Two years ago today the world lost a superstar when Whitney Houston died, and the LGBT community lost a veritable gay icon. Today, we pay tribute to the diva the best way we know how: With a roundup of drag queens performing some of her greatest hits. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?
I found some gems while gathering the clips, including RuPaul’s Drag Race diva Morgan McMichaels taking on Whitney’s mammoth hit “I Will Always Love you,” Moltyn Decadence’s slaying performance of “I’m Every Woman,” and a vintage local video of Philly’s Mimi Imfurst, Cherry Pop, Brenda Dharling and others doing “The Greatest Love Of All” at the now defunct Q-Lounge.
Philly drag queen Mimi Imfurst is on a role. Only three months after her Adele-inspired “Someone to Screw,” she’s back with big bows and even bigger hair in a spoof of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know.” “Who Will I Blow” stars a handful of Philly drag queens — like Navaya Shay and Satine Harlow — and local America’s Next Top Model contestant Cory Wade Hindorff.
Jezebel has photos of the stunning Whitney Houston wax figure that arrived at London’s Madam Tussauds today. The unveiling came complete with a concert by The London Gospel Factory Choir. We miss you, Whitney!
Few people can cover a Whitney Houston song without being laughed at, but Philly folk rocker Aiden James (he was a favorite featured in our music roundup recently) put his own spin on the classic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” You can catch James singing this one live during his Philly Birthday Bash Concert (Aug. 10) at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m.). Nice gams, by the way.
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