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February 17th, 2012
07:40 PM ET

Only in America: PS 22 Chorus Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston

The Public School 22 Chorus from Staten Island burst into YouTube fame performing jaw-dropping renditions of popular songs that rivaled the original recordings by artists like Adele, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and many others.

On the eve of Whitney Houston's funeral, the PS22 school chorus honors the late singer on "Piers Morgan Tonight," exclusively debuting one of her most loved songs, "The Greatest Love of All."

The PS 22 Chorus have viral videos circling the internet amassing over 41 million collective views and performed on many national platforms, including the 83rd Academy Awards. Denise Bestman, an 11-year old alum gained mainstream fame during last Sunday’s GRAMMY commercial by singing Adele’s award-winning hit “Rolling in the Deep” and spoke to Piers Morgan earlier this week.

Only in America: A tribute to an all-American diva.

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  1. Judy Fulp

    Great job so far in the coverage of Whitney Houston's death and tonight the interview on Piers Morgan of BeBe Winan and the great tribute song by PS 22 fifth grade choir!

    February 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • CH

      A GREAT given gift was lost in the death of Whitney Houston. I cannot though understand the great love that church, family, friends, employees and entertainment industry claim to have had for her. This was a distressed woman in delusion about her own addiction, which all the above was aware of. What did they do??? Drink with her and monitor her bathroom minutes...Why did not one step in and take an extreme intervention....and not contribute to her uncontrolled behavior. Love and help those in need is a Bible principal. Not stand by and watch....What a tragedy...

      February 18, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Marie

        Missy Megan Sissy – Wow I got teary too. What amazing pothos of an amazing couple!! Hope the honeymoon never ends!

        March 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      CNN did a GREAT job of covering Whitney's funeral ! But.... What is wrong with Mr. Morgan? He gave a "PRINCESS" and "wimpy" hand shake to an ICON and a knuckle tap to another female ICON???????? Is Morgan a..... Racist, Gay or a Germ- a- phobe? Shame on you Morgan...NO CLASS!!!!!!!!

      February 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jang

      I had seen a couple pctiures of this but these are just too cute to handle!! Up is one of my boy and my "things" so any time I see up things it really tugs at my heart strings! Thanks for posting this. *Krystinq

      March 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Carlos

        Craig, how did you write this article? Whitney died in the early hours of last night. Did you write it this onrming and send it off to the editors. However, this is a very strong article. Well done for pointing out all the ways how Whitney may have died. Jack, Nettleham Junior School, YJA

        April 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. matthew

    Whitney sang in an anti-drug video in 1985. Check out "STOP THE MADNESS" on Youtube. Remember the Just Say No campaign by Nancy Reagan?

    February 18, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. jenny odhiambo

    Absolutely Great ....was very moved.....I think every child should hear this song from when they are young, and it is every adult's duty to make sure that kids know, that they are important and the world owes them.. once they appear on earth. As adults we neglect the children of the world daily, children should never have to under go hunger, pain , education, shelter, loss and heartache ...but if they do the adults should be able to let the children know that the next day will be better. Wake up world ..Let's do it right, together we can make a huge difference in the lives of children. R.I.P Whitney you did your part well.

    February 18, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. monica

    WONDERFUL singing by the children.... bought tears to my eyes as I listened.... What a great arrangement by the music director for turning the song from a single voice into a symphony of voices!!! Also, I think every child should learn that message that they have the greatest love of all inside of them!!!! I am 39 and remembered when this song was released at the time I loved the song but now I realize that this is a American classic that will be sung by many generations to come.....Although Whitney lost her way.... her voice and the messages she carried via her songs will always be remembered !!!! RIP Whitney.

    February 18, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anita

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      March 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Nicky

    Be at Peace Whitney, girl. Love you.

    February 18, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Debra

    Pierce – please stop referring to music ministry in church as a performance. Also, Baptist is a religious denomination – Whitney's funeral is not being done in baptist style – it is in a Baptist church and is a holy service. Get educated man.

    February 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. eli

    I couldn't do anything to help Whitney because I did not personally know her. It is hard to look at a church of 1500 people who are close friends and wonder why no one in that church could have helped her. She lost her life while the world watched. That is so sad.

    February 18, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Tracy Barker

    Piers,

    Thank you CNN for your Global coverage of the funeral of Whitney Houston. It was both tasetfully and wonderfully done. Thank you for understanding. I would like to mention there is a duet by CIssy Houston on Whitney's Second Album which is another one of her magical moments in recording and also in my opinion a profound song choice. It is also a excellent sample of the vocal control of Cissy Houston. It would be nice for viewer to see this.

    Keep up the good work Piers
    Tracy- Mississauga ON Canada

    February 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. luz alvira

    T U CNN FOR THE COVERAGE OF THE FUNERAL, AN EXCELLENT JOB THAT PIERS HAVE DONE, ALSO FOR THE CHILDREN AT PS 22, LOVE WHEN THE PREACHER SAID TO WHITNEY'S MOM, THANK YOU FOR DOING THE FUNERAL SERVICE IN THE CHURCH, FOR THE WHOLE WORLD HAS GONE TO CHURCH TODAY.

    LUZ- PUERTO RICO

    February 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Beth

    I watch Whitney's service but was upset that Clive Davis, Whitney's brother-in-law (body guard) and her sister-in-law (assistant) and her so called "family" the Wynons were allowed to speak at her service. Because if they "truely loverd her" over the years and here lately they were all in a position to help her and they did nothing to help her – I feel she would still be alive if they had care enough to step in and get her help – INSIST ON IT. Now their meal ticket is gone – they'll write books about their time with her and continue to make money off of her. If they were her true friends and family they would of helped her instead of enabling her. Rest in Peace Whitney

    February 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. loretta fox

    Just wanted to comment on the bobby brown situation. Maybe he had to many people with him and they didnt have a invitation. Maybe one spot for him but none for the rest.

    February 18, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jane

    Pies, I commend you for not wanting to talk about Whitney's past, only the good past and present. No need to delve into the downside at such a difficult time for the family, friends and fans. Thank you!!!!

    February 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Mabinty Rashid

    Whitney even in death you are powerful. Millions of people all over the world; believers and non believers attended Church today because of you. That is greatness. Yes you made some bad judgments in your life and that's ok because it shows you are only human and nobody is perfect. What has been done is done. Let's move forward and celebrate your life in good memory. You will forever be in our hearts and continue to live through your music. RIP

    February 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. LJ

    When the celebrities come together to say farewell to one of their own, like today with Whitney Houston, it always surprises me when they reveal their "theology." They talk about she is an angel and God would wait for her singing etc etc. I don't find it in my Bible that God loves a person who ruins her God-given talent, who ruins her life with Cocaine, Alcohol, Nicotine and other drugs. God is a just Judge and many celebs will find out that heaven is not the place where they end up. Those who turned during their life away from Christ and His teachings can not expect that He will open His arms for them. No, that's not what is written in the Bible, but then, those people don't read the Bible anyway.

    February 19, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Len Biser

    This extended and exaggerated indulgence in mourning Whitney Houston's death strikes me as absurd. I don't really know, but tell me, did she write/create the music and lyrics so many enjoy, or did she merely perform them, granted with a marvelous voice. Of the millions of people striving and contributing to our continual survival, it is ridiculous to so worship another entertainer who indulged themselves to death.

    February 19, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Average Modern American

    Piers Morgan is a shill for the 1%. I trust Greg Palast 119% more than a shill who's purpose in life make greedy capitalist look like harmless angels. Your greedy ignorance is going to be your downfall, cnn.

    The public is SICK of corporate propaganda.

    February 19, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. tonymo

    Hmm, there seems to be a "small tidbit" missing from this "news" report, by unbiased CNN. The headline follows:

    "CNN's Piers Morgan and Soledad O'Brien 'Obama Bump' Roberta Flack at Whitney Houston Funeral"

    The story: "After Houston's funeral, Morgan and O'Brien interviewed Jesse Jackson and Flack. Before breaking for a commercial, Jackson got up to shake Morgan and O'Brien's hands saying, "We're going to the cemetery."

    Flack then held out her fist saying, "Let's have an Obama bump here." Morgan and O'Brien obliged with the latter saying, "Absolutely."

    And these are the in the tgank hacks that continually criticize Fox! Miserable liberal hypocrites! No wonder no one watches this crap network anymore.

    February 19, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Yvonne

    Congratulations to CNN for broadcasting the celebratory service for Whitney Houston, and for the ongoing tributes to an amazing and blessed voice. I am delighted at the classy coverage by Piers, Soledad, and the CNN team of the entire event at this loss to the world, and the continuing honours and accolades being highlighted. This is important, and well deserved. A voice like Whitney's is a blessing from God, and a rare occurrence. Yes, we still have some great voices alive and well, but Whitney was unique in that she charted a course in history for female singers that will forever be remembered. I can understand her fears, – she carried a huge burden on her shoulders that few realized or understood. The downside of such a burden and the accompanying fears, especially in the entertainment industry, is the invasion of destructive forces fuelled by opportunistic greed. Like Eve, one bite of that apple and your life is forever changed. A fitting tribute to Whitney and the many wonderful talents who have been lost to this demonic ferris wheel is if the many high profile celebrities will together help promote "life is better without drugs" – lead by example, walk the talk, and together, we can help create a better world. Think of the many lives we can save! I challenge CNN, Piers, Soledad, Oprah, Simon C., Kevin C., and all your caring connections to join me and make a change. Together, one life at a time?

    February 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Jaime Donelle

    As a big fan of CNN, I think you have posted and covered Whitney HOuston enough. As a resident of NJ, it is becoming embarrassing. Yes – she was great in her time but that was a long time ago. She was given a gift by God and wasted it. She has been eulogized, prayed for and appreciated - notwithstanding her faults. She blew it. CNN move on. I'd rather watch the wrath of Newt Gingrich than another Whitney Houston memorial show.

    February 20, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Jaime Donelle

    BTW Pierce - I switched my channel to Fox and MSNBC – my remote will stay there until you stop glorifying a drug addict.

    February 20, 2012 at 2:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Arwan

      I LOVED this one too.and ESPECIALLY that car wash scene. it was just perfect! i've read all of sarah dsseen's (so far) and my fave 3 are this one, the truth about forever and this lullaby

      March 5, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Merry

        Rest in peace queen of hip hop! i love you but God loves you most!you affected my life pvoltiseiy, making it possible for me to know what true love is all about! every day, every night i still finds it difficult to belief you are gone not to return again! your life taught me how to lay hold on God in every issues of life, to love God the creator of heaven and earth, to always love people around me. above all u taught me to always help people around me who might have find themselves in one addiction or the other, to care and love them! to go extra miles for people, to be kind hearted!had it been we've done this to you, you will still be alive by now!oh Whitney, i really learnt alot from you!your life tot me to advocate for the erradication of drugs among youths in nigeria!i will always love you Whitney!!!

        May 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mislav

        The Birthday Tribute had a purpose and was rreeadgd by many, including the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the African National Congress, as raising worldwide consciousness of the imprisonment of ANC leader Mandela and others by the South African apartheid government and forcing the regime to release Nelson Mandela earlier than would otherwise have happened.

        May 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Astra

    Mr. Piers thank you for an excellent done job. The funeral was dignified. It had really tuched me.
    hitney was lucky to have such a familly.

    February 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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