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Whitney Houston and Kim Burrell perform I Look To You at Celebration Of Gospel 2011

Whitney Houston was a surprise guest on BET's annual "Celebration Of Gospel" event which aired Sunday. The "I Will Always Love You" singer joined her friend, Christian vocalist Kim Burrell on stage for a moving inspirational rendition of Houston's "I Look To You," the title track from her 2009 come back album. Burrell opened the song alone before Houston accompanied her on the stage. It was a risky move for Houston to sing a duet with one of the genre's strongest voices. Houston's live performances over the last year for Good Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and her "Nothing But Love" world tour were all criticized for her disappointing vocals. Her years of drug abuse had apparently ruined her voice beyond repair. But Houston wowed the "Celebration Of Gospel" audience with a remarkable performance. She connected with the song's R. Kelly-penned lyrics that pay homage to a trusted support system. But her voice sounded much stronger than it has recently. Houston didn't sing any bad notes during this set taped in December in Los Angeles. She nicely handled some signature rifts, even dipping into a crisp falsetto. She didn't sound as strong as she did in the '80s and '90s, but she was great, considering her pitfalls. Maybe this is a sign that she should record a gospel album next.

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