- Associated Press - Sunday, February 12, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A collection of reactions to Whitney Houston’s death:

_ “First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all. Second, I would like to say, I love you Whitney. The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage.” _ Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, performing a show in Southaven, Miss., hours after her death.

_ “I am devastated by the loss of Whitney. We have lost a true angel. My prayers, my heart goes out to her family. We have lost an extraordinary voice to the world.” _ singer Lionel Richie.

_ “This is a sad day today, all I want to talk about is her music. She was the most beautiful woman I think I ever saw …. Thank you for giving us your talent, and one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard.” _ Elton John, from the stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, before dedicating the song “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” to Houston.

_ “Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.” _ Dolly Parton, who wrote the original version of “I Will Always Love you,” which Houston later sang for the film “The Bodyguard.”

_ “She had everything, beauty, a magnificent voice. How sad her gifts could not bring her the same happiness they brought us.” _ Barbra Streisand.

_ “She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.” _ Mariah Carey.

_ “As a spokesperson for the Academy, the industry, I guess I would sum it up by saying, there’s only one Whitney Houston. There will probably never ever be another. _ Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy

_ “I truly, truly adored Whitney Houston. Her album `I’m Your Baby Tonight’ was the very first album I ever bought.” _ Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child

_ “I can’t believe that Whitney is gone. My heart goes out to her family, to Clive (Davis), and to everyone who knew and loved this amazingly talented and beautiful artist. I will always love her.” _ Barry Manilow

__ “My friend Whitney sang better than anyone. She was magnificent. She gave us everything she had. May she rest in peace and may we let her memory rest in peace.” _ Liza Minnelli

_ “Without a doubt, her voice, for me, and for the world, was the gold standard. She had it all, she broke all barriers.” _ Tommy Mottola, former chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment

_ “Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I’ve ever heard and she will be truly missed.” _ Tony Bennett in a post on Twitter

_ “The morning of the Grammys, the world should pause and pray for the memory of a gifted songbird.” _ Rev. Al Sharpton, who called for a national prayer to honor Houston and support her family

_ “I’ve known Whitney since she was a little girl and I loved her. She was like family to me. I will miss her.” _ Smokey Robinson

_ “Whitney was the reason many of us do what we do.” _ Pink, in a Twitter post

_ “At the apex of her career, Whitney had no peer, with a voice that shaped a generation. She has left behind a musical and film legacy that will endure…. she will be sorely missed by us all.” _ Bishop T.D. Jakes, producer of Houston’s final film project, a remake of the movie “Sparkle.”

_ “I think her contribution was her excellence of all levels. She was outstandingly gorgeous, an excellent performer … Excellent vocalist. She was excellent on some many levels, and set the standard for what it is to be a great female artist.” _ India.Arie

_ “She blessed us with so much greatness in songs that we can never ever forget her.” _ Producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, who worked with Houston

_ “Her music inspired millions and the power of her voice was hard to match in its depth and crystalline beauty.” _ Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who knew Houston.