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Whitney (born: Whitney Elizabeth Houston; August 9, 1963) was an American singer, actress and model. Whitney passed away on February 11, 2012.

Her & Mariah were friends & worked on a song titled "When You Believe" for the Prince of Egypt movie in 1998.

Rumors Edit

Throughout the 90s, the media kept pitting them against each other.[1] The media stated there was a "fued" going on between them, which they both denied. In a 1990 interview with Countdown Whitney was asked what she taught about Mariah and she followed up with "I don't think of her"[2] In another interview with Arsenio Hall in 1990, she stated that she thinks Mariah sounded nothing like her or vice-versa,she also stated that she thinks Mariah is a good singer.[3] In an interview with Entertainment Tonight in 1990, Mariah stated that "I hope soon they won't compare me to other people and they'll just know me as a songwriter & singer"[4]

Friendship & Collaboration Edit

Whitney & Mariah recorded the song "When You Believe" for the Prince of Egypt Movie in 1998. The anticipation was high, artists like Madonna was shocked that this collaboration was occurring.[1] There were fears they would not agree to record, just because of the rumors of them having a feud. So, there was a plan. First to let Babyface agree to produce the song, as, Babyface, was very friendly to both of them, and to also trick them into agreeing. Whitney was told Mariah said she would record the song, and Mariah was told Whitney agreed without either of them actually agreeing. But unlike what many people thought would occur when they met, did not. In fact, they had an amazing time. They would go on performing on the Academy Awards together in 1999, hosted an MTV special together, and appeared alongside each other on Oprah. They became genuine friends, and grew to understand each other. In 2012, after the death of Whitney, Mariah spoke about Whitney's death at the BET Award saying "when I last saw Whitney, we were in London exactly one year ago, and for us it was business as usual. Laughter, commentary of the room, and jokes galore. And even then, folks were surprised seeing us next to each other clearly enjoying each other’s company, but we did, and we were. I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter. But we will always have the music. We will always have the music, we will always have that voice we all fell in love with. She inspired us all. We will always have my friend Ms. Whitney Houston.”[5][1]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Whitney & Mariah Friends - Cornell University Article
  2. [1]Whitney Interview with Countdown 1990
  3. Whitney Interview with Byron Allen 1990
  4. Mariah ET Interview - 1990
  5. Mariah BET Tribute 2012
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