*In 1997, the late Whitney Houston kicked off the US Open and christened the then-brand-new Arthur Ashe stadium, singing “One Moment in Time.” Now, 2007 American Idol winner and “Sparkle” star, Jordin Sparks, will follow in her footsteps.

Sparks will headline the opening-night program Aug. 27 at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, held in Queens, New York’s Flushing Meadows Park, performing a song from the highly anticipated movie as well as singing the national anthem.

“Sparkle” was Whitney Houston’s last major endeavor before she met her untimely demise earlier this year and Sparks spent a great deal of time with the pop superstar during the movie’s filming.

Sparkle” will hit theaters August 17th.

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