Brandy Norwood and Monica Brown have been reeling with emotions since the untimely death of their idol Whitney Houston. While promoting their new single, “It All Belongs To Me”, the ladies paid tribute to the “Queen of Pop” and also shared their memories and last moments with Whitney before her tragic death and what the icon meant to them personally.
Houston had just crashed the interview “The Boy Is Mine” singers had with E! the Thursday before the Grammys where Whitney was being overly affectionate and graciously giving them high marks on their work.
That’s exactly how Monica remembers the “I’m Your Baby Tonight” singer as a “jokester” and “hilarious”.
Monica continued with how she and Whitney had been friends since she was fourteen. She said they had a close bond because the “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” superstar could see herself in Monica.
“She told me, ‘I never met anybody that I saw myself in,'” Monica recounted. “And the fact that I was signed and discovered singing ‘The Greatest Love of All,’ you know…it’s just been a rough week, overall. But I recognize that she and I both, outside of music, had a lot in common. And our love for God and our belief in Christ was one of those things and it’s kept me strong and kept me fighting for what it is she loved, and that is family first, music and the rest is second.”
“It made it feel good when she was in the audience…just reminding us and helping us with sound and doing different things today,” Monica said. “Their expertise–hers or Mr. Davis’–it can’t be found anywhere else.”
“The other day she came in, and her, mine and Brand’s song, and she walks up to me and she goes, ‘You killin’ that run at the end.’ You know she kept sayin’ it, and she was like, ‘And you know I know you stole that from me, right?'”
“The Angel Of Mine” singer went on to say that the unparalleled star was at the top of her list when it came to showing unwavering support and giving profound advice about loving yourself.
On the other hand, Brandy was a bit more reserved with her bouts with the legend, obviously too painful to speak about.
“Yeah it was a surprise, it was great to see her,” said Brandy, referring to the moment E! News interview crashing. During that session, Houston was seen passing a note to Brandy.
“I’m going to just not say what it was and just keep it to myself for my own personal reasons,” an emotional Brandy said. “It’s just so unfortunate. Whitney meant everything to me–everything. She’s the reason that I sing. It’s crazy, so crazy.”
Though Brandy and Monica decided against performing at Clive’s now-controversial pre-Grammy gala, the two performed and dedicated their new single “It All Belongs To Me” on the Jay Leno show last night.
The women both were gorgeous in black outfits, Brandy with leather shorts, and Monica with a Whitney tee, giving a heartfelt performance where they engaged in a long embrace after Monica said “we love you Whitney” at the end of the song.
Earlier this week, just three days after Houston’s shocking death, the “I’m Every Woman” star was the subject of a musical tribute by Amber Riley on Glee—by complete coincidence. Wow! Amber did the Queen justice.
Whitney Elizabeth Houston, 48, invitation-only funeral will be televised and streamed online at noon on Saturday so fans may commemorate the iconic singer.