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12 October 2012, 15:59
The 'I Wanna Go' singer says the audition that landed her a record deal was of a Whitney single.
Britney Spears was one of a number of stars to pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston at a special pre-recorded concert held in the singer's honour last night in Los Angeles, hosted by The Grammys.
The 'Criminal' singer joined the likes of Jennifer Hudson, CeCe Winans and Usher to speak or perform about the 'I'm Every Woman' singer, and described Whitney as meaning "everything" to hear when she was growing up.
"She meant everything to me. She was the voice of everything," Britney told ITN at the event on Thursday evening (11th October). "Ever since I was a little girl she's someone that I just worshipped the ground she walked on and I just idolised her from every which way, and I love her.
Britney went on to recall that Whitney was indirectly responsible for helping kickstart her own pop career, as she performed the singer's song 'I Have Nothing' to help her land a record deal.
View a picture of Britney Spears speaking at the event to honour Whitney Houston below (Credit: Getty):
The event was held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and saw performances from Jennifer Hudson of popular Whitney Houston songs including 'I'm Every Woman' and 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'.
Whitney Houston died back in February at the age of 48, one day before the Grammy Awards 2012, of accidental drowning complicated by heart disease and cocaine use.
Britney Spears is reportedly set to shoot the music video for her new single with will.i.am this weekend, believed to be called 'Scream & Shout'.