Emmy Flashback: Whitney Houston '98
By ROBERT PACE
August 29, 2012
Whitney Houston will always be remembered for beloved music and her early death at age 48, but in addition to her celebrated music, she was also an occasion actress as well as executive producer.
At the 1998 Emmy Awards, Houston was nominated for the made-for-TV movie Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella as its co-executive producer. She also acted in the film, playing "Fairy Godmother" to "Cinderella," played by Brandi.
"I am a business-lady tonight," Houston says alongside then-husband Bobby Brown. "I'm so nervous...This is a big thing...My daughter's watching."
With her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, watching, Houston heard her name called as a nominee but didn't go home with the award, as the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special award went to the Tony Awards that year.
While Houston was able to put on a smile for the cameras and give a professional reaction to the loss, she and her husband seem disappointed by going home empty-handed.
"Everyone in the category was exceptional. Of course, I would've liked to have take it home to my little Cinderella, but it's cool," Houston says. "Congratulations, Tony Awards. Congratulations, really--not really."
Ultimately, returning home to her overstocked trophy case that included five Grammy awards at the time probably eased the sting of not receiving an Emmy that day.