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Whitney Houston's 'GMA' performance breathless

Singer Whitney Houston performs during a taping for

Singer Whitney Houston performs during a taping for "Good Morning America" in Central Park on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 in New York. The performance will air on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) Credit: AP Photo/Evan Agostini

Whitney Houston's taped appearance on "Good Morning America" - her first TV performance in seven years - left her almost breathless after the first number and straining her voice for most of the four-song segment.

Her high notes? She avoided them. But at least she had the class to forgo the lip-synching. (Houston blamed her vocal troubles on a long interview with Oprah Winfrey that was taped on Monday to air on Sept. 14.)

"I love you," she told the crowd of 4,000 as her band, which included a string section and numerous backing singers, started with "Million Dollar Bill" at Tuesday's show in Central Park. Much of the performance was broadcast Wednesday on "GMA" shortly after 8 a.m.

Toward the end of "My Love Is Your Love," she invited daughter Bobbi Kristina onto the stage. Bobbi looked like she didn't want to be there, but grabbed a microphone nonetheless and told the audience to clap their hands.

"I Look to You," the new album's title track, came next. Houston dedicated that one to her mom, Cissy, God above and the crowd in front of her. Houston's version of Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" closed the mini-concert with "GMA" hosts Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts singing and bouncing behind her. Next stop, "Oprah."

-Click here to see photos of Whitney Houston singing in NYC

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