Whitney Houston’s BET Awards Speech Goes Viral Thanks to Instagram Influencer
Whitney Houston gave many magical moments on stage during her time. Before her death in 2012, the “I Will Always Love You” singer was known for singing live tunes like no other. But just as much as she gave iconic performances, she also gave funny and sometimes weird appearances that have since become meme-worthy. In a recent Instagram post, one of Houston’s famous acceptance speeches went viral thanks to an influencer’s recreation.
Whitney Houston honored at the 2001 BET Awards
Houston was honored at the awards ceremony and received the Icon award. Although she was only 37 at the time, her career has already spanned more than 20 years. She had won several major awards by then, including Grammys, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and had completed several sold-out international tours. Houston was also a real movie star.
It was a real honor for Houston to be recognized by BET because earlier in her career she was shunned from the black community and considered a sellout for crossover hits like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” At the third annual Soul Train Music Awards in April 1989, she was booed by the audience when her name was announced in a category.
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At the BET Awards, Houston was presented by Babyface, with special tributes from Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera and Luther Vandross. His mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, was also present.
She received a standing ovation from the audience when she jumped on stage to accept the award. Houston gave a pretty entertaining speech, singing “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child, rapping the names of her employees and calling her then-husband Bobby Brown the “King of R&B.” She also took the stage to perform a medley of her best hits.
Video recirculates on social media after influencer impersonates him
Instagram influencer Corey J. Bradford has become famous for recreating great moments from popular culture. He currently has nearly 300,000 followers on Instagram and has livestreamed moments from the Kardashians, Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin and more. He previously recreated Housotn’s iconic interview with Diane Sawyer where Houston discussed his drug use and spawned the infamous “crack is wack line” when Sawyer asked if Houston ever dabbled in drugs.
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In his latest, Bradford gives his take on Houston’s 2001 BET Awards speech. Donned in her replica of her long gray designer dress and choker necklace, Bradford wears a gray muscle shirt and something similar around her neck. It highlights several major, most-talked-about moments from the speech with the actual footage streaming live in the background.
“Let’s bring them! Another of Queen Whitney’s most iconic moments! #whitneyhouston #bet,” he captioned the video. Several big celebrities commented. “Brilliant,” wrote gospel singer Erica Campbell. Musiq Soulchild also commented on the laughing face emojis.
The BET Awards moment isn’t the first to resurface in recent years. Quite often, a throwback video and/or interview featuring the icon is rehashed. As mentioned, his interview with Sawyer is one that remains in constant rotation.
Other videos featuring Houston that are getting a lot of attention include his radio interview with Wendy Williams. After years of Williams sharing rumors about Houston on her radio show, Houston finally agreed to talk and it was less than stellar. Williams blasted Houston for talking about her marriage, talking about her family life and discussing her alleged drug use. It would be the first and last time the two would speak to each other. The interview propelled Williams to new heights.
Houston’s appearance on the short-lived Bravo reality series Being Bobby Brown featured moments that audiences considered erratic. The bodyguard The star has been accused of being quirky, mean to fans and sometimes abrasive. She later said she regretted doing the show and felt pressured into it so Brown could have a resurgence in her own career.
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