The world was shocked with the news that music sensation Whitney Houston was discovered dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, just hours before she was to attend the annual Clive Davis Pre-Grammy party at the hotel. At the young age of 48, she joins the likes of Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse as musical talents who were lost far too soon. In her almost 30 year career, Whitney Houston has sold over 170 million records. Her claim to fame will always be her cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”, which she released in the early 1990’s. She is considered one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time, influencing the likes of Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. A six-time Grammy Award winner, Whitney Houston experimented from styles ranging from pop to R&B to dance music. Her influence on the world of music is undeniable–in the hour after the news of her passing broke, there were over 2 million Tweets on the subject. Artists from every genre of music expressed their condolences at the loss of such a talent. With the Grammy Awards set to occur 24 hours after the news of Whitney’s death, the producers decided against a huge tribute and instead opted for a simple acknowledgement. There was more black than usual on the red carpet in mourning, and singer Jennifer Hudson performed Whitney’s perennial hit “I Will Always Love You”.
Here are a few other notable performances from Whitney’s incredible career:
National Anthem at 1991 Super Bowl:
“When You Believe” featuring Mariah Carey from Prince Of Egypt soundtrack, nominated for 1999 Grammy for Best Original Song; performed live at the ceremony
“I Will Always Love You” Official Music Video
Hit TV show “Glee” had already incorporated a cover of “I Will Always Love You” into their Valentine’s Day episode that aired 3 days after Whitney’s death.
Since her passing, her music has jumped back into the top 10 on the music charts. Whitney can be seen in the forthcoming movie “Sparkle” alongside Jordin Sparks, set to be released later this year.
*photo by David Corio via nytimes.com