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Billboard Awards: Jordin Sparks brings down the house!

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards selected Whitney Houston as this year’s Millennium Artist. The singer, who died last February, was honored by her peers with a stirring tribute that brought the crowd to their feet.

Jordin Sparks

Sunday night, Jordin Sparks made her movie mama proud. The singer, who plays Whitney Houston‘s daughter in this summer’s Sparkle, paid tribute to the icon at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.

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Sparks, John Legend and Whoopi Goldberg were all on hand to celebrate Houston’s life and career. Houston’s real-life daughter Bobbi Kristina, and sister-in-law Pat were both in attendance.

Legend took to the piano to perform Houston’s 1986 single, “The Greatest Love of All,” which was followed by Sparks’ moving rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” Her version easily rivals that of Jennifer Hudson and Glee‘s Amber Riley.

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Sparks performance brought the crowd to their feet and Bobbi Kristina to tears. After accepting the Millennium Award on her mother’s behalf, she expressed how important the fans have been throughout this difficult time.

”I really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all. Not just from when it was good but when it was bad, too. Thank you for showing that much love, because she deserved it… I’m just blessed to have been in such an incredible woman’s life. There will never be another one, ever.”

Watch Billboard’s tribute to Whitney Houston:

As for the rest of the show, Adele cleaned house. The soulful Brit scored 12 wins including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Alternative Song.

Check out the full list of winners below:

  • Top ArtistAdele
  • Top New Artist — Wiz Khalifa
  • Top Male Artist— Lil Wayne
  • Top Female Artist — Adele
  • Top Duo/GroupLMFAO
  • Top Billboard 200 ArtistAdele
  • Top Hot 100 ArtistAdele
  • Top Digital Songs ArtistAdele
  • Top Radio Songs ArtistAdele
  • Top Touring ArtistU2
  • Top Social ArtistJustin Bieber
  • Top Streaming ArtistRihanna
  • Top Digital Media ArtistAdele
  • Top Pop ArtistAdele
  • Top R&B ArtistChris Brown
  • Top Rap ArtistLil Wayne
  • Top Country ArtistLady Antebellum
  • Top Rock ArtistColdplay
  • Top Alternative ArtistColdplay
  • Top Latin ArtistShakira
  • Top Dance ArtistLady Gaga
  • Top Christian ArtistCasting Crowns
  • Top Billboard 200 AlbumAdele, 21
  • Top Pop AlbumAdele, 21
  • Top R&B AlbumBeyoncé, 4
  • Top Rap AlbumLil Wayne, Tha Carter IV
  • Top Country AlbumJason Aldean, My Kinda Party
  • Top Rock AlbumColdplay, Mylo Xyloto
  • Top Alternative AlbumColdplay, Mylo Xyloto
  • Top Latin AlbumRomeo Santos, Formula: Vol. 1
  • Top Dance AlbumLady Gaga, Born This Way
  • Top Christian AlbumCasting Crowns, Come To The Well
  • Top Hot 100 SongLMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”
  • Top Digital SongLMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”
  • Top Radio SongPitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer “Give Me Everything”
  • Top Streaming Song (Audio)Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
  • Top Streaming Song (Video)Nicki Minaj “Super Bass”
  • Top Pop SongLMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”
  • Top R&B SongKelly Rowland Feat. Lil Wayne “Motivation”
  • Top Rap SongLMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”
  • Top Country SongJason Aldean “Dirt Road Anthem”
  • Top Rock SongFoster The People “Pumped Up Kicks”
  • Top Alternative SongAdele “Rolling In The Deep”
  • Top Latin SongDon Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro”
  • Top Dance SongLMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”
  • Top Christian SongLaura Story “Blessings”

What did you think of the Whitney tribute?

Photo credit: Judy Eddy/WENN

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