Donnell is not holding back in her strange crusade against Lindsay Lohan, saying if she doesn't change her life, she could die like Whitney Houston.

Rosie went back on Today show this morning to expand on why she believes LiLo should not have been cast as Liz Taylor in an upcoming Lifetime movie.

Or any acting role, for that matter.

O'Donnell suggested Lindsay is heading down a similar path as the late, great Whitney Houston, and can only be saved if she takes time off from showbiz.

Rosie O'Donnell on Today

The ruthless Hollywood machine is slowly killing Lohan, Rosie feels, and she says feels obligated to speak out about the 25-year-old actress because:

"Watching Whitney Houston's funeral I recall thinking, 'Why didn't more people say what they knew?' We all knew. We watched Being Bobby Brown - it was like watching Sid and Nancy ... they were people in the throes of addiction."

"All anyone cared about was that the show was getting ratings. To look at Lindsay Lohan, you can't help but feel for her ... and I do not think she's untalented, I think she's quite talented. But this is a dangerous situation."

What do you think? Is Rosie totally off base or should she zip it? Lindsay has brushed off her attacks, but might she be better off heeding the warnings?

VOTE: Whose side are you on?

 

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Glee will pay tribute to Whitney Houston on Tuesday night, airing an episode titled "Dance with Somebody" that features a number of hits by the late artist.

The series will use them help paint the picture of seniors at fictional William McKinley High School graduating and saying goodbye to each other.

Whether you think this is merely an admirable showing of respect for the legend, or a pathetic exploitation of her tragic death, one thing cannot be debated: the first cover released by Fox from the episode is incredibly impressive.

It features Mercedes (Amber Riley), Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Santana (Naya Rivera) breaking down "How Will I Know" A capella style, and it's destined to be included in the Glee pantheon of covers. Watch the clip now:

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The 911 call placed moments after Whitney Houston's body was found in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11 has just been released.

A member of the hotel security team is the person who made the call, informing the 911 operator about a "46-year-old female found in the bathroom."

The caller says he was alerted to the situation by an "irate" woman who called security from the room, but couldn't get much information from her.

A woman who first dialed security kept hanging up for whatever reason, preventing the dispatcher from giving potentially life-saving instructions faster.

Listen to the Whitney Houston 911 call below:

"I'm not sure if she fell or if she was in the bathroom with the water," the hotel security employee says of Whitney Houston, who he never identifies by name.

The security team member was under the impression she was not breathing, and the 911 dispatcher sent emergency personnel there immediately.

Too late, as it turned out, as the star couldn't be revived. Whitney's official cause of death is listed as "accidental drowning," with foul play ruled out.

Heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors, according to Houston's autopsy report, and the legendary singer may well have overdosed.

The L.A. County Coroner said Whitney's chronic use of drugs caused a narrowing of her arteries, which resulted in a cardiac event before her death.

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