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Originally posted 02/18/2012 04:40PM
Whitney Houston's funeral brought the singer back to where it all began – the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., where she performed as a child in the choir.
On Saturday, those same walls were filled with music and stories of the star who touched so many lives in her 48 years.
With tears and laughter, BeBe Winans shared memories of sitting with Houston – in her closet – preparing for her first tour. "We weren't crowded," he joked of the space. "It was as big as this church."
Originally posted 02/13/2012 02:30PM
On a night intended to pay homage to the biggest names in music today, two of the Grammy Awards's biggest honorees were the megastars no longer in the room: Etta James and Whitney Houston.
After host LL Cool J opened Sunday's ceremony with a prayer for Houston, announcing "a death in our family," the audience rose in a standing ovation.
"When a truly great artist leaves us, their legacy lives on," Alicia Keys later told the stars gathered at Los Angeles's Staples Center, before joining Bonnie Raitt in a graceful cover of James's "A Sunday Kind of Love."
But the most moving tribute came from Jennifer Hudson, whose elegant but understated rendition of Houston's "I Will Always Love You" brought audience members to their feet once again.
Originally posted 01/19/2012 09:45AM
Celebrating the relaunch of his 40/40 club in New York City, new dad Jay-Z arrived around 11 p.m., taking ample time to greet friends and fans. Despite early rumors, Beyoncé, who gave birth to Blue Ivy Jan. 7, was a no-show. Also likely home with her child: Alicia Keys. Her husband Swizz Beats arrived solo to check out the overhauled space and was spotted chatting with Jay-Z in the security-blocked VIP section. B was there in spirit though. The deejay spun blocks of her music, as well as tunes by Michael and Janet Jackson and Britney Spears. CC Sabitha, Fabolous, Ashanti, Mob Wives star Renee Graziano and model Selita Ebanks were also all attendance. Jay-Z left close to 2 a.m. – but not before he had a fun moment with Warren Buffett.
– Carlos Greer
Originally posted 09/26/2011 12:00PM
The newlywed life is the good life for Carrie Underwood, who was told there would be rough patches.
"Everyone says the first month is the hardest, or the fourth month or the eighth month," the 28-year-old, who wed NHL player Mike Fisher last year, told PEOPLE. "We're just enjoying it."
The country songstress's career has been "go, go, go," she said, adding: "You never really get to stop and smell the roses and really enjoy just being a person."
Originally posted 07/23/2011 09:35AM
It seems that married life is agreeing with Alicia Keys.
"It's so fly," the singer tells PEOPLE. "There's something great about feeling at peace and ease with your partner and knowing you understand each other. I really enjoy that friendship."
Keys, 31, who will celebrate her one-year anniversary with producer husband Swizz Beatz on July 31, adds that being like-minded with her mate helps keep things harmonious.
Originally posted 07/11/2011 06:00AM
Originally posted 07/11/2011 06:00AM
Demi Moore and hubby Ashton Kutcher are still enjoying themselves in Idaho. Over the weekend, the happy couple – plus about 20 friends – drank beer and ate pizza at Hailey, Idaho, hotspot McClain's. Moore wore all black and Kutcher sported what an onlooker described as "trucker gear," and the couple hung out for a few hours with their pals.
Originally posted 06/30/2011 11:35AM
He may be too young to sing and produce music like mom and dad, but Alicia Keys says son Egypt Daoud, 8 months, definitely has their adult sense of humor.
"He loves to laugh," she tells PEOPLE. "[He laughs] at everything. I'll say a joke that's totally a grown person's joke and he'll laugh. I'm like, 'Ha! You get me.' "
Egypt isn't growing up too fast, however. Kid jokes tickle his funny bone just the same.
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