updated 07/02/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/02/2012 AT 8:45 AM ET
Nearly five months after Whitney Houston’s death in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the singer’s mother honored her Sunday with a rousing rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at the BET Awards across town at the Shrine Auditorium.
The tribute was the emotional highlight of the evening, and started with some heartfelt words from Mariah Carey.
“I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter, but we’ll always have the music,” Carey said. “We’ll always have that voice we all fell in love with. She inspired us all.”
Monica, Brandy and Whitney’s brother Gary then all sang for the crowd, followed by Cissy, whose performance of the Simon & Garfunkel song brought tears to the eyes of those assembled – a group that included Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.