‘Sparkle’ Star Whitney Houston Remembered in Music Video for ‘Celebrate’ (VIDEO)
This week, VEVO debuted the official music video for ‘Celebrate,’ the final song recorded by Whitney Houston before her tragic death in February.
As one might expect, the video for the song — which is featured in the upcoming musical-drama Sparkle — is mostly celebratory; American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, with whom Houston recorded the song, leads the way by organizing a dance party of sorts with various members of the cast.
Still, the presence of Houston, who died before the video was actually shot, is felt through clips from the movie, in which she plays a mother of three daughters who are trying to make it in the music business, in 1976. In addition, a Houston t-shirt is worn by Sparks near the end of the video.
Check out the full video for ‘Celebrate’ above.
Speaking of Sparks, the 22-year-old singer-actress recently opened up to OUT magazine about working with Houston on the film, describing her experience as “incredible.”
“Sometimes you look up to somebody and you meet them and get completely let down, and that was not the case with Whitney. It was everything and more,” she said.
“I first heard the song after she passed,” she added, of ‘Celebrate,” “and it was one of those out-of-body experiences because she sounds so happy and you can feel the joy when she’s singing.” (For more on the interview, click here.)
Sparkle opens in theaters nationwide on Aug. 17.
Houston died on Feb. 11 inside her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. According to a 41-page report from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, she died from a “combination of heart trouble and cocaine ingestion” after being submerged in bathwater for nearly an hour.
Sparkle is Houston’s fourth and final film on the big screen. She previously starred in Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher’s Wife and, most famously, The Bodyguard.
Watch the trailer for Sparkle below.