Whitney Houston

Singer, songwriter, actress, arranger, film producer, model Whitney Houston

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all-time. Houston was also one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. She released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification.
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What’s on Saturday: ‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’ and ‘Don’t Blink’
NYTimes - 6 months
A new documentary offers an intimate take on Whitney Houston’s career. And “Don’t Blink” turns the lens on the photographer Robert Frank.
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'Whitney' exposes rifts in Houston's tragic life
CNN - 6 months
The oddly punctuated title has multiple meanings in "Whitney. Can I Be Me," a documentary about the late singing star Whitney Houston, a woman torn among various factions and constituencies in a charmed, tormented and too-brief life.
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‘Whitney: Can I Be Me?’ tells a familiar yet always tragic story of a singer gone too soon
LATimes - 6 months
The life and too-early death of singer Whitney Houston was a train wreck lots of people say they saw coming but no one was able to stop. Dead at age 48 in her Beverly Hilton hotel room, Houston was as celebrated as she was gifted, and as clips from the documentary "Whitney: Can I Be Me?" demonstrate,...
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Whitney Houston birthday reignites Brandy vs. Monica
CNN - 7 months
Must you do the things you do, Brandy?
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People Are Loving This Video Of A Boy With Down Syndrome Singing Whitney Houston
Huffington Post - 7 months
This video is beyond heartwarming.
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People Can't Get Enough of This 9-Year-Old Boy with Down Syndrome Belting Whitney Houston
Yahoo News - 7 months
Prepare for your hearts to melt!
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WATCH: 9-year-old with Down syndrome singing Whitney Houston will melt your heart
abc News - 7 months
A video of Dane Miller, 9, performing Whitney Houston's 1993 hit, "I Have Nothing," has gone viral after his aunt, Jeanne Miller, posted it on Facebook.
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9-year-old with Down syndrome belting Whitney Houston will melt your heart
ABC News - 7 months
Footage of a boy performing a Whitney Houston classic is bringing smiles to millions on the Internet.
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Spine-Tingling Whitney Houston Cover Brings Down The House On 'America's Got Talent'
Huffington Post - 8 months
ALL THE CHILLS.
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Craig David On His Unstoppable Rise As One Of Britain’s Biggest Black Music Stars
Huffington Post - 8 months
Craig David spoke his career into existence when he titled his debut album “Born To Do It.” The British-born singer came on the scene in 2000 with a soulful single titled “7 Days,” breaking into the booming R&B era of the early aughts with a song that carried the smooth melodies and sensual lyrics that defined the genre at the time. His second single, “Fill Me In,” which came with a faster tempo, dropped shortly after to much fanfare.   With the release of several other bangers like “Walking Away” and “Rendezvous,” David’s popularity rapidly grew. Although he was just 18 years old when his first album dropped, he proved that he had the appeal to quickly amass a legion of fans worldwide while selling millions of records. Within months of the album’s debut, David had become a superstar ― and over the years, he has effectively cemented his status as one of Britain’s biggest black music stars.  Arena shows so soon. Fired up & ready to go @lukedyson ...
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Very Extra 4-Year-Old Outshines Pre-K Class In 'Moana' Performance
Huffington Post - 8 months
Some 4-year-olds are destined to shine. Sophia Urquijo sang a show-stealing rendition of “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s animated film “Moana” during her preschool graduation ceremony in Miami earlier this month. As seen in the video above, Sophia stands out among her classmates as she belts out the catchy Disney song with passion, emphasizing her high notes with dramatic arm movements reminiscent of a tiny Whitney Houston. The class’s performance of the “Moana” song was meant to be a surprise for the graduates’ parents, which made Sophia’s performance even more fun to watch, Michelle Neshin, Sophia’s mom, told “Inside Edition.” “I was like really shocked,” Neshin, 28, said. “I had no idea it was coming.” Sophia’s larger-than-life performance has been viewed more than 13 million times since Neshin posted the video on Facebook on June 10.  And if you couldn’t tell from the video, Neshin said that Sophia has a “huge, huge personality.”...
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Whitney Houston was never ready for fame, says new documentary
Reuters.com - 8 months
LONDON (Reuters) - Before the millions of record sales, hundreds of awards and international acclaim, Whitney Houston was simply "Nippy from Newark", a naive young girl, ill prepared for fame.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Whitney Houston
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 48
    On May 21, 2012, "Celebrate", the last song Houston recorded with Sparks, premiered at RyanSeacrest.com.
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    Houston was also featured, alongside other recently deceased figures from the movie industry, in the In Memoriam montage at the 84th Academy Awards on February 26, 2012.
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    The 2012 BRIT Awards, which took place at London's O2 Arena on February 21, also paid tribute to Houston by playing a 30-second video montage of her music videos with a snippet of "One Moment in Time" as the background music in the ceremony's first segment.
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    Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the 54th Grammy Awards, announced that Jennifer Hudson would perform a tribute to Houston at the February 12, 2012 ceremony.
    Some celebrities opposed Davis' decision to continue on the party while a police investigation was being conducted in Houston's hotel room and her body was still in the building. Chaka Khan, in an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan on February 13, 2012, shared that she felt the party should have been canceled, saying: "I thought that was complete insanity.
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    In June 2012, the McDonald's Gospelfest in Newark became a tribute to Houston.
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    Houston was buried on February 19, 2012, in Fairview Cemetery, in Westfield, New Jersey, next to her father, John Russell Houston, who died in 2003.
    Houston had an invitation-only memorial on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.
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    On March 22, 2012, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported the cause of Houston's death was drowning and the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use."
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    On February 9, 2012, Houston visited singers Brandy and Monica, together with Clive Davis, at their rehearsals for Davis' pre-Grammy Awards party at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.
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    On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California.
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  • 2011
    Age 47
    An image montage of Houston and important black figures who died in 2011 was followed by video footage from the 1994 ceremony, which depicted her accepting two Image Awards for outstanding female artist and entertainer of the year.
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    Later in the program, following a montage of photos of musicians who died in 2011 with Houston singing "Saving All My Love for You" at the 1986 Grammys, Hudson paid tribute to Houston and the other artists by performing "I Will Always Love You".
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    Houston's remake of Sparkle was filmed in the fall of 2011 over a two-month period, and was released by TriStar Pictures.
    In September 2011, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Houston would produce and star alongside Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps in the remake of the 1976 film Sparkle.
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    In May 2011, Houston enrolled in a rehabilitation center again, as an out-patient, citing drug and alcohol problems.
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    Early in 2011, she gave an uneven performance in tribute to cousin Dionne Warwick at music mogul Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala.
    Houston also performed the song "I Look to You" on the 2011 BET Celebration of Gospel, with gospel–jazz singer Kim Burrell, held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles.
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  • 2010
    Age 46
    Houston was the most awarded female artist of all time, according to Guinness World Records, with two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010.
    In April 2010, the UK newspaper The Mirror reported that Houston was thinking about recording her eighth studio album and wanted to collaborate with will.i.am (of The Black Eyed Peas), her first choice for a collaboration.
    In January 2010, Houston was nominated for two NAACP Image Awards, one for Best Female Artist and one for Best Music Video.
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    On January 26, 2010, her debut album was re-released in a special edition entitled Whitney Houston – The Deluxe Anniversary Edition.
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  • 2009
    Age 45
    In November, Houston performed "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" at the 2009 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California.
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    Houston gave her first interview in seven years in September 2009, appearing on Oprah Winfrey's season premiere.
    Houston released her new album, I Look to You, in August 2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 43
    In March 2007, Clive Davis of Arista Records announced that Houston would begin recording a new album.
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    The divorce was finalized on April 24, 2007, with Houston granted custody of the couple's daughter.
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    On February 1, 2007, Houston asked the court to fast track their divorce.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    After years of controversy and turmoil, Houston separated from Bobby Brown in September 2006, filing for divorce the following month.
  • 2005
    Age 41
    The series aired in 2005 and featured Houston in, what some would say, not her most flattering moments.
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  • 2004
    Age 40
    In September 2004, she gave a surprise performance at the World Music Awards in a tribute to long-time friend Clive Davis.
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    Having always been a touring artist, Houston spent most of 2004 touring and performing in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Russia.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 39
    In late 2003, Houston released her first Christmas album One Wish: The Holiday Album, with a collection of traditional holiday songs.
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    On a June 2003 trip to Israel, Houston said of her visit, "I've never felt like this in any other country.
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    Houston's father later died in February 2003.
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  • 2002
    Age 38
    In December 2002, Houston released her fifth studio album, Just Whitney.
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    Also in 2002, Houston did an interview with Diane Sawyer to promote her then-upcoming album.
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    In 2002, Houston became involved in a legal dispute with John Houston Enterprise.
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  • 2001
    Age 37
    In August 2001, Houston signed one of the biggest record deals in music history, with Arista/BMG.
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  • 2000
    Age 36
    On January 11, 2000, airport security guards discovered marijuana in both Houston's and husband Bobby Brown's luggage at a Hawaii airport, but the two boarded the plane and departed before authorities could arrive.
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  • 1999
    Age 35
    In November 1999, Houston was named Top-selling R&B Female Artist of the Century with certified US sales of 51 million copies at the time and The Bodyguard Soundtrack was named the Top-selling Soundtrack Album of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
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    In 1999, Houston participated in VH-1's Divas Live '99, alongside Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Tina Turner, and Cher.
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  • 1998
    Age 34
    After spending much of the early and mid-1990s working on motion pictures and their soundtrack albums, Houston's first studio album in eight years, the critically acclaimed My Love Is Your Love, was released in November 1998.
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  • 1997
    Age 33
    In 1997, Houston's production company changed its name to BrownHouse Productions and was joined by Debra Martin Chase.
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    She won Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist for the Preacher's Wife at the 1997 American Music Awards for the Preacher's Wife Soundtrack.
  • 1996
    Age 32
    She told Oprah that before The Bodyguard her drug use was light, but after the film's success and the birth of her daughter it got heavier, and by 1996 "drugs was an everyday thing...
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    In 1996, Houston starred in the holiday comedy The Preacher's Wife, with Denzel Washington.
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  • 1995
    Age 31
    In 1995, Houston starred alongside Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon in her second film, Waiting to Exhale, a motion picture about four African-American women struggling with relationships.
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  • 1994
    Age 30
    At the start of the awards ceremony, footage of Houston performing "I Will Always Love You" from the 1994 Grammys was shown following a prayer read by host LL Cool J.
    In October 1994, Houston attended and performed at a state dinner in the White House honoring newly elected South African president Nelson Mandela.
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    Houston won three Grammys for the album in 1994, including two of the Academy's highest honors, Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
    The film's original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 29
    Houston won a record 11 Billboard Music Awards at its fourth ceremony in 1993.
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    Her concerts, movie, and recording grosses made her the third highest earning female entertainer of 1993–94, just behind Oprah Winfrey and Barbra Streisand according to Forbes magazine.
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    Following the success of the project, Houston embarked on another expansive global tour, The Bodyguard World Tour, in 1993–94.
    In addition, she won a record 8 American Music Awards at that year's ceremony including the Award of Merit, 11 Billboard Music Awards, 3 Soul Train Music Awards in 1993–94 including Sammy Davis, Jr. Award as Entertainer of the Year, 5 NAACP Image Awards including Entertainer of the Year, a record 5 World Music Awards, and a BRIT award.
    Still, controversy arose as some felt the film's advertising intentionally hid Houston's face to hide the film's interracial relationship. In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1993, the singer commented that "people know who Whitney Houston is – I'm black.
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    On March 4, 1993, Houston gave birth to their daughter Bobbi Kristina, the couple's only child.
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  • 1992
    Age 28
    With the commercial success of her albums, movie offers poured in, including offers to work with Robert De Niro, Quincy Jones, and Spike Lee; but Houston felt the time wasn't right. Houston's first film role was in The Bodyguard, released in 1992 and co-starring Kevin Costner.
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    After a three-year courtship, the two were married on July 18, 1992.
  • 1991
    Age 27
    Later in 1991, Houston put together her Welcome Home Heroes concert with HBO for the soldiers fighting in the Persian Gulf War and their families.
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    During the Persian Gulf War, Houston performed "The Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV at Tampa Stadium on January 27, 1991.
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  • 1990
    Age 26
    In 1990, Houston was the spokesperson for a youth leadership conference hosted in Washington, D.C. She had a private audience with President George H. W. Bush in the Oval Office to discuss the associated challenges.
    Houston took a more urban direction with her third studio album, I'm Your Baby Tonight, released in November 1990.
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  • 1989
    Age 25
    At the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards, when Houston's name was called out for a nomination, a few in the audience jeered.
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    In 1989, Houston formed The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children, a non-profit organization that has raised funds for the needs of children around the world.
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  • 1988
    Age 24
    In the same year, she recorded a song for NBC's coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics, "One Moment in Time", which became a Top 5 hit in the US, while reaching number one in the UK and Germany.
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    Houston was a supporter of Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement. During her modeling days, the singer refused to work with any agencies who did business with the then-apartheid South Africa. On June 11, 1988, during the European leg of her tour, Houston joined other musicians to perform a set at Wembley Stadium in London to celebrate a then-imprisoned Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday.
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    Houston also won two American Music Awards in 1988 and 1989, respectively, and a Soul Train Music Award.
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    At the 30th Grammy Awards in 1988, Houston was nominated for three awards, including Album of the Year, winning her second Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)".
  • 1987
    Age 23
    With many expectations, Houston's second album, Whitney, was released in June 1987.
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  • 1986
    Age 22
    Houston won seven American Music Awards in total in 1986 and 1987, and an MTV Video Music Award. The album's popularity would also carry over to the 1987 Grammy Awards when "Greatest Love of All" would receive a Record of the Year nomination, ten years after the original recording of "The Greatest Love of All" by George Benson, which was the main theme of the boxer Muhammad Ali biopic "The Greatest" in 1977.
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    At the 1986 Grammy Awards, Houston was nominated for three awards including Album of the Year.
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    Houston was No. 1 artist of the year and Whitney Houston was the No. 1 album of the year on the 1986 Billboard year-end charts, making her the first woman to earn that distinction.
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    By 1986, a year after its initial release, Whitney Houston topped the Billboard 200 albums chart and stayed there for 14 non-consecutive weeks.
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  • 1985
    Age 21
    With production from Michael Masser, Kashif, Jermaine Jackson, and Narada Michael Walden, Houston's debut album Whitney Houston was released in February 1985.
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    It would also appear on her debut album in 1985.
  • 1984
    Age 20
    The single was released in 1984 and gave Houston her first taste of success, becoming a Top 5 R&B hit.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    Age 19
    Houston signed with Arista in 1983, but did not begin work on her album immediately.
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    In 1983, Gerry Griffith, an A&R representative from Arista Records, saw her performing with her mother in a New York City nightclub and was impressed.
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    She also appeared as a lead vocalist on one track on a Paul Jabara album, entitled Paul Jabara and Friends, released by Columbia Records in 1983.
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  • 1978
    Age 14
    In 1978, at age 15, Houston sang background vocals for Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls.
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  • 1977
    Age 13
    Houston spent some of her teenage years touring nightclubs where her mother Cissy was performing, and she would occasionally get on stage and perform with her. In 1977, at age 14, she became a backup singer on the Michael Zager Band's single "Life's a Party".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Age 3
    After the 1967 Newark riots, the family moved to a middle-class area in East Orange, New Jersey, when she was four.
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  • 1963
    Born
    Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963 in what was then a middle-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey.
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