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The music video for Whitney Houston's “Celebrate,” featuring Sparkle co-star Jordin Sparks, was unveiled Wednesday evening. While Houston takes the lead in the single promoting the upcoming film, she is absent from the music video, which was shot after her untimely death in February. Houston is honored though throughout the clip.
— Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks) June 28, 2012
In “Celebrate,” Sparks hosts a party at her place with fellow cast members of Sparkle in attendance. Throughout the video, clips of Houston as the character, Sparkle's mother, are shown. While Houston was seen to be on a decline before her passing, her scenes in the music video show the late singer in her acting prime as she smiles in many of the clips then cries in another. Sparks's performance shots in the video are pristine and stunning as the former American Idol champion belts out the song. At the end of the video, Sparks wears a shirt with Houston's image. “Celebrate” is dedicated to Houston's memory.
While current party songs on radio right now are electronic, “Celebrate” delivers the same message in a classy R&B tone true to Whitney's music style. Houston and Sparks trade off verses in this uplifting number. The song was written and produced by R. Kelly. Billboard notes that this is the final track Houston recorded alive.
Sparkle marks Sparks's film debut as the main title character and Houston's fifth and final film role. The movie will hit U.S. theaters on August 17.
See Whitney Houston's “Celebrate” music video featuring Jordin Sparks