Lady Gaga pulled a ‘lavender blonde’ from the 55,000 strong crowd at her sold-out ‘Born This Way Ball‘ show at Twickenham on Saturday, and performed an emotional tribute to Amy Winehouse, Princess Diana, Alexander McQueen & Whitney Houston to her.
The acoustic track titled ‘Lady Die‘ references her number 1 inspiration during her teens- the people’s Princess. She told the crowds: “Since I was a very young girl, the people’s Princess was the most important person in me and my mother’s life. I swore if I ever had an audience like this in London, I would take a moment to appreciate her. This is for her, Amy Winehouse, Alexander McQueen, Whitney Houston and me.”
Whitney Houston truly was a diamond, so it comes to no surprise that she was recently buried wearing a load of them! She was dressed in over £500,000 worth of rocks, including a diamond brooch and earrings, and now her family have had to take certain security measures to prevent their theft. An idea floating around between her friends and family is that they could encase her body in concrete. At present it is under 24-hour guard at ‘Fairview Cemetery‘ in New Jersey, but her family are unable to continue funding it.
Meanwhile, mother Cissy Houston is cashing in on her daughter’s death, and plans to ‘set the record straight’ by publishing a book. She is quoted by the ‘New York Times‘ as saying: “I want to stop the lies, It’s going to be the bad. It’s going to be the good.”
Whitney Houston was found dead in her LA hotel room yesterday just a few hours before her booked appearance at tonight’s ‘Grammy‘ awards. She was found unconscious by her bodyguard in her hotel room at the ‘Beverly Hilton‘, and had reportedly drowned in her bathtub.
The emergency services were called to resuscitate her, but after 20 minutes of unresponsive CPR, they announced her death at 3.55pm, which was later confirmed by publicist Kristen Foster. Despite reports emerging that the death was not drug related, some say that prescription pills were found in the room. She drank heavily with friends the night before, and was seen at rehearsals on Thursday smelling of cigarettes and alcohol.
Her daughter Bobbi Kristina was inconsolable after being denied access to her mother’s hotel room. Ex-husband Bobby Brown was said to be crying hysterically upon hearing the news, yet appeared on stage yesterday just a few hours later, and cried out ‘I love you, Whitney!’ in the middle of the concert.
Whitney won 6 ‘Grammy‘ awards, 2 ‘Emmy‘ awards, 30 ‘Billboard Music Awards‘, and 22 ‘American Music Awards‘, and sold 170 million albums worldwide.
Famous friends of the diva have left some comments online: “Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston,” said Mariah Carey. Simon Cowell called her a “true diva with one of the best voices I have head in my life ever.” Rihanna tweeted: “No words! Just tears. I honestly can’t think of anything else! Feels so strange being at the ‘Grammy‘ rehearsal right now!”
Her personal life took a turn for the worst at the peak of her career, and she became heavily dependent on cocaine, marijuana and pills, which ultimately ruined her voice. Jennifer Hudson will sing a tribute to her at tonight’s show.
Whitney Houston has checked into an out-patient rehabilitation programme for ‘drug and alcohol’ related issues. Some say that the singer enrolled in the course about 10 days ago.
“Whitney Houston is currently in an out-patient rehab program for drug and alcohol treatment. Whitney voluntarily entered the programme to support her long-standing recovery process”, her spokesperson told US ‘People’ magazine.
She has had a very colourful past when it comes to drugs, and came clean about her use in a tell-all interview in 2009 with Oprah Winfrey, and she completed a stint in rehab back in March 2005. However, we all thought that she’d turned this around back in 2009, when she made a huge comeback, and released “I Look To You”, her first studio album in seven years which topped the U.S. and charts in other countries.
Let’s hope she recovers soon!