With an intimate house party as the setting and Sparkle castmembers playing guests, the video is one-third film promo and two-thirds Whitney tribute, a proportion to be expected under the circumstances. But with a song as upbeat as the R. Kelly-penned “Celebrate,” there’s no time for tears, just pure jubilation. Nice T-shirt at the end, Jordin.
Future party guests, please note: a half-filled jar of jellybeans, a bag of store-bought popcorn, and a bunch of daisies (unless Gerbera) are not acceptable host(ess) gifts. If you ever wanna celebrate with me, take your cues from the woman who brought a bottle of wine and the fella who came carrying a box of cupcakes.
Sparkle opens in theaters on August 17.