Image of superstar Whitney Houston performing circa 1970
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A Star Is Born
The gifted singer debuted her first album in March 1985, self-titled Whitney Houston, and the record had a string of hits including, “You Give Good Love,” three consecutive #1 singles, the Grammy-winning “Saving All My Love For You,” “How Will I Know,” and “The Greatest Love of All.”
A Mothers Joy
Whitney Houston and Cissy Houston appear during a taping of an MTV show in 1989 in New York City.
Whitney Houston flashes her first Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance for “Saving All My Love for You” in 1985.
In 1992 Houston married singer Bobby Brown. The pair had their first and only child, Bobbi Kristina, the next year. They two were divorced in 2009.
Houston performed a beautiful rendition of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV in 1997.
A Mentor for Life
Clive Davis was first introduced to Whitney Houston at a New York nightclub where she was performing and signed her on the spot.
History in the Making
Houston made history as the first female artist to enter the Billboard album charts at #1.
Share the Love
Here, the gifted singer shares the stage with Mariah Carey, after winning a Grammy for their hit song, “When You Believe,” from the Disney movie, “The Prince Of Egypt” in 1998.
Hitting All the High Notes
At the 42nd annual Grammy Awards in February 2000, 15 months after the album release, Whitney received her sixth career Grammy, as “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” was voted Best Female R&B Vocal.
Will You Be My Baby?
In 1990, the title track to “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” topped the pop and R&B charts, as did “All the Man That I Need.” Her version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” in 1992 remained at the top of the Billboard chart for 14 weeks.
She's Every Woman
She also released a cover of Chaka Khan’s 1978 hit “I’m Every Woman” which climbed to number four on the Billboard charts as well as “I Have Nothing.”
The Guinness Book Of World Records lists Whitney as music’s “Most Awarded Female Artist of All Time,” as of 2006. She has many successful albums from, “Just Whitney,” “My Love is Your Love,” and “One Wish: the Holiday Album.”
Queen of All Things
Whitney Houston was also successful on the silver screen. In 1996, Houston starred with Denzel Washington and Courtney B. Vance in the comedy, “The Preacher’s Wife.” She also played the Fairy Godmother to Brandy’s Cinderella in a “Wonderful World of Disney” in 1997.
The Hit Maker
She appeared on the NBC television network special benefit concert “25 Years of #1 Hits: Arista Records’ Anniversary Celebration,” a tribute to the label as well as its founder and leader, Clive Davis.
A Team Player
Hip-hop personalities and producers such as Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Rodney Jerkins, Missy Elliott, and Faith Evans have collaborated with the vocalist on various tracks.
Whitney Houston performs with her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, during ABC’s “Good Morning America” on September 1, 2009 in New York City.
The legendary diva is welcomed with warm arms at her “Good Morning America” on September 1, 2009 show.
Dance With Me
Whitney Houston stopped by the popular show, “Dancing With the Stars” to perform her single “Million Dollar Bill,” off her comeback album, “I Look to You.”
Whitney Houston made a fabulous appearance at the 2009 BET Honors ceremony. Simply beautiful.
Whitney at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.
Making An Entrance
Singer Whitney Houston arrives at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
A Beautiful Daughter
Bobbi Kristina Brown arrives to the The love of R&B Grammy Party at Tru Hollywood on February 9, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
We Will Always Love You
Producer Clive Davis and singer Whitney Houston onstage at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
We Will Always Love You
Whitney Houston arrives to the The love of R&B Grammy Party at Tru Hollywood on February 9, 2012 in Hollywood, California.