|Cissy Houston pays tribute to daighter whitney houston at the BET Awards|
Late Whitney Houston was remembered Sunday night with a tribute at the BET Awards. Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of the ceremony
Mariah Carey introduced the segment by noting the perceived rivalry between the two singers, who collaborated on "When You Believe," their Oscar-winning song from the 1998 animated film The Prince of Egypt.
"We got to spend a lot of time together as we promoted it, and we really got to know each other as people, not divas," she said, noting that Houston was "a hilarious person, with a cutting sense of humor. She was real and kept it real, and that's why we got along so well. If you really knew Whitney, you coudln't help but love her."
|Mariah carey pays tribute to whitney houston|
She said the last time she was with Houston was in London about a year ago, and people were still surprised to see the two together and getting along. "I miss my friend, and I miss hearing her voice and laughter, but we'll always have the music," she said.
Monica then took the stage to perform "i love the lord" followed by Brandy, who co-starred with Houston in the 1997 TV movie Cinderella.
|Monica pays tribute to whitney houston|
Brandy performed a melody that featured Houston's hits "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)."
Houston's brother Gary also performed, followed by Cissy Houston, the late singer's mother, who sang "Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water."
Houston's Waiting to Exhale co-stars Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon also took the stage to pay tribute. "She was more than a singer: She was an actress, a mother, a daughter, a sister. ... She truly was every woman," Devine said. That led into a performance of Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman," which Houston remade into her own hit single, by Khan herself.