Beyonce has hailed Whitney Houston as the "ultimate woman" in a touching tribute detailing her first meeting with the singer, who died on Saturday (11Feb12).
Beyonce admits she has been left heartbroken by the tragedy, and has joined celebrities including Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Sir Elton John and music mogul Quincy Jones in remembering Whitney Houston.
The Crazy In Love singer recalled the first time she was introduced to her idol in a statement released to fans on Sunday (12Feb12).
She says, "The loss of Whitney Houston is painful. I remember meeting Whitney for the first time when I was 15. She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman. Not only was she confident, poised, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, but she was sincere and kind. She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her."
Beyonce insists the I Will Always Love You hitmaker is irreplaceable, and reveals she modeled her career after Whitney Houston's.
She adds, "I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control. So many of my life's memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song. She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us. God bless her."