On February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, California. Beverly Hills paramedics found the singer unresponsive and performed CPR for about 20 minutes before declaring her dead at 3:55 p.m. PST. No cause of death has been released to the public.
Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all time. Her list of awards includes two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards. She was also one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.
Her 1985 debut album Whitney Houston became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. Her second studio album Whitney (1987) became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Her first soundtrack album, Bodyguard (which also her first acting role as the star) won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The lead single “I Will Always Love You”, became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. Another soundtrack of hers released in 1996, The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history.
Whitney was the only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 (“Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know”, “Greatest Love of All”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional”, and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”).
In 1988, Whitney Houston 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.
On January 27, 1991, during Persian Gulf War, Whitney Houston performed “The Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV. Due to overwhelming response to her rendition, it was released as a commercial single and video of her performance, and reached the Top 20 on the US Hot 100, making her the only act to turn the national anthem into a pop hit of that magnitude. Rolling Stone commented that “her singing stirs such strong patriotism. Unforgettable,” ranked #1 on the 25 most memorable music moments in NFL history list. VH1 listed the performance as one of the greatest moments that rocked TV.
In August 2001, Houston signed the biggest record deal in music history with Arista/BMG. She renewed her contract for $100 million to deliver six new albums.
Whitney Houston was undoubtedly one of the greatest vocalists of all time.
May she rest in peace, and her music shall live on until the end of time.