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U.S. networks line up Whitney Houston tributes

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, BET and VH1 are among the networks that have rushed to honor singer Whitney Houston (pictured) with quick turnaround programming, following her death on Saturday (February 11).
February 12, 2012

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, BET and VH1 are among the networks that have rushed to honor singer Whitney Houston (pictured) with quick turnaround programming, following her death on Saturday (February 11).

OWN is lining up Remembering Whitney: The Oprah Interview, a two-hour-long quick turnaround special, to air February 16 at 9 p.m. EST.

It features the singer’s last interview with Winfrey, which was filmed and broadcast in September 2009 for The Oprah Winfrey Show‘s 24th season premiere. In the interview, Houston discussed her marriage to fellow musician Bobby Brown, her struggles with drug abuse, and her retreat from the spotlight.

The special will also see Winfrey reflect on her personal memories of the late Grammy- and Emmy-winning superstar, while sharing “the magic of a musical icon who has gone too soon” with fans, according to the network.

Meanwhile, VH1 will premiere VH1 News Special – Whitney Houston: Death of a Diva tomorrow (Monday, February 13) at 9.30 p.m. EST.

Hosted by Janell Snowden, the quick turnaround effort will feature “the latest updates on events surrounding [Houston's] death, as well as reactions from attendees at her mentor music mogul Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy Awards party last night,” according to the network.

Follow this on February 16 at 11 p.m., VH1 will air VH1 News presents Whitney Houston’s Greatest Moments, a new special comprising performances from throughout Houston’s career, including appearances on VH1 Divas in 1999 and 2003, and VH1 Honors in 1996.

Elsewhere, BET Networks today (February 12) paid tribute to the singer with a day of programming that included a BET Tribute to Whitney Houston and repeats of past Houston programming; while NBC’s “Dateline” was devoted to the singer, with anchor Lester Holt reporting on Houston’s life and career, and the reaction to her death from those who knew her.

In addition, MTV’s music channels – MTV Hits and MTV Jams – “have been playing non-stop Whitney Houston music videos,” according to the broadcaster; while U.S. net Lifetime will tomorrow (February 13) air Houston’s most famous film, The Bodyguard, at 8 p.m. EST.

With two Emmy Awards, six Grammys, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards and more than 170 million albums sold, Houston is one of the most-awarded and best-selling female artists of all time. She died on February 11 aged 48, with a cause of death not yet established.

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