Whitney Houston with mother Cissy Houston (file photo)
LOS ANGELES -- Whitney Houston's mother performed a rousing, emotional tribute to her late daughter at the BET Awards.
Beyonce, Melanie Fiona and others cried as Cissy Houston sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water" on Sunday night.
Mariah Carey opened the tribute with memories of her friend. She was followed by a moving number by Monica. Brandy, heavily influenced by Houston, sang two of the late singer's hits. Chaka Khan blazed the stage with "I'm Every Woman," which Houston remade. Gary Houston, Whitney's brother, also performed.
The nearly four-hour show also featured Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Jay-Z. The latter two won video of the year for "Otis"; they also won best group. Beyonce and Chris Brown were among the double winners.