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Dionne Warwick's final conversation with Whitney Houston: 'She had everything in the world to live for.'

It’s been almost one month since the sad passing of Whitney Houston, and now the legendary singer’s family is beginning to open up. While Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina (who, as its been reported, was left everything in her mother’s will) and her brother Gary Houston and sister-in-law Patricia Houston sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a chat on Oprah’s Next Chapter (the episode airs on OWN this Sunday), the Grammy-winner’s cousin, singer Dionne Warwick talked to Good Morning America on Thursday.

“I spoke to Whitney the day that she passed,” Warwick revealed during her interview, “I spoke to her that morning.” The 71-year-old said that Houston asked if she’d be at Clive Davis’ Grammys party, which Houston was also going to attend. Warwick told GMA, “She said, ‘You’re here, aren’t you? You’re coming to the party, aren’t you?’  I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to be there’ and she said, ‘Thank you, I want you to be here. You’ve got to be here for me.’” (Tragically, Houston was found dead in a bathroom at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton Hotel, hours before the pre-Grammy celebration.)
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'American Idol': Jessica Sanchez covers Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' -- VIDEO

Those crazy kids have really done it this time! Sixteen-year-old Jessica Sanchez covered the late Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” during tonight’s American Idol “guys vs. girls” performance round. (EW’s full recap is here.)

With a little help from a local smoke monster and fingers that fluttered ever so gently along with her vibrato, Jessica “just made 40 million people cry,” according to judge Steven Tyler. That is actually nowhere near the number of people who watch this show, but I love his confidence! Good looking out. Watch Jessica here:

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A look at Oprah's upcoming interview with Whitney Houston's family -- VIDEO

While Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive interview with the family of late legend Whitney Houston doesn’t air until this Sunday on OWN, eager fans or reluctantly curious viewers can get a sneak peek at the sit down. The hour-long episode Oprah’s Next Chapter features Winfrey discussing the life and death of the famed singer with Houston’s brother Gary Houston, sister-in-law Patricia Houston, and her daughter, 16-year-old Bobbi Kristina.

There isn’t much in the clip of Bobbi Kristina –  who landed in the hospital after having a “complete breakdown” because of the passing of her mother — aside from footage of an embrace from Winfrey. But we do get a glimpse into some of the questions the host asked Houston’s family. (“Does it feel real yet that she’s gone?”, “As a big brother, how did you feel about Bobby Brown?”) Watch the preview below:
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Jordin Sparks remembers Whitney Houston at Essence Black Women in Hollywood -- VIDEO

Essence magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon yesterday had much to celebrate, but it was also a more somber occasion than in previous years, with the recent passing of pop icon Whitney Houston. “I got really lucky to be able to see her on something she was so passionate about,” former American Idol finalist Jordin Sparks says about working with one of her idols, on the upcoming film Sparkle. Houston had just finished production on Sparkle before her tragic death earlier this month. “She was amazing,” Sparks says. Octavia Spencer also spoke with Essence about her experience being a black woman in Hollywood, and what the success of The Help has been like for her. Watch the full videos interview with Sparks and Spencer after the jump.
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Lewis Black slams media for handling of Whitney Houston's death on 'The Daily Show' -- VIDEO

Comedian Lewis Black stopped by The Daily Show last night to take aim at the media’s insensitive handling of Whitney Houston’s death. He addressed the ham-handed puns, reckless speculation from “CNN’s resident hearse-chaser Nancy Grace,” and Fox News pundit Eric Bolling’s opportunistic use of the tragedy to launch off-color criticism against California Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Black’s point was a simple one: “Hey, a–holes, somebody died!” Watch the full rant below. READ FULL STORY

NAACP Image Awards tributes Whitney Houston, hands prizes to 'The Help' and George Lucas

The mood was a somber one at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles last night. Much of the ceremony was colored by Whitney Houston’s memory, which was honored in the form of numerous tributes.

Yolanda Adams delivered a stirring rendition of “I Love the Lord, He Made Me Cry,” which she ended with “We love you, Nip.” (“Nip” is Houston’s nickname.)

Also highlighted during the evening was footage from the 1994 Image Awards, which depicted the late singer accepting an Image Award for outstanding female artist. In the clip, Denzel Washington is tasked with presenting the prize, and calls Houston an “artist of unparalleled stature.”

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'Glee' preview: Will Amber Riley's Whitney Houston cover eclipse the rest of the episode?

Before this weekend, there would have been a lot to make Gleeks excited about this week’s episode of Glee. It marks the arrival of Rachel’s two dads (Jeff Goldblum, Brian Stokes Mitchell), Sam Larsen from the Glee Project makes his debut, and Sugar’s having a party. But the death of Whitney Houston this past weekend has put another aspect of tonight’s episode in the spotlight: Mercedes’ (Amber Riley) cover of “I Will Always Love You.”

You can listen to her rendition now, but I’m excited to see the actual performance of the song tonight. It’s Riley we’re talking about here, so I know I won’t be disappointed. (She brings it every. single. time.) But I’d be lying if I said that so much of this episode that seemed exciting before, is now just a backdrop to what I think is going to be the highlight of the episode. Isn’t it weird how our priorities shift in just a few days?

Am I the only morbid person more eager to check out the eerily-timed ode to the late Houston than the rest of the episode? Or are you still excited about all the things this episode has to offer?

Share your thoughts below, and after the episode talk about it here while you wait for the full recap!

This Week's Cover: Whitney Houston's life and legacy

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Whitney Houston’s tragic death on the eve of the Grammy Awards was a shock to the music community and the world. Her fans and colleagues have struggled with her legacy in the days since her passing, reconciling her one-of-a-kind talent with her battle with substance abuse and troubled personal life. In this week’s issue of EW, we explore Houston’s life, her influences, and how she will be remembered.

At the Grammys, Houston’s impact was apparent. Bonnie Raitt, Diane Warren, and other major music industry figures spoke to EW about her influence on their own work and on the music business as a whole.  “She broke the glass ceiling for female R&B singers to cross over,” Raitt said.

Houston’s music is what will live on. From “How Will I Know” to “I Will Always Love You,” we’ve compiled an ultimate Whitney playlist, featuring 25 of Whitney Houston’s best songs, as well as a collection of her life in photos.

For more on Whitney Houston and our complete Grammys coverage, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands this Friday.

Entertainment Weekly is now available on most tablets, including the iPad, Nook Color, Kindle Fire, and Samsung Galaxy. Think of it like the EW you already love, but on steroids: With our digital magazine, you can buy the recommended movies, albums, books, and DVDs while you’re reading about them. Plus you can watch music videos and film trailers, and find movie showtimes in your neighborhood. Current subscribers can access the digital version of EW for free by downloading EW app (also free) and logging in using your name and address or the information on your subscription label. Single copies of the magazine are also for sale through the app if you prefer to read EW that way. If you’re not a subscriber, but would like to become one, you can can do so by going to ew.com/allaccess.

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PopWatch Confessional: 'The Bodyguard' got me addicted to movie soundtracks. Share your memories!

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At the risk of dating myself, I’ll only say that I was pretty young when The Bodyguard was first released. But I still remember the first time I watched it.

It was late one night during a family vacation to Las Vegas when my parents decided to pull the movie up on Pay-Per-View to unwind after a day of no-doubt hectic family fun. I can only assume they thought I’d tune out the film or join my sisters in slumber since the film was wildly age inappropriate at the time. (Then again, my parents were never strict about that sort of thing.) Instead, though, I remember sitting down right next to my dad and sitting through the entire movie, mesmerized by the guy who used a knife to slice an apple without a cutting board (“Don’t ever try that.” — mom)  — and most of all, the music. That woman had a lovely voice. I wanted to hear her sing over and over again.

That woman died this past weekend. When I heard the news that Whitney Houston had been found dead, I was shocked — like everyone else. Stunned silent, really. But most of all, I was instantly taken back to that hotel room many, many years ago with my parents and hearing her voice for the very first time. I remember thinking that I’d never see another movie I loved as much as this one ever again because the songs were so beautiful. In fact, it made me want to see more “grown-up” movies, I told my mom. Were they all that good? (Nope.) Did they all have ladies who sang like that? (Nope, again.) Until the night my nutty parents chose to screen questionable programming, I’d never heard someone sing in a movie like Whitney Houston sang in The Bodyguard. (Hilarious fact: I watched The Bodyguard before I watched The Sound of Music. How warped is that? But I wouldn’t have it any other way.)

The movie went on to gross $410.9 million worldwide and had one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. I didn’t know any of that as a kid — nor would I have particularly cared. All I knew was that I loved the movie, I loved the songs — I loved her (and the gold shiny outfit she danced in).

Whitney Houston — and The Bodyguard — made me love the special relationship between movies and music and the wonderful things that result when the two work in harmony. And I’m so thankful to have developed that appreciation at such a young age. So I’ll be watching (for the hundredth time!) tonight when the movie re-airs on the Lifetime network and feel nothing but joy and thanks.

What about you, PopWatchers? Share your memories of the movie and feel free to watch it together below!

'American Idol': Who sang the best Whitney Houston cover? -- POLL

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest said yesterday that producers are trying to figure out an appropriate homage for the late Whitney Houston — who had reacted positively to a possible season 11 guest-mentoring spot just days before her death. Whitney had always been one of those untouchable, “hmmm…maybe don’t go there” artists on musical competition shows, but there were always a few brave souls who got in there and wanted to feel the heat with their idol.

Jennifer Hudson’s wow-worthy “I Will Always Love You” tribute at last night’s Grammys got us thinking about other American Idol contestants who dared to cover one of the greats. Below is our roundup of the 10 best Whitney Houston performances on Idol. You don’t really need to look very much further. Don’t (you DARE!) walk away from me. Just listen below, and let us know who you think wore Whitney best. READ FULL STORY

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