Celebdom is so unfair. We get used to entertainers — we crush on them, obsess over them, and follow their every move in tabloids (or in real life, if you’re stalkery). We actually invest in those actors, musicians, and singers! But Hollywood is fickle. Seemingly overnight, the world’s hottest stars can topple from their place on the top of the fame food chain, never to be seen or heard from again. And we’re left bereft, and confused, and wondering which curly-haired, pouty-mouthed blonde we can worship now that Ryan Phillippe can’t get hired anymore. Oh, was that just us?
The stars were out last night at the BET Awards to celebrate some of the biggest names in music. But there was not one person in the audience that didn’t get emotional during a 20-minute tribute to the late Whitney Houston, who died in February at age 48. Mariah Carey introduced Monica, who completely rocked a rendition of “I Love the Lord,” and then Brandy kicked off the party with “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Later Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, took the stage and we already felt the tears welling up in our eyes. We knew already to expect greatness from the soul and gospel singer as she began singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” She dedicated the song to her late daughter saying, “This is for you, Nip.” That’s when the tears really started to flow. A beautiful teary-eyed Beyoncé was caught on camera as well as Soulja Boy not afraid to show his emotional side. Kanye West was also shown to be deeply invested in the song.
Here’s a look at some of the tear-filled moments: