Whitney Houston’s untimely passing shocked the world in February 2012 (via CNN). The talented and troubled singer’s funeral service had many of her A-list friends and peers gather with her family to share emotional anecdotes about their time with the legend. While Mariah Carey didn’t speak at the funeral, she did a tribute to Houston at the 2012 BET Awards (via Daily Mail UK). The “Hero” songstress spoke of her relationship with the late singer during her speech, saying, “The first time I heard Whitney’s voice, I was mesmerized like the rest of the world. Just an unknown budding singer myself, I was captivated by the power in her range, the richness of her tone, and her unique ability to wrap a lyric in emotion.”  

Carey mentioned the first time she “met” Houston, joking that they didn’t actually meet; they “exchanged glances,” adding that she was “a little nervous” because Houston was “not to be toyed with.” 

Carey added that they spent a lot of time together while promoting their song, “When You Believe,” and got to “know each other as people.”  Later, the mother-of-two spoke of the last time she saw Houston, which was in London a year prior to the funeral. “Even then, folks were surprised to see us sitting right next to each other, clearly enjoying each others’ company. But we did, and we were.” Carey ended her heartfelt speech, proclaiming that she misses her “friend,” but “we’ll always have the music.”

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