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Emotional Whitney Houston Tribute During the BET Awards

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Mariah Carey starting the Whitney Houston Tribute at the 2012 BET Awards

Brandy, Monica, Chaka Khan and Cissy and Gary Houston paid tribute to Whitney Houston.

After hours and hours of watching the BET Awards, the most buzzed about and heartfelt performance of the night was the Whitney Houston tribute. It wasn't said at first who would sing in honor of Whitney along with her mother Cissy Houston and it was a huge surprise when Mariah Carey was the first to come out and speak about her friend.

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Mariah Carey
"The first time I heard Whitney's voice, I was memorized like the rest of the world...," Mariah said. 

There wasn't a dry eye in the room as the tribute started.

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Standing in front of a large image of Whitney, Mariah remembered their times together and even talked about the old rumored rivalry between the divas and said Whitney was 'not to be toyed with.' 

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She mentioned their time working together on The Prince of Egypt, which is where the two started growing closer. 

"If you really knew Whitney, you couldn't help but love her." 

Mariah said the last time she saw Whitney was in London about a year ago.

She teared up as she said, "I miss my friend, I miss hearing her voice and laughter, but we'll always have the music, we'll all have that voice we all fell in love with."

Afterwards, Monica came out and sung "I Love the Lord." 

Brandy pepped up the crowd a little when she sung a couple of Whitney's older pop songs, "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Both her and Monica looked up to Whitney and admired her for years.

Whitney's brother, Gary Houston, sung an emotional "Where You Are" and in a very touching performance, his and Whitney's mother Cissy  sung "Bridge Over Troubled Water" which brought tears to a lot of eyes. She said "this is for you Nip," referencing to her daughters nickname "Nippy." 

We see exactly where Whitney got her amazing voice from, Cissy can blow!

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Cissy Houston
Whitney's Waiting to Exhale co-stars Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon spoke about their friend and Chaka Khan closed out the tribute singing "I'm Every Woman."

Lifetime has ordered 10 hour long episodes of The Houston Family Chronicles, a docuseries revolving around the lives of the late singer's family members.