Whitney Houston getting primetime special, greatest hits package, photo book
When Whitney Houston died suddenly in February, near-immediate tributes sprung up everywhere from that weekend’s Grammy telecast and EW’s own print cover.
But some tributes, of course, can’t be wrought so quickly, and this coming November will bring a number of longer-gestating odes to the fallen superstar. On November 16, CBS will broadcast We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston, an hour-long primetime special that genuflects to Houston’s music with the aid of stars like Jennifer Hudson and Usher (with more to be announced). The special will tape at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater on October 11, and tickets are on sale now.
That week in November will also sees the release of I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, a new collection of her biggest hits — including “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” and “My Love Is Your Love,” and 15 others. Also included: a new version of “I Look to You” featuring R. Kelly. Check it out below.
A deluxe version of the disc featuring five other duets, including tag teams with Aretha Franklin, Jermaine Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Cece Winans, and her mother Cissy Houston will be available as well.
Finally, the month will wrap up with the release of Whitney: Tribute to an Icon, an official photo book due to hit bookstores on November 27. Part of the proceeds of the book, which is being put out by Atria, will support Teen Summit, one of Houston’s favorite charities.
The rest of the money will go towards supporting Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina.
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