Whitney Houston’s legacy lives on.
On Wednesday, Ariana Grande, Chance the Rapper, Jordin Sparks and many more celebrities took to social media to send special messages to the late singer on what would have been her 54th birthday.
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“Happy birthday to the greatest to ever do it. ? I love youuu,” Grande wrote on Instagram alongside a black-and-white photo of Houston smiling wide.
“Whitney Houston, thank you. I’m blessed to have been exposed to your gift when I was young. I truly appreciate all you gave to this world,” Chance the Rapper tweeted.
Missy Elliott paid tribute to the “I Have Nothing” singer with a throwback video of Houston in the studio, while the rapper praised her incredible singing skills.
“There’s no one like her, there’s only one Whitney Houston,” a young Missy says in the clip.
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The iconic singer died on Feb. 11, 2012, after she was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Her cause of death was attributed to drowning and drug use.
Her voice and talent touched so many people’s lives across so many generations, including American Idol winner Jordin Sparks who tweeted, “I know you’re praising in the heavenly choir but I still miss you down here! Squeeze my family for me! Love you always, Mama Whitney. ♥️♥️♥️.”
Monica and Brandy — who worked with Houston on the 1997 TV movie Cinderella — also dedicated posts to the seven-time GRAMMY winner.
See more tributes below.
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