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There’s something so glamorous about a night out at the theatre, whether you’re going to see a serious production of a well-loved classic or a witty show at your local theatre.

We must admit that seeing a musical at the theatre is one of life’s simple pleasures, so it's time to pop on your dancing shoes and break out those 80s dance moves as Whitney- Queen of the Night is coming to Irish theatres.

The electrifying show will make its way to The Waterfront Hall, Belfast on January 16 and will then head to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on January 17, 2019.

Whitney Houston’s music lives on in this captivating theatre show consistently receiving standing ovations and rave reviews.

Whitney – Queen of the Night is a stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award-winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artists, with a powerhouse and breathtaking performance from rising West End star Shanice Smith as Whitney.

Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s, Shanice, winner of Brit Idol and a graduate of the world famous Brit School (where the likes of Adele and Leona Lewis cut their teeth), has triumphed in the role and has astounded audiences wherever she plays.
 

Beautifully remembering the most highly awarded female artiste in the world ever, the music of Whitney Houston has touched most of us at some time in our lives. With hits that include, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, I Will Always Love You, and many more.

Share her life and get ready for the greatest love of all in Queen of the Night!

Tickets from €29 including booking fee go on sale this Friday, June 22.

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Attempting to do justice to one of the world's greatest performers is no mean feat – something which X Factor hopefuls should keep in mind – so hats off to Ariana Grande who pulled it off with aplomb during a performance on ABC's show Greatest Hits this week.

Paying tribute to Whitney Houston, who died suddenly in 2012, the Bang Bang singer performed a mash-up of How Will I Know and Queen of the Night, and she absolutely slayed.

Taking to social media to mark the performance, Ariana wrote: "Thank you so much @greatesthitsabc. Honored & grateful to have been a part. #howwilliknow #queenofthenight"

 

thank you so much @greatesthitsabc honored & grateful to have been a part. #howwilliknow #queenofthenight

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And in a total break from the norm when it comes to covers of pop classics, YouTubers were all for an album of Ariana doing Whitney.

"Paying tribute to a legend is quite a hard work and she did it so good," wrote one while another added: "Can we just have a whole album of just Ariana doing covers bc this, this, is heavenly."

Credit where credit's due, this is glorious.

 

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Just over a year after being discovered unresponsive at her Atlanta home, the cause of Bobbi Kristina Brown's death has been revealed.

The 22-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston died from a combination of drug intoxication and drowning, a statement from the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed this morning.

Bobbi was discovered face down in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhouse on January 31, 2015. She remained on life support in hospital until June of last year, before being moved to hospice care where she passed away on July 26th.

A full autopsy report will soon be released, after a judge yesterday granted a media request for the results to be unsealed.

According to the statement released today, Bobbi had marijuana and alcohol in her system at the time of the incident, along with medications used for sedation or to treat anxiety.

TMZ report that the drugs in her system included "a cocaine-related substance called benzoylecgonine, benzodiazepines (prescription anti-anxiety meds) and morphine.

Bobbi's boyfriend Nick Gordon was last year served with a civil lawsuit by the Brown/Houston family in relation to his treatment of Bobbi before her death.

Mr Gordon, who recently completed a stint in rehab, was accused of punching his girlfriend in the face, knocking out a front tooth and dragging her upstairs by her hair.

It is also alleged that he "routinely" transferred funds "into an account controlled solely by him" without having her consent or authorisation.

Speaking to the media four months after her death, Bobbi's aunt Pat Houston said her family had known that Bobbi was in trouble with drugs and alcohol, and were hoping to send her to rehab before the January 2015 incident.

"When we really found out that Krissy [Bobbi Kristina] was in trouble, we were really making plans to do something about it… but it came too late," she said in an Entertainment Tonight interview recorded last November.

Many fans noted that Bobbi's death bore a sad resemblance to that of her mother Whitney.

The music icon was discovered submerged in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hilton in February 2012, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Time was that a red carpet event was an everyday occurrence on the busy Irish social scene.

After all, who can forget the likes of the VIP Style and the TV Now awards being the hottest tickets in town?

Charlize Theron would pop along to the Meteors, while the Iftas also boasted oodles of Hollywood attendees.

Duchess Kate and her Mammy Middleton would swing by for a weekend break in our capital (circa spring 2007), making sure to stop by a fancy-pants, red-carpeted gallery launch while they were in town.

Then there was the Eurovision, an iron-clad stable of the mid-Nineties. Even the MTV Europe Music Awards came to Dublin back in 1999 (where Christina, Mariah, Britney and Whitney – *swoon* – ALL made an appearance).

Of course, red carpet events still take place: but we dare say that there’s not quite as much glitz nor as much glam these days. Yes, the dresses are more muted; the hair decidedly less full.

Thankfully, however, you may yet have reason to dust off your Gina sandals.

Yes, the inaugural black-tie Gossies are taking place this Sunday in Dublin and suffice to say that the guestlist (Vogue Williams, Rosanna Davison, Nicola Hughes and Roz Purcell) is as impressive as anything 2006 could have offered us. Hurrah!

Here, in honour of the glamorous Gossies (where a total of 18 awards will be up for grabs), we examine the five key red carpet styles we can expect to see on the night…

 

1) Dressed to the nines

A big night out means only one thing: a really big dress. Take inspiration from Lisa Cannon in Vera Wang:

 

2) Keeping it casual

The ‘oh this old thing’ vibe. Look to Mariah Carey – dressed down in a black vest and ripped denim jeans – for ideas:

 

3) Look at me

The UTV Ireland cameras will be there at the Gossies, so expect a few head-turners, just like Michelle Keegan:

 

4) Dividing opinion

They’ll love it or they’ll hate it. Check out Lorraine Keane in a Deborah Veale gown to perfect your look:

 

5) Classic is best

Why try and reinvent the wheel – keep it simple like Kathryn Thomas:

 

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Following the tragic death of his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, musician Bobby Brown has spoken publicly for the first time.

"Krissy was and is an angel. I am completely numb at this time," the singer, 46, said in a statement today. "My family must find a way to live with her in spirit and honor her memory.

"Our loss is unimaginable." 

He added: "We thank everyone for the prayers for Krissy and our family as we mourn my baby girl." 

Bobbi Kristina was aged just 22 when she died a hospice facility in Atlanta yesterday. 

On January 31, she was found unresponsive face-down in a bath-tub at the townhouse she once shared with her late mother, Whitney Houston. Police believe she was underwater for anywhere between two and five minutes.

Her father's words come as TMZ reports that the investigation into the circumstances that led to the young woman's death has just been made one of murder.  

Law enforcement sources told the website that police believe foul play was involved. Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, continues to be a person of interest.

Ms Brown was surrounded by her family at the time of her death. 

"Yesterday Bobbi Kristina Brown took her place in heaven," lawyers for Mr Brown also said in a statement today. "Krissy fought to get well for months, however she has [succumbed] to her injuries." 

Following his daughter's death, PEOPLE reported via a family source that Bobby contacted loved ones to share the news himself. 

"He is holding it together more than you'd expect," the source furthermore explained. "He knew it was coming.

"Of course he's very emotional, but at the same time, he knows that Krissy is in a better place now. 

"He is taking comfort in the fact that she's with her mother and that there will be no more sadness or pain. She is at peace. He knows that and is taking comfort in that." 

The Houston-Brown family had confirmed the death yesterday via a statement.

"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July 26, 2015, surrounded by her family," it read.

"She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months." 

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A statement from the Brown family last night revealed the tragic news the world had been waiting for, but their pain is not over yet.

Bobbi Kristina's untimely death at just 22 years old came after six months of hospital treatment, following the discovery of her unresponsive body in a bathtub at her home in Georgia on January 31 of this year. The Brown family's statement said that their beloved daughter and niece was now "at peace in the arms of God," but what remains is a difficult wait for the autopsy results, which may finally clear up what happened that tragic night.

A representative for the Fulham County Medical Examiner's Office said that the autopsy will not be straightforward one, as Bobbi's six months of hospital treatment may "complicate" the investigation. 

"Interpretation of autopsy findings and other information will also be challenging," the rep told Associated Press. "However, an autopsy could be helpful to address questions which may arise about the cause of her unresponsiveness and eventual death."

Bobbi was moved to hospice care over a month ago and it's believed her life support machine was turned off around that time too. A source close to the family said that the 22-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston had been reduced to "skin and bones" prior to being moved to hospice care.

Police previously confirmed that the circumstances surrounding Bobbi's death are being treated as a criminal investigation, due to a number of unexplained markings discovered on her body when she was found. Earlier this month, her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, was served with a €9m civil law suit in relation to Bobbi Kristina.

Mr Gordon, who recently completed a stint in rehab, is accused of punching his girlfriend in the face, knocking out a front tooth and dragging her upstairs by her hair. It is also alleged that he "routinely" transferred funds "into an account controlled solely by him" without having her consent or authorisation.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown has died aged 22 at a hospice facility in Atlanta. 

The daughter of musicians Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston was surrounded by her family at the time of her death. "She is finally at peace in the arms of God," they said afterwards. 

On January 31, Ms Brown was found unresponsive face-down in a bath-tub at the Atlanta townhouse she once shared with her mother. Police believe she was underwater for anywhere between two and five minutes.

Paramedics were able to resuscitate her at the time, and she was placed in a medically induced coma and on life support. 

Although there were numerous conflicting reports and updates relating to her condition, it is believed that she never regained consciousness following the incident. 

She was initially treated in hospital, but when her condition deteriorated further, she was moved to a hospice to die on June 24.

"Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition has continued to deteriorate," read a family statement late last month. "As of today, she has been moved into hospice care."

Her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, was earlier this month served with a €9m civil law suit in relation to Bobbi Kristina's accident.

Mr Gordon, who recently completed a stint in rehab, is accused of punching his girlfriend in the face, knocking out a front tooth and dragging her upstairs by her hair.

It is also alleged that he "routinely" transferred funds "into an account controlled solely by him" without having her consent or authorisation.

He faces no criminal charges yet, though police have said that they continue to investigate the circumstances of her hospitalisation. That investigation could now become one of murder.

At the time of Whitney's death, Bobbi Kristina, then 18, was so distraught that she needed to be hospitalised. "She wasn't only a mother, she was a best friend,' she told Oprah in the same year.

"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family," a short Houston-Brown statement read this morning.

"She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months." 

It is hard to say goodbye. On Sunday, July 26, Bobbi Kristina Brown made her transition peacefully. The family thanks…

Posted by Whitney Houston on Sunday, 26 July 2015

 

One family source had recently told PEOPLE that Bobbi Kristina was "skin and bones" just prior to moving to hospice. 

"She has been losing weight, she's been losing hair. They were taking good care of her, but she has no muscle tone at all.

"There has been some worry that her organs are shutting down," the source said.

Bobbi Kristina, whose parents divorced when she was 14, was the sole benefactor of Whitney's estate when the superstar singer died at the age of 48 in February 2012. Ms Houston was also found face-down in a bathtub – at a Beverly Hills hotel. 

Cocaine and a heart condition were later ruled to have contributed to her early death, which was deemed to be an accident.

Although Whitney is one of the best-selling artists of all time, her wealth was significantly reduced by financial trouble in the latter years of her life. Indeed, it is believed that Ms Brown inherited a relatively modest sum of €18.5m.

However, since her death the singer's back catalogue has proved extremely popular, and her estate rakes in millions annually through royalties. 

Nevertheless, Bobbi Kristina, who had struggled with her own substance abuse issues, has never been in receipt of a lump sum of cash: Ms Houston decreed that her daughter should be given ten percent of her fortune at age 21, a 30 percent at 25 and then the remainder at age 30.

Less than a week before she was found unconscious, Ms Brown had taken to Twitter to express how much she missed her mother in the run-up to the three-year anniversary of the singer's death.

"Miss you mommy," she wrote, also using the hashtag #anniversary. "Loving you more every sec."

Meanwhile, well-known names from the world of entertainment have been quick to express their sorrow this morning: Oprah Winfrey, Kylie Jenner, Dr Phil McGraw, and Missy Elliot are among those offering their condolences. 

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As Bobbi Brown spends what are likely to be her final days in hospice care, her aunt Pat Houston has begun the painful steps of preparing for her death.

Pat, who was sister-in-law to Bobbi's late mother Whitney Houston, was seen at Bobbi's townhouse in Roswell, Georgia recently, with sources saying she was there to clear out all of the 22-year-old's possessions. 

"She kept all the pictures and Whitney’s platinum and gold album plaques,” a source told Us Weekly. “But she threw everything else out….Everything is at Pat’s house now."

Bobbi was found face-down and unresponsive in the bathtub at her Roswell home on January 31st of this year, and has been in a coma ever since. Four weeks ago her family confirmed that she was being moved to hospice care as her condition "continued to deteriorate." 

At the time it was also reported that Bobbi had been taken off life support and all medications helping to keep her alive. " We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God’s hands now," the Houston family said in their statement to AP.

Pat has been at Bobbi's bedside almost every day since she was first rushed to hospital, and currently shares legal guardianship with her niece's father, Bobby Brown. 

It still remains unclear what occurred on the evening of January 31st, but it's thought Bobbi's family believe her boyfriend Nick Gordon was involved in the incident.

Last week Nick was served with court papers which accuse him of dragging his girlfriend upstairs by her hair, withdrawing money from her bank account, and knocking out her teeth just hours before her body was found.

The tragic incident comes just three years after Bobbi's mother Whitney was discovered submerged in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hilton in February 2012.

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Bobbi Kristina’s family have been banned from visiting her following reports that photos of her in a coma were taken and attempted to be sold by a member of her family.

According to reports, security guards at the hospice where Bobbi Kristina is being treated have concrete evidence that it was a member of Bobby Brown’s family that took the photos.

Sources close to the situation told TMZ that the hospice informed the family of Whitney Houston that there was incriminating evidence against the Brown family.

This, however, does not include Bobby Brown himself. Bobbi Kristina’s father has announced that he is committed to finding the person responsible for taking the photograph.

The pictures of Bobbi Kristina in a coma have been offered to a number of high profile media outlets. TMZ confirmed that they were offered the photos as did ET who revealed that the photos have an asking price of approximately €90,000.

Bobbi’s partner Nick Gordon is yet to visit her since she went into a coma in January. Reports have suggested that he has also been banned from visiting his girlfriend as Bobbi’s family claim that he was abusive towards her. 

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Last week, it was announced that Bobbi Kristina Brown would be moved from hospital into hospice care as her health has sadly continued to worsen. 

It has been reported that the 22-year-old is now off life support and is no longer being administered medication to help keep her alive.

However, it has now emerged that someone has taken a recent picture of the young woman, who is believed to be dying, and is currently trying to sell it to major US-based websites. 

TMZ has now revealed that it was approached with the image, but that they declined to purchase it.

The website said: "The photo was shopped to us… we passed. The pic is being shopped to a multitude of magazines and websites, and we're told there's interest."

The photo in question was taken earlier this week at the hospice facility near Atlanta where the daughter of Whitney Houston is staying. In the picture there is a woman, believed to be a family member, leaning over Bobbi Kristina.

TMZ reported that the person who took this photo is an "extended family member".

Bobbi Kristina has not regained consciousness since she was discovered face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub at her home in Atlanta, Georgia, at the end of January.

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Sinead O'Connor has always been an activist – and she's currently very publicly supporting Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.

Following an incident in late January at her home, the same townhouse she once shared with her late mother, 22-year-old Ms Brown is currently being cared for at a hospice facility in Atlanta.

She subsequent brain damage is believed to be extensive, and she has not been conscious in months.

In recent days, Bray-resident Sinead has changed her profile picture on Facebook to one of Bobbi Kristina. Her cover photo also shows the young woman with Whitney.

The 48-year-old, still best-known for Nothing Compares To You, has furthermore been dedicating songs to Ms Brown, who is believed to be dying.

Her first message of support was seemingly posted last Thursday, a day after Bobbi Kristina was moved to hospice care. And yesterday, Sinead posted Born Again and Somebody – both sung by R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders.

Sinead's fans have also been acknowledging the support she's offering.

"Whoa, what great gospel, you find the best stuff," wrote one. "I can imagine you jumping in and singing along with them… would have been pure joy. Terribly, awfully hurtful and sad situation for Bobbi Kristina, when she crosses over to the other side, her mom will be there for her again."

Another said: "Shame no one could save her, sadly this does make us all realise how sad life can be, maybe it's time to all join hands and pray for her sweet little soul." 
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Just yesterday it was reported that Bobbi Kristina Brown had been moved to hospice care after being taken off life support machines.

Her aunt Pat Houston made a statement which said; "As of today, she has been moved into hospice care. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God’s hands now.”

This was the first official statement made by the family about Bobbi’s condition despite countless rumours circulating about the young woman’s condition.

Since she was found face down in a bath tub at her home in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of January, there has been much discussion as to her boyfriend Nick Gordon’s involvement in her accident.

Reports are now saying that on Wednesday, conservator’s of Bobbi’s estate filed a lawsuit against Nick. According to the conservator Nick secretly stole from Bobbi’s inheritance and had physically abused her.

The accusations claim that Nick transferred funds regularly from Bobbi’s account to his own. Including a transfer of almost €10,000 after she had fallen into a coma.

The lawsuit was filed by Bedelia Hargrove who was appointed conservator of Bobbi Kristina’s financial affairs by the court. There are claims saying that Bobbi had intended to go to police to report Nick’s abuse, but she never made it to the appointment.

Instead she was found face down in her bath tub with a swollen mouth and a missing tooth. This is apparently not the first time Bobbi suffered abuse at the hands of Nick, she had previously been punched in the face and dragged around by her hair.

It is alleged that on the day of Bobbi’s accident she and Nick had gotten into a loud argument.

While the lawsuit doesn’t necessarily blame Nick for the injuries which placed Bobbi in a coma, according to TMZ the documents strongly hint at it, and police have previously been investigating Nick prior to this lawsuit being filed.

Nick was raised by Bobbi’s mother, Whitney Houston as an informal son, and following the singer’s death he and Bobbi referred to each other as husband and wife. The pair however never legally married.

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