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Whitney Houston

About Whitney Houston

Known across the pop culture spectrum as the “Queen of Pop” and “The Voice”, Whitney Elizabeth Houston left an indelible impression upon pop culture. Born August 9th, 1963, Houston grew up singing as part of the gospel choir at her local church. Surrounded by entertainers (Aretha Franklin was an honourary aunt; she was cousins with Dionne Warwick; her godmother was Darlene Love), Houston released her début album Whitney Houston. The album featured singles including “Saving All My Love For You”, and “How Will I Know”. The latter produced a video that brought Houston to heavy rotation on MTV, which was uncommon for black women at the time. She took home one Grammy for “Saving” and earned four nominations; her performance at the Grammys of “Saving” later won her an Emmy award.

1987’s Whitney only furthered her initial succes. The album produced four more consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one singles, namely dance classic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”. The record pushed Houston into iconic status.

In 1991, at Super Bowl XXV, Houston delivered arguably the greatest ever performance of the Star Spangled Banner.

Houston pushed into the film industry in 1992 with her film The Bodyguard, which co-starred Kevin Costner. The film was a resounding success at the box office and its soundtrack – which featured signature song “I Will Always Love You” – sold 44 million units worldwide and brought Houston three Grammy awards, including Album of the Year.

In 1995, Houston starred in the film Waiting to Exhale with three other prominent black women, opening doors in the film industry for women of color. Accompanied by a successful soundtrack, Houston’s fame seemed to be at its peak. Other projects like The Preacher’s Wife and a revised version of Cinderella followed.

Houston released her successful fourth studio album My Love Is Your Love in 1998. Several more albums would follow, most notably I Look to You in 2009.

On the 11th of February in 2012, Houston was found dead unexpectedly, to the shock of the general public and music community. Her legacy remains, however, in her work and her fans.