The late Whitney Houston’s birthday has social media in a frenzy.

What started as a small tribute to the legendary singer quickly turned ugly after Monica Brown and Brandy Norwood posted separate posts honouring Houston.

Brown, 36, remembered Houston on social media with a touching post: “Happy Heavenly Birthday Nippy… You still inspire many and touch hearts daily… You will forever be the greatest… You will forever be missed,” she captioned a photo of Houston.

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Several hours later, Norwood, 38, posted her own tribute to Houston. “Lord have mercy on my soul! Happy Born Day Whitney. You live on in me… I can feel your Spirit inside of me and all around me,” Norwood wrote on Instagram.

The singer-songwriter posted a collage of her and Houston, a gesture that some social media users viewed as self-serving.

Interestingly enough, one person who came to Norwood’s defence was fellow celebrity Keke Palmer.

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The response from users on social media eventually reignited the feud between Norwood and Brown, as the former sounded off on the latter. “Monica needs to really check her evil ass fans,” Norwood retaliated in a now-altered post. “It’s so much stuff I can post about the hateful things they say to me… but I will never have time for that.”

“Always thinking something is about her. It’s not!!!!… Me and Whitney have nothing to do with anyone but the two of us… we made history and I cared more about being with her than I did about anything else,” she continued.

“Too real to be fake and because this is my idols birthday, I’m allowed to defend my position in her life and hers in mine. That’s what I have to hold on to.”