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Clive Davis on Whitney Houston biopic, H.E.R., Grammy gala and more

Music mogul Clive Davis chats with USA TODAY’s Patrick Ryan about hosting the second part of his Grammy gala this weekend.

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New Jersey’s Whitney Houston was a superstar.

Now, her life will be profiled on the new ABC series called “Superstar,” which debuts at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11. The show will stream on Hulu the next day, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The special will include archival interviews of Houston and Bobby Brown, and new interviews with Chaka Khan, Brandy, BeBe Winans and Darlene Love.

“So honored to share my fond memories of Nippy with all of you on this new series,” posted Love on Wednesday, July 21.

Houston, the Newark-born daughter of music star Cissy Houston and cousin of hitmaker Dionne Warwick, won six Grammys and sold more than 200 million albums, singles and videos in her career. Her hits included “I Will Always Love You,” “Saving All My Love For You,”  “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “How Will I Know” and “Greatest Love of All.”

Her life ended tragically when she was found dead in a hotel bathtub on Feb. 11, 2012, in Beverly Hills, California, on the eve of that year’s Grammy Awards. She was 48 and had struggled for years with cocaine, marijuana and pills. Heart disease and cocaine use were listed as contributing factors in her death.

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Her and Brown’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, died under similar circumstances in 2015 at the age of 26.

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In the works is an official Houston biopic, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” It’s a collaboration between the estate of Houston, headed by Houston’s sister-in-law Pat Houston, music executive Clive Davis and others. Stella Meghie of “The Photograph” is directing. It’s scheduled to be released around Thanksgiving 2022.

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Houston posthumously entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in November 2020.

“Superstar” is an off-shoot of ABC News’ “20/20.” Future episodes will feature Kobe Bryant and Robin Williams.

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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]

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