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BeBe Winans Claims Mariah Carey Allegedly Snubbed Whitney Houston When They 1st Met at the AMAs

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jan 19, 2020
12:40 A.M.
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BeBe Winans shook the internet after he divulged that Mariah Carey had snubbed his close friend, Whitney Houston when they first met.


BeBe Winans left no stones unturned when he made a recent appearance on Essence’s “Yes Girl!” podcast.

 BeBe Winans attends the "Tina - The Tina Turner Musical" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre | Photo: Getty Images

BeBe Winans attends the "Tina - The Tina Turner Musical" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre | Photo: Getty Images


According to Madame Noire, the gospel singer revealed some intimate details about the true relationship between musical powerhouses, Mariah Carey and the late Whitney Houston.

BeBe had spilled that Mariah had snubbed Whitney when they met for the first time in person at the American Music Awards.

In the 57-year-old’s words, he had encouraged Whitney, who was his close friend, to approach Mariah in good faith.


Unfortunately, that turned out to be bad advice as he recalled:

“She said, ‘BeBe, oh my gosh I stopped and I turned around and I put my hand out and I said ‘Hi Mariah, I’m Whitney.’ She said and Mariah turned her head like she didn’t hear nothing. And just turned her head. Whitney said ‘And the Jersey inside of me said grab her hair!’”

Many will recall that at the time the incident between vocalists occurred, there were already rumors that they had some beef.


However, as Cheat Sheet recounted, both parties, denied having any ill feelings toward each other.

Mariah had even gone as far as claiming that they didn’t even know each other well enough to allow that.

The duo would later go on to work on the 1998 single “When You Believe,” which turned out to be such a hit that it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1999.


A decade after that, BET reported that Mariah had opened up on the relationship she had with Whitney:

“We had the best time working together. It was female camaraderie. We both got it. We were like, ‘She doesn’t hate me, we’re actually having this great time together and laughing and this is more fun than I have working alone, ever.’ So, I think camaraderie with women that you respect is a huge deal.”


That Grape Juice recalled that the “Prince of Egypt” duet, had also made it to number fifteen spot in the US and the Top 5 of several European countries.

There was also the iconic moment when Mariah and Whitney performed the song at the 1999 Oscars.

BeBe Winans attends Tyler Perry Studios Grand Opening Gala - Arrivals at Tyler Perry Studios | Photo: Getty Images

BeBe Winans attends Tyler Perry Studios Grand Opening Gala - Arrivals at Tyler Perry Studios | Photo: Getty Images

Both powerhouses, who had rocked simple white gowns, had moved the audience with the moving rendition of their duet – and the help of the background gospel choir.

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