Earlier this week, Dionne Warwick and her late cousin, Whitney Houston , joined the New Jersey Hall of Fame . According to NJ.com , the two singers were among 14 honorees inducted during a ceremony in Newark, which is where Whitney was born.
"I'm sure she would've been thrilled," Warwick said of Houston, who passed away in February 2012. "I'm excited to know that she's not forgotten."
Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston , accepted the honor on behalf of her daughter.
Other new inductees included the late salsa singer Celia Cruz , comedian Joe Piscopo , former Governor Tom Kean and President Grover Cleveland .
Among the other music stars who have welcomed into the New Jersey Hall of Fame since its 2008 inception are Bruce Springsteen and, separately, his E Street Band , as well as Frank Sinatra , Frankie Valli , Tony Bennett , Jon Bon Jovi , Queen Latifah and Count Basie .
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