Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin Remember Whitney Houston at NAACP Image Awards


On the eve of her funeral, singer Whitney Houston was honored in Los Angeles with a tribute during the NAACP Image Awards.

Yolanda Adams sang the spiritual song “I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry,” which Houston performed in the 1996 film “The Preacher’s Wife.”
“We love you, Nip,” Adams said as she finished the song, referring to the singer’s nickname.
Footage of Houston accepting the Image Award for outstanding female artist in 1994 was shown, as was Denzel Washington’s presentation of that award, in which he called her an “artist of unparalleled stature.”
Gospel singer Kirk Franklin closed the program with a version of Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All” before launching into his uplifting song, “Today.”
The singer’s funeral will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., on Saturday. Fifteen hundred guests are expected to attend the private service, including Aretha Franklin, Clive Davis and Stevie Wonder. Fans will be able to watch the funeral online – CBSNews.com will stream the service live starting at 11 a.m. ET. The funeral is expected to begin at noon.
Houston, who was 48, died in Beverly Hills, the day before the Grammy awards.
SOURCE: The Associated Press