Road to the BET Awards: Cissy Houston

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  • Cissy Houston BET Awards 2012
  • Cissy Houston BET Awards 2012
  • Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston BET Awards 2012
  • Cissy Houston BET Awards 2012
  • Cissy Houston BET Awards 2012
  • Cissy Houston BET Awards 2012
  • Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston BET Awards 2012
  • Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston BET Awards 2012
  • Cissy Houston BET Awards 2012
  • Cissy Houston BET Awards 2012

Sweet Inspirations: 1963

As her talent carried her beyond the gospel circuit, Houston formed a more modern singing group called Sweet Temptations with Doris Troy and her niece Dee Dee Warwick. The group performed with some of the biggest acts of the 1960s and '70s, including Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley. 

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