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The 2012 Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to influential musicians the industry has lost this year, most notably Whitney Houston, who received a posthumous Millennium Award given to her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.
At Sunday night's ceremony, former American Idol champion Jordin Sparks, who costars opposite Houston in the upcoming drama Sparkle, sang Houston's signature ballad "I Will Always Love You" before Bobbi Kristina, 19, took the stage to tearfully accept the award on behalf of her late mother, who died Feb. 11, on the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards.
I really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all," said Brown, who stood with Houston's manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston. "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."
The awards show also featured tributes to the recently deceased Donna Summer. British pop star Natasha Bedingfield sang the disco queen's 1978 hit "Last Dance" in tribute to Summer, who died of lung cancer last Thursday.
Cee Lo Green was on hand to honor the late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, aka MCA, who also died of cancer earlier this year at the young age of 47. Green covered the Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)."
"His voice and music of the Bee Gees will live on forever," said the show's cohost Julie Bowen.