Whitney Houston Tribute to Feature Rare Footage of Diva's First Ever TV Appearance

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The R&B star's life and tragic death will be the subject of "We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston," a one-hour special featuring Usher, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and others.

Two months shy of the one-year anniversary of Whitney Houston's death, CBS will remember the late star with a one-hour special, We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston.

Performers announced for the Nov. 13 special include Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and Usher, all Grammy winners, while today comes news that Yolanda Adams and Cece Winans will also join the bill.

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The Grammy tribute will celebrate Houston’s life and career with exclusive interviews, never-before-seen footage, including highlights of nearly all of Houston's Grammy telecast performances, her classic performance of the national anthem at Super Bowl XXV in 1991, and her first-ever television appearance on The Merv Griffin Show in the early '80s. The special will also feature other artists sharing their memories of Houston and paying respect to one of the world’s biggest pop stars. 

Houston died on Feb. 11, the evening before the 2012 Grammy Awards at the Beverly Hilton. She won six Grammys during her career and performed on the Grammy stage eight times. Her last appearance on "music's biggest night" was in 2009 where she presented Hudson with her first Grammy for Best R&B Album.

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The show will tape on Oct. 11 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

Houston is also being remembered with a special exhibit in the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, an official photo tribute book, Whitney: Tribute to An Icon, due out Nov. 27, and an 18-track greatest hits album, I Will Always Love You — The Best Of Whitney Houston, scheduled for release on Nov. 13.

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