Following Jordin Sparks‘ tribute to Whitney Houston at the Billboard Music Awards last night, where the singer belted out “I Will Always Love You” on stage at the MGM Grand, the pair’s Sparkle duet “Celebrate” has premiered. This is the last song Houston is known to have recorded before her death in February at the age of 48. R. Kelly produced the pop track for the Sparkle remake, which hits theaters on August 17 and sees Whitney playing Jordin’s mother. Give the upbeat tune a listen below.
“Thought we’ve been going through changes, just tryin’ to make it from day to day, tonight don’t you worry about a thing, just cash your cares away,” Houston sings (with Jordin on some lines) in the disco-inflected “Celebrate”.
We can’t help feeling that it’s fitting Whitney’s final song should urge the world to take joy in life and, perhaps on a more symbolic level, celebrate the pop icon’s lasting legacy of music. Be sure to stick through to the end to hear Sparks utter “we love you, Whitney.”