Jordin Sparks sings a song from 'Sparkle' to pay tribute to Whitney Houston

By Gina DiFalco,
Jordin Sparks arriving at 'The Hangover II' Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on May 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California. Philip Vaughan

Whitney Houston was slated to make her film comeback in Sparkle before her tragic death prevented that from happening.

Her would-be co-star, American Idol alum Jordin Sparks, paid tribute to Houston at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday afternoon in front of prominent women such as Oscar nominees Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, and Paula Patton, Pam Grier and Kerry Washington.

People reports that Sparks said of working with Houston,"The first day she got [to the set] she's scolding me, and I'm thinking this is the best day ever,” adding, “She went from being this unreachable supernova pop star to my costar, friend and someone who was like a mentor to me. It was a gift and an honor to play opposite Whitney Houston in the film."

Sparks then paid tribute to the “I Will Always Love You” singer by singing a song from the film called "Look into Your Heart.”

She told the crowd that Houston was as happy as ever on the set of Sparkle. "When you see Sparkle, you will be so happy to see the joy that is on her face," she said. "Everyday started with Whitney saying, 'How are my babies doing? Are you guys good? God is good.' It translates on the screen."

Us Magazine reports that Sparks also said of working with Houston, "I'm really glad I got to work with her," she said. "It was a gift that I got to know her."

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