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Special guest Whitney Houston at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 32nd Annual Awards at The Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York City on June 14, 2001

Four years ago, a Whitney Houston hologram was supposed to debut on The Voice, and it didn’t. However, the same hologram surfaced during a virtual concert co-hosted by Scott Storch earlier this month, and it was a surprise to Houston’s own estate and fans.

Storch partnered with FilmOn to produce a variety show called Hologram Icons of American Music, which Houston’s hologram introduced. According to TMZ, the show also featured the late Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., and Michael Jackson, as well as living artists like Ray J and Chief Keef.

Houston’s hologram was scheduled to perform a duet of “I’m Every Woman” with Christina Aguilera during the 2016 finale of  The Voice. However, the idea was canceled because Houston’s estate said it “was not ready to air. ”

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 8: Musician Whitney Houston performs live for an NBC show December 8, 2002 at Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

Alki David, FilmOn’s founder retooled the image for the Hologram Icons show without seeking approval from Houston’s estate. TMZ reports that David felt that he didn’t need to get approval.

Now Whitney Houston’s estate is currently seeking legal options being that the Houston hologram was used without its permission. Last year, the icon’s estate announced its own plans for a Houston hologram that would perform the “I Will Always Love You” singer’s music on tour.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.

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