American singer, actress and producer died on Saturday, February 11, at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles of unknown causes at this time. She was in Los Angeles to perform at a pre-Grammy party on Saturday night before tonight’s Grammy Awards.
"First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all. Second, I would like to say, I love you Whitney. The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage," said Houston's ex-husband and singer Bobby Brown at a performance in Southaven, Miss. a few hours after news of her death.
According to the Guiness World Records, she was the most-awarded female act of all time. She won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards amongst her 415 total career awards. She also sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.
She was the only artist to have seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits with “Saving All My Love for You,” “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.”
The singer also dabbed in some acting with her first role in 1992 with “The Bodyguard” with co-star Kevin Costner. The romantic thriller is about a former Secret Service agent who became a singer’s bodyguard to protect her from a stalker. She also recorded the movie’s hit single “I Will Always Love You,” which is the best-selling single by a female artist in music history.
In 1995, she starred in the romantic film “Waiting to Exhale” with Angela Bassett and directed by Forest Whittaker. The movie was adapted from the 1992 novel written by Terry McMillan. The story is about four female friends and their relationship with men and one another. Houston, with CeCe Winans, also contributed to the movie’s soundtrack with “Count on Me,” which landed to the top ten Billboard’s Hot 100 chart at that time.
Her next film was with the 1996’s romantic dramady “The Preacher’s Wife.” The Penny Marshall-directed film also starred Denzel Washington and Loretta Devine. It was the remake of the 1947 film “The Bishop’s Wife,” about an angel providing guidance to a church reverend. The soundtrack of the film became the best-selling gospel album of all time, which was performed by Houston.
In her final film role, she will be appearing in the upcoming TriStar Pictures’ “Sparkle,” a movie about three singing teenage sisters forming a girl group in the late 1950s Harlem. The film also starred Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, Mike Epps and Cee Lo Green. The film’s theatrical release date is set for August 17.
We’ll miss you, Whitney.
Here are some videos from her songs and movies below: