Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston

Born

8/9/1963, East Orange, New Jersey

Died

2/11/2012

Birth Name

Whitney Elizabeth Houston

Gender

Female

Also Known As

The Prom Queen of Soul, Nippy
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Whitney Houston's career has resulted in many international awards. She achieved her first of six career Grammy awards for "Saving All My Love For You" (from her self-titled debut album), which won the Best Female Pop Vocal award for 1985, an award Whitney duplicated two years later for…more

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  • Trivia

    • Whitney's cover of Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You is considered her signature song. As of December 2007, her cover of the song is still her best selling single.

    • In September 2006, Whitney filed for divorce from her husband, Bobby Brown. In April 2007, she was awarded custody of their 14-year-old daughter, Bobbi Christina. Bobby's lawyer said he would file a petition to overturn the decision.

    • Whitney's song One Of Those Days samples and contains an interpolation of Between The Sheets by The Isley Brothers. This same sample has been used on Big Poppa by The Notorious B.I.G., Luxurious by Gwen Stefani, Funkdafied by Da Brat and Summer Wit Miami by Jim Jones.

    • In January 2007, Whitney went on a date with a singer almost half her age. Whitney was seen leaving the Beverly Hills restaurant 'Maestro' with Ray J, the 25-year-old brother of singer Brandy.

    • In January, 2007, Whitney sold off clothes and instruments - along with music awards won by her soon-to-be ex-husband, Bobby Brown - to pay a debt to the warehouse storing the items. More than 400 lots were put up for sale, including pianos, keyboards, organs, drums, designer hats, shoes and outfits from well-known names like Giorgio Armani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Pamela Dennis, Gianni Versace and Dolce & Gabbana. Among the more intriguing items were "Whitney's Throne" chair, a designer Lucite cocktail stand, a church pew and some of Whitney's undergarments.

    • In October 2006, it was revealed that Whitney was living with drug counselor Warren Boyd, paying him $1300 a day to help keep her clean and sober.


    • Whitney wowed crowds in late October 2006 as she made her first public appearance since leaving rehab and filing for divorce from Bobby Brown. Whitney had a new blonde hair and wore a black Armani gown complete with diamonds as she joined a host of stars for the 17th Carousel of Hope Ball.

    • MISCELLANEOUS : AWARDS & HONOURS - NOMINATED & WON
      1988 Distinguished Artist/Humanitarian Award-National Urban Coalition
      1988 Outstanding Achievement in Humanitarianism Award-The Government of Switzerland
      1988 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters-Grambling State University
      1988 Favourite Female Vocalist-People Magazine Reader Poll
      1988 Americas Greatest Smiles-American Dental Hygienists Association
      1990 Appointed by George Bush Points of Light Contributing Leadership Award
      1990 The United Negro College Fund Founder Award - The Frederick D. Patterson Award
      1990 The Songwriters' Hall of Fame Hitmakers Award
      1990 Essence Award for the Performing Arts
      1991 The American Cinema Performer of the Year Award
      1991 The Music Award - American Black Achievement Awards
      1992 The Childrens' Diabetes Foundation Brass Ring Award
      1995 VH-1 Honour-for Whitney Houston Foundation for Children
      1995 Distinguished Achievement in Music and Film/Video - The 2nd Annual International Achievement in Arts Award
      1997 The Triumphant Spirit Award-Essence Magazine
      1997 The Top Contribution To Gospel By A Mainstream Artist-Gospel Music Association
      1997 ASCAP Pop Awards - Count On Me

    • MTV EUROPE AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      2000 Best Female Artist
      2000 R&B Artist

    • BRIT AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      2000 Best International Female

    • NRJ AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      2000 Best Female International Artist
      2000 International Album of the Year

    • WORLD MUSIC AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      1994 Best Selling American Recording Artist of the Year
      1994 World's Best Selling Pop Artist
      1994 World's Best Selling R&B Artist
      1994 World's Best Selling Overall Recording Artist
      1994 World's Best Selling Recording Artist of the Era

    • NICKELODEON KIDS CHOICE AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      1996 Hall Of Fame Inductee
      1997 Favourite Movie Actress
      1988 Best Female Singer-Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards

    • FIRST ANNUAL GARDEN STATE MUSIC AWARDS (NJ) - NOMINATED & WON
      1988 Best Music Video - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
      1988 Best Female Vocalist, Rock/Pop
      1988 Best Single Rock/Pop - So Emotional
      1988 Best Single R&B/Dance - So Emotional
      1988 Best Female Vocalist, R&B/Dance
      1988 Best LP R&B/Dance - Whitney
      1988 Best LP Rock/Pop - Whitney

    • MTV MOVIE AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      1993 Best Song - I Will Always Love You
      1993 Best Female Performance - The Bodyguard
      1993 Best On Screen Couple - Whitney Houston & Kevin Costner
      1993 Breakthrough Performance - The Bodyguard
      1996 1996 Best Song From A Movie - Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)

    • MTV AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      1986 Best Female Video of the Year - How Will I Know

    • CABLE ACE AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      1991 Performance in a Musical Special or Series - HBO Presents Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston
      1991 Music Special - HBO Presents Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston
      1995 Performance in a Music Special or Series - Whitney, The Concert For A New South Africa¡¨
      1995 Performance in a Music Special or Series - VH-1 Honours With CeCe Winans

    • PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      1987 Favourite Female Musical Performer
      1988 Favourite Female Musical Performer
      1989 Favourite All-Around Female Performer
      1989 Favourite Female Musical Performer
      1993 Favourite New Music Video - I Will Always Love You
      1993 Favourite Female Musical Performer
      1993 Favourite Actress in A Dramatic Motion Picture
      1996 Favourite Female Musical Performer
      1997 Favourite Female Musical Performer
      1998 Favourite Female Musical Performer

    • BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      1996 Favourite Song From A Movie - Exhale - Waiting To Exhale
      1997 Favourite Female-R&B - The Preacher's Wife
      1997 Favourite Female-Comedy/Romance - The Preacher's Wife
      1998 Favourite Soundtrack - The Preacher's Wife

    • NAACP IMAGE AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      1991 Outstanding Female Artist
      1991 Outstanding Variety Series or Special - HBO Presents Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston
      1994 Entertainer of the Year
      1994 Outstanding Female Artist
      1994 Outstanding Music Video - I'm Every Woman
      1994 Outstanding Album - The Bodyguard
      1994 Outstanding Soundtrack Album, Film or TV - The Bodyguard
      1994 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture - The Bodyguard
      1996 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture - Waiting To Exhale
      1996 Outstanding Performance in an Educational/Informational Youth or Childrens' TV Series/Special - Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
      1996 Outstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special - VH-1 Honours: Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans
      1996 Outstanding Female Artist - Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)
      1996 Outstanding Song - Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)
      1996 Outstanding Album - Waiting To Exhale
      1996 Outstanding Soundtrack - Waiting To Exhale
      1997 Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture - The Preacher's Wife
      1997 Outstanding Gospel Artist - The Preacher's Wife
      1997 Outstanding Album - The Preacher's Wife
      1998 Outstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special - c Whitney: Live From Washington D.C.
      1998 Outstanding Television Movie/Mini Series/Dramatic Special - Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
      2000 Outstanding Song - My Love Is Your Love
      2000 Outstanding Female Artist - Heartbreak Hotel

    • BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      1991 Best R&B Singles Artist
      1991 Best R&B Album Artist
      1991 Best R&B Album - I'm Your Baby Tonight
      1991 Best R&B Artist
      1993 World Artist
      1993 Album of the Year - The Bodyguard
      1993 Soundtrack Album - The Bodyguard
      1993 Album Most Weeks at #1- The Bodyguard
      1993 World Single - I Will Always Love You
      1993 Hot 100 Singles Artist
      1993 Hot 100 Single - I Will Always Love You
      1993 Single Most Weeks at #1 - I Will Always Love You
      1993 R&B Singles Artist
      1993 R&B Single - I Will Always Love You
      1993 R&B Album - The Bodyguard
      1993 Best Adult Contemporary Artist

    • SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      1987 Album of the Year, Female - Whitney Houston
      1987 Single of the Year - Greatest Love of All
      1988 Album of the Year, Female - Whitney
      1988 Best Music Video - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
      1989 Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Single, Female - Where Do Broken Hearts Go
      1992 Best R&B/Soul Single, Female - All The Man That I Need
      1992 Best R&B/Soul Album - I'm Your Baby Tonight
      1993 Best R&B Single, Female - I Will Always Love You
      1994 Sammy Davis Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award
      1994 Best R&B Song of the Year - I Will Always Love You
      1994 Best R&B Single Female - I Have Nothing
      1995 Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Award
      1996 Best R&B/Soul Single, Female - Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)
      1996 Best R&B/Soul or Rap Song of the Year - Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)
      1998 Quincy Jones Career Achievement Award
      2000 Artist of the Decade

    • AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON 1985 Favourite Soul/R&B Single - You Give Good Love
      1985 Favourite Soul/R&B Video Single - Saving All My Love
      1985 Favourite Soul/R&B Female Vocalist
      1985 Favourite Pop/Rock Female Vocalist
      1985 Favourite Soul/R&B Album - Whitney Houston
      1985 Favourite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist
      1986 Favourite Pop/Rock Female Vocalist
      1986 Favourite Pop/Rock Album - Whitney Houston
      1986 Favourite Soul/R&B Female Vocalist
      1986 Favourite Soul/R&B Album - Whitney Houston
      1986 Favourite Soul/R&B Video Single - Greatest Love of All
      1986 Favourite Pop/Rock Female Video Artist
      1986 Favourite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist
      1987 Favourite Pop/Rock Female Vocalist
      1987 Favourite Pop/Rock Single - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
      1988 Favourite Pop/Rock Female Vocalist
      1988 Favourite Soul/R&B Female Vocalist
      1991 Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist
      1991 Favourite Soul/R&B Female Artist
      1991 Favourite Soul/R&B Album - I'm Your Baby Tonight
      1991 Favourite A/C Artist
      1991 Favourite A/C Album - I'm Your Baby Tonight
      1994 Award of Merit
      1994 Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist
      1994 Favourite Pop/Rock Single - I Will Always Love You
      1994 Favourite Pop/Rock Album - The Bodyguard
      1994 Favourite Soul/R&B Female Artist
      1994 Favourite Soul/R&B Single - I Will Always Love You
      1994 Favourite Soul/R&B Album - The Bodyguard
      1994 Favourite Adult Contemporary Album - The Bodyguard
      1994 Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist
      1997 Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist
      1997 Favourite Soundtrack - Waiting To Exhale
      1998 Favourite Soundtrack - The Preacher's Wife
      2000 Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist
      2000 Favourite Soul/R&B Female Artist
      2000 Favourite Soul/R&B Album - My Love Is Your Love

    • EMMY AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON 1986 Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - The 28th Annual Grammy Award 1988 Outstanding Musical Performance in a Sports Program - One Moment In Time (performed at the Special Olympics)

    • GRAMMY AWARDS - NOMINATED & WON
      1985 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female - Saving All My Love
      1985 Album of the Year - Whitney Houston
      1985 R&B Female Vocal (Solo)
      1986 Record of the Year - Greatest Love of All
      1987 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
      1987 Album of the Year - Whitney
      1987 R&B Female Vocal
      1988 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female - One Moment In Time
      1991 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female - All The Man That I Need
      1992 Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female - I Belong To You
      1994 Album of the Year¡ - The Bodyguard
      1994 Record of the Year - I Will Always Love You
      1994 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female - I Will Always Love You
      1994 Best R&B Vocal Performance - I'm Every Woman
      1997 Album of the Year¡ - Waiting to Exhale
      1997 Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals - Count On Me
      1997 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)
      1998 Best R&B Vocal Performance - Believe In You & Me
      2000 Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals - When You Believe¨
      2000 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - It's Not Right But It's Okay
      2000 Best R&B Performance, Duo or Group with Vocals - Heartbreak Hotel
      2000 Best R&B Album¡ - My Love Is Your Love

    • In January 2000, security guards discovered half an ounce of marijuana in Whitney & Bobby's luggage.

    • Whitney's 26 American Music Awards, remains a record for any artist.

    • In September 2001, false reports that Whitney had died were released, forcing Whitney's spokesperson to quickly deny the rumours.

    • Whitney sang The Star Spangled Banner at the 1991 Superbowl. Her version of the national anthem shot to #20 on the Billboard Charts.

    • As at March 2007, Whitney's debut album Whitney Houston remains the world's best selling debut album by a female, with over 24 million copies sold. Whitney also became the first female album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts.

    • In 1983, Whitney held the number one spot for 14 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 for her rendition of I Will Always Love You.

    • Whitney & Bobby's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was born on March 4, 1993.

    • Whitney's height is 5'8" (1.73m).

    • In 1997, the Franklin School was renamed to the Whitney E. Houston School of Creative and Performing Arts in honor of her.

    • Whitney was a model prior to becoming a singer and has appeared on the cover of Seventeen magazine.

    • Whitney holds the record of seven consecutive #1 records in the USA.

    • Whitney began singing at the age of 11 in the gospel choir, 'New Hope Baptist Junior Choir'.

    • As at March 2007, Whitney's version of I Will Always Love You is the best-selling single by a female artist of all time. It sold almost nine million copies. Her version of the song was ranked #65 on 'The 100 Years of The Greatest Songs' as compiled by the American Film Institute.

    • Whitney auditioned for the role of Sondra Huxtable on The Cosby Show.

    • Whitney contributed to The King and I soundtarck with her hit When You Believe with Mariah Carey in 1998.

    • The Whitney Houston Foundation for Children is a non-profit organization focusing on cancer and AIDS.

    • Whitney is the daughter of singer Cissy Houston and cousin to singer Dionne Warwick. She has two brothers - Michael and Gary.

  • Quotes

    • Whitney Houston: (on the release of her 7th album, "Just Whitney") This album for me is about surviving, raising a family, being a wife or girlfriend and all the challenges that go along with those things. These songs are more about creating a mood than about anything in particular.

    • Whitney Houston: No, I'm not a drug addict, and neither is my husband. If that were so, you'd get a lot less work out of me. It would show in the performances and in the work.

    • Whitney Houston: God gave me a voice to sing with, and when you have that, what other gimmick is there?

    • Whitney Houston: I don't like it when they [media critics] see me as this little person who doesn't know what to do with herself -- like I have no idea what I want, like I'm just a puppet . . . . That's demeaning to me, because that ain't how it is, and it never was.

    • Whitney Houston: (on husband Bobby Brown) Contrary to belief, I do the hitting, he doesn't. He has never put his hands on me. He is not a woman-beater. We are crazy for one another. I mean crazy in love, love, love, love, love. When we're fighting, it's like that's love for us. We're fighting for our love.

    • Whitney Houston: Being around people like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Gladys Knight and Roberta Flack... had a great impact on me as a singer, as a performer, as a musician.

    • Whitney Houston: I know that I could really kill for my daughter. I know because I'm living for her, so I'm fierce when it comes down to it. And I feel the same about my husband and my family. I'm just fiercely protective. It's like, that's my lair and nobody messes with my lair.

    • Whitney Houston: I've got a good man. He takes care of me. I don't have to be scared of anything because I know he will kick every ass... disrespect him and you've got a problem.

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