Video: Mariah Carey and Cissy Houston Pay Emotional Tribute to Whitney at 2012 BET Awards

Video: Mariah Carey and Cissy Houston Pay Emotional Tribute to Whitney at 2012 BET Awards

Mariah introduces the segment by sharing her memories of her late friend Whitney Houston, before Monica, Brandy, Cissy and Chaka Khan take turn to sing on stage.

The 2012 BET Awards celebrated the life of Whitney Houston in a tribute segment for the "I Will Always Love You" hitmaker. Mariah Carey opened the segment by sharing her story about her relationship with the late singer.

Dressing in a glittery gown, the wife of Nick Cannon recalled, "The first time I heard Whitney's voice, I was mesmerized like the rest of the world." She later talked about their first meeting backstage at the Grammy Awards and how they became friends after working together on "When You Believe", the "Prince of Egypt" soundtrack that won an Oscar.

The "We Belong Together" songstress then revealed she last saw Whitney in London about a year ago. "I miss my friend, and I miss hearing her voice and laughter, but we'll always have the music," she said. She took a pause as she fought back tears before continuing, "We'll always have that voice we all fell in love with. She inspired us all."

Later, Monica showed up on stage to deliver a moving rendition of "I Love the Lord" and Brandy brought the audience on their feet with a rendition of Whitney's classics "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody".

Whitney's brother Gary Houston also sang before introducing their mother Cissy Houston, who belted out "Bridge Over Troubled Water". "This is for you, Nip," she said, referring to her daughter's nickname. Last but not least, Chaka Khan lightened the mood with an energetic performance of "I'm Every Woman".

At the BET Awards that was held Sunday, July 1 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z & Kanye West, as well as Chris Brown took home two prizes each. Hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, the ceremony featured Usher, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz and Breezy among the other musical performers.

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    Jul 02, 2012

    Beautiful trubute. Thought I was going to cry my eyes out, but I just shed a few tears... Something about this tribute lifted the ton of weights on my heart. Maybe finally hearing the emotion/strength of her mom's voice in the tribute did it. I love that family without reservations, we all are human, and no man is immune to withstand the trials and tribulations of this world. Whitney gave love and in turn all she ever wanted was that same love returned. Times are changing and the entertainment world is more aggressive and less considerate of people as HUMANS. She wasn't perfect although we wanted her to be, everyone falls short sometimes. Let's just remember to love each other. I hope she knows I had NBL (nothing but love) for her, forever & always. R.I.H. Nippy, we'll always love you angel.

    Love Whitney
    Jul 02, 2012

    When I found out Whitney was gone. I felt shock I felt pain. I felt pain for the ones ho have love her most and love her the longest. I believe that fans and the industry were hard on her. They forgot that she was human. They forgot that she could fall short. I wish that she could be here to fell the love people have for her. I hope that in time her family will heal and I hope that Whitney knows she is loved by me and the world never will she be forgotten only cherished.

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