Whitney Houston honored at Billboard Music Awards

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Whitney Houston performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America' on September 1, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Whitney Houston performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America' on September 1, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Last night, during the Billboard Music Awards, Whitney Houston was honored with the prestigious Millennium Award for her achievements in music.

Woopi Goldberg was on hand to kick off the tribute to Houston, but first she reminisced on one of her favorite memories of the “One Moment in Time” singer. “The first time I met Whitney she saved my life, in London at the ‘Free Mandela’ concert, when her security guards grabbed me because I was in the way. I then heard a magnificent voice say, ‘Stop! That’s Whoopi, put her down — cause she will cut you,” she said laughing.

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John Legend then delivered a moving performance of “The Greatest Love of All” which was followed up by a heart-wrenching rendition of “I Will Always Love You” performed by Houston’s Sparkle co-star, Jordin Sparks.

Bobbi Kristina was clearly emotional during the performances, wiping away tears from her eyes, but upon taking the stage to accept the award on her mom’s behalf, she appeared poised and confident.

“I really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all,” the 19-year-old said, with the late singer’s manager and sister-in-law Patricia Houston by her side.

“Not just from when it was good but when it was bad, too. Thank you for showing that much love, because she deserved it,” Bobbi Kristina continued. “I’m just blessed to have been in such an incredible woman’s life. There will never be another one, ever.”

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