The GRAMMYS are a celebration of the best music from the past year. However this weekend, it will be impossible to look back without also remembering the life of Whitney Houston. Last year during the award show weekend, the singer passed away at the age of 48, just mere hours before she was scheduled to attend Clive Davis’ annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Jordin Sparks, who had grown close to the legend while filming the re-make of the 1976 movie “Sparkle,” said that on Thursday night, it finally hit her that a year had gone by.
“I was doing this event called ‘For The Love of R&B’ and it was an event that started last year, and it was one of the last places Whitney performed,” Sparks said. “I sang one of her songs… and that is when it hit me.”
The “American Idol” winner tackled Houston’s classic, “I Have Nothing,” for her first time.
“All of the sudden I just had these uncontrollable shakes,” Sparks said. “I realized how much I really miss her.”
Sparks credits Houston with her growth as both a musician and a person.
“Whitney really inspired me to be myself and to be okay with that,” she said. “I’ve always been OK with who I am, but to be able to just speak freely and be like, ‘You know what, this is me and that’s OK.’”
The singer said Houston’s energy is definitely reflected on the new music that she’s currently writing. Sparks revealed we could hear a first single from her forthcoming album as soon as the end of this month.