*Beyonce had some fans in tears Tuesday night as she dedicated two songs to actor Paul Walker during her concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The 31-year-old singer sang Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” and her own hit single “Halo” in memory of the “Fast & Furious” star, who died Saturday (Nov. 30) in a car crash in Santa Clarita.
“I dedicate these songs to Paul Walker,” she told the star-studded crowd, which included Kevin Hart, Khloe Kardashian and Kelly Osbourne.
Fans quickly took to Twitter to express their emotions after the performance, one user Tayler Wilson tweeted: ”When @Beyonce sang Whitney Houston I will always love you and dedicated it to Paul walker… I cried. That woman sings like no other”
Twitter user Jazmyne Flores added: ”Legit crying bc everyone’s singing Halo at the top of their lungs and Beyonce dedicated it to Paul walker (sic)”
A private family memorial service for Paul, 40, and his friend Roger Rodas – who had been driving the vehicle when it hit a pole – was held at the site of the crash on Monday.
Police escort woman off an airplane for singing “I Will Always Love You”
*It’s not right, and apparently it’s not okay for a passenger to belt a Whitney Houston song over and over again during a cross-country domestic flight.
The six-hour American Airlines flight from LAX to New York’s JFK Airport was forced to make an emergency landing in Kansas City after a woman refused to stop belting out Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”
Woman is escorted off an airplane for singing “I Will Always Love You”
Despite an American Airlines staff member repeatedly claiming, “You cannot take pictures on the airplane,” one passenger was able to capture a portion of the incident on camera.
“The woman was being disruptive and was removed from the plane for interfering with the flight crew,” Kansas City International Airport spokesman Joe McBride explained.
“There was a federal air marshal on the aircraft, who subdued the woman and put her in cuffs and removed her from the plane.”
The woman was later released without any charges. She was not allowed to continue on American Airlines to her final destination, though.
The woman reportedly claimed the incident occurred because she is diabetic.
*The first single from a new Whitney Houston greatest hits album hit the Internet today, eight months following her tragic death in February.
“Hold your head to the sky, look them right in the eyes/Tell them you will never quit until the day you get it right/Never, never give up,” Houston sings in the song.
Produced by Jermaine Dupri, the tune was originally set to be released on her 2009 album “I Look to You,” but will instead be added to Houston’ greatest hits collection, “I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston,” due Nov. 13.
Also on the album will be Houston’s duet with R. Kelly, “I Look to You,” which debuted in September.
*Fox’s “Glee” will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston with a tribute episode to premiere in the spring, reports E!
Just days after the singer’s death last month, “Glee” dedicated its Valentine’s Day episode that coincidentally featured Houston/Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”
Producers of the show decided to dedicate that episode — in which Amber Riley belted out the song Houston performed as part of 1992′s “The Bodyguard” — to the singer, placing a title card at the end of the episode.
As reported by E!, the Houston tribute will feature eight songs from Houston’s extensive library and was planned after her death. The hour is said to be a departure from the show’s typical tribute episodes to singers including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Michael Jackson.
Instead, the installment will use Houston’s recordings as a way to say goodbye and to “respectfully say thank you” to the late singer,” E! reports, noting that the tribute will focus on “Glee’s” graduating seniors — including Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer, among others — as they struggle with letting go.
Riley’s cover of “I Will Always Love You,” seen below, has sold more than 45,000 digital copies, placing it among “Glee’s” record 193 Hot 100 singles.
An official air date for the Houston tribute has not yet been announced.
*Millions of Whitney Houston fans watched final tributes from family and friends during the live broadcast of her home going celebration at Newark’s New Hope Baptist on Saturday, February 18, 2012, just one week after her untimely passing in Beverly Hills, California due to unknown causes. It was a dignified ceremony that maintained reverence of the Baptist tradition, except for a few awkward moments.
The one camera that was permitted, kept viewers abreast of the proceedings without distracting the private and emotional nature of what was going on inside. Though news outfits from all over the world vied for access, a media circus was banned from the sanctuary. By now, full accounts have been given of Dionne Warwick’s officiating, Pastor Marvin Winans’ eulogy, Tyler Perry’s sermonette, Kim Burrell’s rendition of “A Change Is Gonna Come”, CeCe Winans’ “Don’t Cry For Me,” and the chilling original requiems by BeBe Winans and AliciaKeys. It was all to be expected from the hierarchy of music stars that were Whitney Houston’s warm and personal friends. What many did not expect was the stark and noble gesture of lifting Ms. Houston’s shiny gold casket onto the shoulders of the pall bearers for the recessional as her voice rung from the speakers singing “I Will Always Love You.”
At the close of the lengthy services a troupe of uniformed men marched up the isles, but were dismissed by the woman in the gold jacket. It is reported that this was Carolyn Whigham, owner of the Whigham Funeral Home. Then another team of men entered from the sidelines. Within seconds Whitney’s casket was onto their shoulders for the march outside the church. EURweb researched ceremonial burials and came up with this historical account. The ceremonial function of pallbearers dates back to ancient Rome. The person’s cloak or garment was referred to as his pallium. It was spread over the body or coffin from home to the cemetery. The pallium was carried by a friend or a loved one, while another group of men carried the body mounted on their shoulders. By the Middle Ages, the pallium simply became the pall, a rectangular cloth that typically covers the coffin while lying in state at a Christian Church. One group of men were assigned to carry the coffin, while another were charged to proceed along side them to make sure that the pall did not drag to the ground. Over time the second group of men, became obsolete and the term “pall bearer” refers to those assigned to physically remove the casket from the place of final services to the grave site. In military and state funerals, the U. S. flag serves as a pall over the casket. Due to Whitney Houston’s career achievements, her passing was observed by flags waving half staff in New Jersey upon orders given by Governor Chris Christie. Thus the highly ceremonial nature of Whitney’s funeral was within reasonable protocol.
Ms. Houston was interred Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey. It is fitting to mention that the Whigham Funeral Home has been a staple in the Jersey area for 60 years and has overseen final arrangements for jazz great Sarah Vaughn, jazz trumpeter Woody Shaw and gospel singer James Ausbin Smith, among others who were famous and not so famous.