Screen captures from MTV's 20th anniversary special at the weekend.
Whitney's Comments: In addition to MTV's profile for Whitney, they also spoke to her about a variety of music-related subjects and included clips of her interview throughout the one-hour program. She also softly sang one line of Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and Destiny's Child's "Survivor." Here are Whitney's various quotes from the show:
- "I do remember the hassle of introducing Black artists to MTV, because let's face it, it was solely for White artists at that point. But again, you have to be outstanding to break down the walls, and Michael [Jackson] and some others are outstanding."
- "Martha Wash was the singer on that record [C&C Music Factory's 'Gonna Make You Sweat'], and when we saw the video, we saw a very cute little dark-skinned child singing the song, which we knew it wasn't her. You made this hit song off this woman's voice. How come we can't see her? Shame, shame, shame. Shame on you."
- "Hip hop is a culture. It has crossed the colour boundaries like Rock & Roll."
- "MTV, Happy Birthday to you. Thank you for the years, and the love and support."
Bobby Brown also was interviewed for the show and said, "Who sings a pop song better than my wife?" MTV also noted how New Kids On The Block was "strangely similar" to New Edition, covering how producer Maurice Starr specifically replicated the group with White singers to make more money. New Kids On The Block skyrocketed as a result. "MTV had finally had a group that were singing Black, sounded Black, and it was a carbon copy of New Edition," Bobby said. Chilli of TLC added, "It was like, hello?! No, they're doing the same thing that New Edition did, and they're getting all the success, and all the fame, and all the glory from it, and it's so unfair."
Whitney Houston is reported to be the special guest for the Italian TV show, Donna Sotto le Stelle as part of the most influential TV Fashion Show in Italy. She will be the 'Super Top Model' for Roberto Cavalli and will be wearing what has been described as a 'surprise dress' designed by the Italian Stylist.
The show will be broadcast from Rome's Piazza di Spagna on 18 July will air on Channel 5 on the Italian TV network.
Other stylists of the evening will be Armani, Valentino, D&G, Versace and Ferrč to name but a few.
Other featured guests of the evening will be Geri Halliwell who will perform. Whitney is not scheduled to sing at the event.
NEWSFILE: 7 JULY 2001
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