A hologram of the late Whitney Houston is set to go on a United States tour with her family hopeful that it will give fans a "great opportunity" to celebrate her work.

Houston, who passed away in 2012, will follow in the footsteps of Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur, who have both been posthumously portrayed in hologram form for live performances.

Pat Houston, the late singer's sister-in-law and president of her estate, said in statement about the decision to do the tour, "It's a great opportunity for her fans to see a reinvention of one of the most celebrated female artists in history and to continue a legacy of performances that will not be forgotten in years to come."

The tour is being produced by Hologram USA and the concerts will also be streamed on a free online app, FilmOn.com.

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, CEO of Hologram USA Alki David, said, "I was heartbroken when Whitney passed away in 2012. The opportunity to share her spectacular gifts with the world again is exactly what I hoped for when I built the hologram business.

"I'm confident we'll create the ultimate celebration of Whitney's amazing artistry."

In 2012, a hologram of the late Tupac Shakur performed on stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California.

At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards a hologram of Michael Jackson performed his hit Slave To The Rhythm.