R&B superstar Alicia Keys gave a moving speech inducting Whitney Houston into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at a virtual ceremony airing on HBO and HBO Max on Saturday.
“Whitney Houston is one of one,” Keys began her speech, in which she spoke about having been a fan of Houston’s as a child, saying “There is no one like her, and there never will be.”
She also went on to recount her experiences of working alongside the singer in her 2009 song, “Million Dollar Bill,” on which Keys was a co-writer alongside producer/DJ Swizz Beatz.
“I cherish every moment that I got to talk to her, be in her beautiful company, and love her,” Keys continued. “I still can’t believe that was Whitney’s last album and that she’s no longer with us.”
The induction was received by Houston’s mother Cissy Houston and Pat Houston (Whitney’s manager and sister-in-law).
“I’m so very very proud that Whitney’s being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” Cissy said. “She wanted to be something, not anything. She worked hard at it too.”