Whitney Houston was — and will always be — the true definition of a legend in more ways than one. This Black History Month, we honor the late star by remembering her incredible life.
Born August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey; Houston was always destined for greatness. She was the daughter of famed gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of recording artist Dionne Warwick and the goddaughter of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. If there was any child who was groomed for superstardom, it was young Whitney!
The soon-to-be icon got her start singing in her church where she always blew the audience away with her powerful vocals. It was during these times when she noticed how people reacted to her voice, which made Whitney realize that she had something special. At 15 years old, she was discovered by a photographer who loved her natural beauty and she began modeling. In fact, Whitney was one of the first black girls to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine. But, she always knew that singing was her true passion.
It wasn't until Whitney was 19 that she was discovered by Clive Davis, who immediately signed her after hearing her perform at a nightclub. Then, Whitney blew up!
The singer's debut album, Whitney Houston, was released in 1985. It featured some of Whitney's most popular songs like "Saving All My Love For You," "How Will I Know" and "Greatest Love Of All." Her second album, Whitney, came out two years later. With this second project, the superstar became the first woman in history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 charts.
Throughout Whitney's 20+ year career, she would go on to sell out concerts, act in blockbuster movies such as The Bodyguard and Waiting To Exhale -- while also releasing mega-successful soundtracks for the films -- and become one of the biggest stars the world had ever known.
Whitney was dubbed the greatest voice of all time. Naturally, this was expected when you consider the fact that she constantly snatched souls by making classic hits like "I Will Always Love You," "Exhale," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," "My Love Is Your Love," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "I Have Nothing," and countless more vocal masterpieces. And let's not forget Whitney's rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV, which is considered the best one in the championship's game history.
Moreover, the international legend became the most-awarded female of all time, winning over 415 awards in total from the Grammys, American Music Awards, Oscars, and more.
Many of today's top artists look up to Whitney for inspiring them. From Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Monica, Brandy and more; they all respect the late icon for giving them the keys to become great, themselves.
Whitney was and always will be an legend because she had the complete package. Besides the obvious talent; she had the beauty, influence, passion and more. We've collected the seven main traits Whitney possessed that made her the G.O.A.T. that she'll forever be in our hearts... and in music history. Enjoy.
Whitney Had Talent
Whitney Had Beauty
Whitney Had Style
Whitney Had Charm
Whitney Had Passion
Whitney Had Influence
Whitney Left A Legacy
There will never be another like the legendary Whitney Houston. Don't even try comparing another to this star. No one's remotely close.
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