MARIAH CAREY HONORS WHITNEY HOUSTON | BET AWARDS | 2012 | Below, you can watch and read the Mariah's speech, paying tribute to her friend and colleague Whitney Houston at the 2012 BET Awards. Mariah saying: "The first time I heard Whitney's voice, I was mesmerized like the rest of the world. Just an unknown budding singer myself, I was captivated by the power in her range, the richness of her tone, and her unique ability to wrap a lyric in emotion. When I first met Whitney, well we didn't really meet. We were backstage at the Grammy Awards, and we exchanged glances. I was in awe, a tiny bit scared! Because hello, I mean, there were a couple of rumors out there that we had some sort of 'rivalry!' One thing we all know is that Whitney was not to be toyed with, ok? But then we first worked together on Prince of Egypt, our Oscar-winning duet, and we got to spend a lot of time together as we promoted it, and we really got to know each other as people, not divas. OK, maybe, occasionally it did get a little diva-ish, but that was just for laughs! Just for laughs! She was a hilarious person with a cutting sense of humor. She was real, she kept it real, and that's why we got along so well, and so many others feel like I do. If you really knew Whitney, you couldn't help but love her. When I last saw whitney, we were in London, exactly one year ago. And for us, it was business as usual: Laughter, commentary o' the room, and jokes galore. Even then, folks were surprised to see us sitting right next to each other, clearly enjoying each other's company, but we did. And we were. I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter, but we'll always, we'll always have the music. We will always have the music! We'll always have that voice we all fell in love with. She inspired us all. We'll always have my friend, Miss Whitney Houston."