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Whitney Houston to Be Celebrated in BET Segment

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Her later years sadly overshadowed by controversy, Whitney Houston was arguably the most purely talented pop vocalist of her generation — and that legacy will be honored with a segment during BET’s 12th annual ‘Celebration of Gospel’ special, scheduled to air April 1.

Many of Houston’s peers are scheduled to be in attendance, including Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Faith Evans, Johnny Gill, and Kelly Price. The special segment will, in the network’s words, honor the way in which her “singing gift was anchored in her gospel roots.”

Hosted by Steve Harvey, this year’s ‘Celebration of Gospel’ event is scheduled to take place March 16 at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, and will also include a special tribute to the legendary Mahalia Jackson, whose pioneering work earned her the title of “The Mother of Gospel Music.”

Though Houston passed away less than a month ago, the ‘Celebration of Gospel’ segment joins a growing number of tributes to her life and legacy, including the recent ‘American Idol’ round that found its female contestants covering 11 of Houston’s songs. We’re sure to see more in the months to come — and given the way her posthumous album sales have surged, a series of new releases can’t be far behind.

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