Whitney Houston will be honored posthumously with the Billboard Millennium Award in a tribute performed by Jordin Sparks and John Legend at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday (May 20), it was announced Tuesday.
Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and sister-in-law, Pat Houston, will make a special appearance to accept the award in her honor.
Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston may no longer have been a couple when she died in February, but as he told TODAY’s Matt Lauer in an interview that aired Wednesday morning — his first interview since her death — he still misses her fiercely.
“Our relationship was great,” he said. “I had 14 beautiful, beautiful years with that woman.”
And it’s not just his revisionist history, he insisted: “I can honestly say that — I love that woman with — with everything that I am. And I believe she loved me the same way.”
Still, Whitney and Bobby’s relationship was, almost from the start, filled with conflict of one kind or the other. Brown says he never used hard drugs before meeting Houston, and said that she had used drugs before they were involved. “I worried about it when … we first got together until I tried it,” he said. “And when I tried it, for some reason, I have an addictive personality.”
Kevin Costner stopped by Anderson Cooper’s talk show to talk about his upcoming miniseries ‘Hatfields & McCoys’, and ended up talking about his ‘Bodyguard’ costar, Whitney Houston.
The two hadn’t been close since they starred together in the 1992 blockbuster, but Kevin always had a soft spot for the late singer (he even acted as a pallbearer in her funeral). Now the actor is opening up about what he knew and didn’t know about her battle with drugs.
“A couple of times there were some people that really loved Whitney and a couple times in the last seven or eight years they asked me if I would I write her a letter,” he told Cooper.
“It’s so odd. I have this level of celebrity and fame — international or national, whatever you want to refer to it — but it’s a pretty surreal thing to think sometimes that you’re in the middle of another famous person’s life,” he explained.
“You think to yourself, ‘How the hell did I get famous?’ What is this some weird club that we’re in?’”
“So when someone said, ‘Would you write someone a letter to someone who you know is having trouble?’ I did, there were two occasions.”
The gorgeous movie star couple will always be joined in fans’ eyes, but in real life the Dances With Wolves star said: “I elected to let Whitney have her life after The Bodyguard, she would always be close to me, she would always be someone I appreciated.
“I saw pretty much what everyone else saw. But when someone asked me to write a letter I did, I don’t know if those letters were ever read.”