Whitney Houston (1963-2012)
(Photo credit by JOCHEN LUEBKE/AFP/Getty Images)With the passing of Whitney Houston, a great number of celebrities has either spoke out or taken to Twitter to express their sincere condolences for the musical icon.
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (CBS SF/AP) - It was an emotional night for soul singer Bobby Brown as he performed Saturday night before thousands just hours after learning that his ex-wife Whitney Houston had died in Beverly Hills.<br /><br /> "First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all," he told fans gathered at a nearly sold-out 7,500-seat venue in northern Mississippi. "Second, I would like to say, `I love you, Whitney.' The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage."<br /><br /> Brown took the stage as part of the New Edition reunion tour at the Landers Center in Southaven, close to Memphis, Tenn. He said he decided to go on with the performance because fans had shown their loyalty to the group New Edition for more than 25 years. He performed about 10 songs over more than hour - "My Preogative" and "Mr. Telephone Man" among them - before he appeared visibly shaken on stage.<br /><br /> Brown suddenly appeared overcome with emotion as the concert wound down, wiping his face with his vest as the group prepared to sing a ballad. When the song began, he joined in, but his voice cracked. He then waved to the fans and walked off stage. The show ended shortly afterward.<br /><br />(Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)Ex-husband of Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown On Mississippi stage: 'I love you, Whitney'
(Pictured) Singer Cissy Houston and daughter singer Whitney Houston<br />(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) <br /><br />Whitney Houston's mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, issued the following statement: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Whitney. This is an unimaginable tragedy and we will miss her terribly. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from her fans and friends."
Alicia Keys @aliciakeys and Clive Davis
With celebrities ranging from Dr. Dre to Tony Bennett in attendance, a somber Davis, reading from a sheet of paper, said: "I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me. She was full of life, looking forward for tonight. She loved music and she loved this night that celebrated music."<br /><br />He added: "Whitney was a beautiful person and she had a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage ... so many times. So simply put: Whitney would have wanted the music to go on."<br /><br />He dedicated the evening to her and asked for a moment of silence as a photo of the 48-year-old, hands wide open, looking to the sky, appeared on the screen. Then, he said with excitement: "Now ladies and gentlemen, let the music begin."<br /><br />(L-R) Alicia Keys, Clive Davis and Whitney Houston (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)I feel sick.... Life is precious, we are fragile souls. Let's love each other! I miss you beautiful Whitney, the whole world misses you!!
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)"It was the greatest honor of my life to be able to be the one to pay tribute to Whitney's memory," Hudson, 30, told Us Weekly. "It was from my heart. I haven't stopped crying since she passed. Her family is in my prayers."
Dolly Parton, who wrote the original version of "I Will Always Love you," which Houston later sang for the film "The Bodyguard."
"Like everybody else, I am still in shock," Parton revealed. "But I know that Whitney will live forever in all the great music that she left behind. I will always have a very special piece of her in the song we shared together and had the good fortune to share with the world. Rest in peace, Whitney. Again, we will always love you." <br /><br /> (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) <br /><br />"Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, `Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed."
Mariah Carey @MariahCarey
Singers Mariah Carey (L) and Whitney Houston perform "When You Believe" (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston.
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)"I am devastated by the loss of Whitney. We have lost a true angel. My prayers, my heart goes out to her family. We have lost an extraordinary voice to the world."
Elton John, from the stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, before dedicating the song "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" to Houston.
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)"This is a sad day today, all I want to talk about is her music. She was the most beautiful woman I think I ever saw.... Thank you for giving us your talent, and one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard."
Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) and her brother, Randy Jackson (@randyjackson8)
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)"We honor and celebrate the life of one of the world's most gifted vocalists and talented entertainers, Whitney Houston. Although we are all saddened by her sudden passing and will miss her, we respectfully ask everyone to consider her family at this time of difficulty by granting them the patience and comfort they need to mourn their loss in peace."
(Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)"When I wrote Born This Way I imagined Whitney singing it because I wasn't secure enough to be a star"
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)"She had everything, beauty, a magnificent voice. How sad her gifts could not bring her the same happiness they brought us."
Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)"I truly, truly adored Whitney Houston. Her album `I'm Your Baby Tonight' was the very first album I ever bought."
(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)"I can't believe that Whitney is gone. My heart goes out to her family, to Clive (Davis), and to everyone who knew and loved this amazingly talented and beautiful artist. I will always love her."
Tony Bennett @itstonybennett
(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)"Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I've ever heard and she will be truly missed."
Rev. Al Sharpton
(Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)"The morning of the Grammys, the world should pause and pray for the memory of a gifted songbird."
(Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)"Such a loss. One of the greatest voices of our time. Sending out prayers to her family... #R.I.P.Whitney"
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)"I've known Whitney since she was a little girl and I loved her. She was like family to me. I will miss her."
(Photo by Sandy Young/ Getty Images for Nobel Peace Prize Concert)"I think her contribution was her excellence of all levels. She was outstandingly gorgeous, an excellent performer ... Excellent vocalist. She was excellent on some many levels, and set the standard for what it is to be a great female artist."
Aretha Franklin @ArethaFranklin
(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby.
(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)#tweegram We love you Whitney Houston...
Paula Abdul @paulaabdul
(Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)I am devastated. I am absolutely devastated at the news about Whitney Houston. Such a tragic, tragic loss.
Jessica Simpson @JessicaSimpson
(Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)I found my voice singing Whitney Houston's music. Today I lost my idol.
Nick Cannon @NickCannon
(Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)Tell our loved ones how much we love them while they're still here. I wish I could've told Whitney how great she was one last time...
(Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)Feels so strange being at the Grammy rehearsal right now!!
Busta Rhymes @BusaBusss
(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)Can't believe we've lost another 1 of our Royalty. Sister Queen Whitney Houston. God Bless on ur journey as u now stand with the Most High.
Bette Midler @BetteMidler
(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)Please, please someone tell me it's not true...
(Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)Another 1 of the best movie & soundtrack combinations ever... #RipWhitneyHouston #NobodyCouldTouchWhitneyBac
(Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)Whitney was the reason many of us do what we do. "a few stolen moments is all that we share" RIP
Bow Wow @BowWow
(Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)I remember driving to Her house to meet her daughter one day & got lost on my GPS not knowing she lived up da block from me. #Willbemissed
Kelly Rowland @KELLYROWLAND
(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to her daughter, her mother and to all of her loved ones.
Gloria Estefan @GloriaEstefan
(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NCLR)Shocked we’ve lost the immensely talented Whitney Houston! Sending prayers of peace & solace 2 her family, friends & fans! Such a loss!<br /><br /> Estefan also tweeted her grief in Spanish. Siento mucho la perdida de Whitney Houston! Enviando oraciones a su familia, amigos y fans para que tengan paz durante este momento difícil!
Toni Braxton @tonibraxton
(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)She’s paved the way for every single singer in the music industry. Iconic, legendary, innovating, amazing, humble…1 the best in the world
LaToya Jackson @latoyajackson
(Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)I can’t fathom the fact that #whitneyhouston has died! My heart goes out 2 her mother, daughter & her love ones. #Whitney U will be missed!
Adam Shankman @adammshankman
(Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images For Elle Magazine)"I choreographed I’m your baby tonight miss you angel"
Solange Knowles @solangeknowles
(Photo by Michael Roman/Getty Images for Sephora)I will always remember Whitney Houston as a true, outstanding, talent. A radiant beauty. A magical smile. A voice that made you shiver.
P. Diddy @iamdiddy
(Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)Whitney Houston!!! OMG!! I really can't believe this.. This is one of the saddest days ever.
Christina Aguilera @TheRealXtina
(Photo by Tim Alban/Getty Images)We have lost another legend. Love and prayers to Whitney's family. She will be missed.
Missy Elliott @MissyElliott
(Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)Thank u 4 the times we worked 2gether your Voice touched the World! N this rough time I pray for The Houston Family...
Ryan Seacrest @RyanSeacrest
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)At Grammys rehearsal hearing Whitney Houston has passed away at 48. Everyone here is absolutely stunned.
Queen Latifah @IAMQUEENLATIFAH
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)Oh Dear Lord! Huritng so Bad!!! MY Sister Whitney!!!!!!! Newark please Pray!!! World Please Pray
(Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)"Just heard the news. so crazy ...One of the GREATEST VOICES EVER just passed. RIP Whitney Houston. My prayers go out to her friends and family I am sadden to hear of the passing of Whitney Houston today..."
(Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images for Motorola Xoom)"The voice of an Angel, the Heart of a Lamb, the spirit of a Lioness, the presence of a Goddess, love you R.I.P Whitney Houston."
Jane Fonda @Janefonda
(Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)Stunned by #Whitney’s death. So sad. Going to Clive’s pre-Grammy party. She was his darling. Whew
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)R.I.P. Whitney Houston. #Retweet for Respect 1-Love, 1-Legend, 1-Nation!
Kim Kardashian @KimKardashian
(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images For J/P Haitian Relief Organization and Cinema For Peace)Just heard the tragic news that Whitney Houston passed away. I pray for her daughter & loved ones. We will always love you Whitney…
Joan Rivers @Joan_Rivers
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Rosie O’Donnell @Rosie
(Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)Dear God … There is a grief that can’t be spoken #DEVASTATED
Serena Williams @serenawilliams
(Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)#OneMomentInTime has propelled me to many of my grand slams victories. #whitneyhouston
Kelly Osbourne @misskellyo
(Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images For Teen Vogue)i truly hope you are in peace #WhitneyHouston i feel so honored to have known you! i love you RIP!
Goldie Hawn @goldiehawn
(Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)I am so very sad to hear of Whitney Houston’s passing. She was one of our great artist that graced us all. May she rest in peace.
Terry McMillan @MsTerryMcMillan
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)"And what about her daughter?"
Kathy Griffin @kathygriffin
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)“She was A TALENT & A LEGEND. She was never a “reality star” No jokes from me about Miss Houston today.”
Kris Jenner @KrisJenner
(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Reality Rocks)So so sad that Whitney Houston died.. praying for her daughter and her family…tragic..just heartbreaking..amazing talent, amazing voice..
Nancy O’Dell @NancyODell
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)“I am in shock and so sad…Whitney Houston reported dead.”
Jackie Collins @jackiejcollins
(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)Whitney Houston is dead. A beautiful & talented woman RIP Whitney
LeVar Burton @levarburton
(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Damn! I don’t even known what to say… #RIPWhitney
Rita Wilson @RitaWilson
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)“So terribly sad. Whitney Houston should have lived a long life. Her gift was God given.”
Robin Quivers @rqui
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Whitney, we missed you even before you were gone. RIP.
Tori Spelling @torianddean
(Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)N shock about Whitney Houston’s death.Not shocked media already talking abt wht led2 it. She was a legend. Let her family&fans mourn&shut up
Rick Dees @rickdees
(Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)Such a voice, such an incomparable, moving talent. There will never be anyone like Whitney. God bless
Forest Whitaker @ForestWhitaker
NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Actor Forest Whitaker attends the premiere of "My Own Love Song" during the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images For Tribeca Film Festival)May gods breath surround you, Whitney. And may you be held in the arms of the angels. Please, pray to comfort all those who hold her dear
Cheryl Burke @CherylBurke
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)So sad to be writing this. My prayers go out to her family. RIP Whitney Houston.
Melanie Brown (Mel B) @OfficialMelB
(Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)such a sad sad day,Whitney Houston is no longer with us,what a loss,she will be missed!!!!
(Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)I will always live that girl... Her voice is unmatched. People were so caught up in the negative stuff... They forgot she was Baddddd
Sherri Shepherd @SherriEShepherd
(Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for WE tv)Vesta Williams ... Whitney Houston ... too soon ... can't make sense of it.
Kimora Lee Simmons @OfficialKimora
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)RIP Whitney my lady... Always one of the Most Beautiful! Maybe now u will be at peace....love you and the family forever. ♥
Nene Leakes @NeNeLeakes
(Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)RIP Whitney Houston! My God hold u & keep u
Holly Robinson Peete @hollyrpeete
(Photo by Michael Caulfield/Getty Images)“@MariahCarey: Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston.”
Ellen Degeneres @TheEllenShow
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)Very sad news about Whitney. My heart and prayers go out to her daughter and family.
Sanaa Lathan @justsanaa
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Sweet angel Whitney... One of the greatest that ever was...
Russell Simmons @UncleRUSH
(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)R.I.P. Whitney Houston, really can't believe this...
Khloe Kardashian @KhloeKardashian
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)I will always love you Whitney Houston...
Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)Such sad news about Whitney Houston. She was a legend, but what a life..! My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Alyssa Milano @Alyssa_Milano
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)My husband just told me about Whitney Houston. My heart aches. Rest in peace, beautiful lady.